If you have a means of transport, we can begin the visit with a short panoramic tour along the coast to the famous Grand Hotel.
The classic itinerary of the historic center starts from the Roman Arena. The remains of this amphitheater are the last testimonies of grandiose shows of gladiators that amused the Rimini of the III century.
As further proof of the importance of Rimini at the time of imperial Rome, we continue to the Arch of Augustus, a monumental entrance to the Roman city of the first century BC.
Walking along Corso d’Augusto, ancient “decumanus”, we reach Piazza Tre Martiri, ancient Roman forum transformed for centuries into the lively “piazza delle erbe” surrounded by shops and by the lovely sixteenth-century temple dedicated to Sant’Antonio da Padova.
Piazza Tre Martiri and the surrounding areas host, every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the general market of the city, the largest in the Emilia Romagna region.
Walking along the ancient “cardo” we reach the Church of Sant’Agostino decorated in its interior by majestic frescoes of the great painters of the ‘300 school of Rimini. From here, passing through Castel Sismondo, residence-fortress of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, lord of Rimini in the fifteenth century, we arrive in Piazza Cavour, the second forum of the Roman Rimini, which assumed a primary role from in the Middle Ages.
Here we can admire the facades of Palazzo Garampi (now the Town Hall), the medieval Palazzo dell’Arengo and Palazzo del Podestà, government buildings since the thirteenth-century, and the eighteenth-century Pescheria. At the end of the square the beautiful Teatro Comunale, in neoclassical style, inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi.
In the middle of the square the famous statue of Paul V and the medieval Fontana della Pigna, also admired by Leonardo da Vinci.
From here, in a few minutes, passing through the Fellini’s Cinema Fulgor, we reach the Bridge of Tiberio, a majestic 1st-century Istrian stone bridge.
Crossing the river Marecchia, the ancient Ariminus that gave its name to the city, you reach the Borgo San Giuliano, an ancient neighborhood of fishermen and artisans, today decorated with murals and paintings linked to the city’s culture and to Fellini. Here we can visit the Church of San Giuliano, which houses not only the saint’s sarcophagus of the third century but also a beautiful painting by Veronese in 1588 and a wonderful altarpiece of 1409 local school.
Walking along the elegant via Gambalunga you reach the archaeological site of the Surgeon’s House with mosaic floors from the 2nd to the 6th century. The visit ends with the Malatesta Temple, one of the most representative examples of Italian Renaissance. Conceived as a pantheon of the Malatesta by Sigismondo Pandolfo in the fifteenth century, built and decorated by artists such as Leon Battista Alberti and Agostino di Duccio, is today the cathedral of the city. Inside there are paintings by Giotto and Piero della Francesca.
Instead of Borgo di San Giuliano, we can, together with the visit of the Surgeon’s House archaeological site, visit also the adjacent Civic Museum to admire, in addition to various archaeological finds, the very rich surgical equipment of the II century composed of more than 150 pharmaceutical instruments and medical devices.
The visiting order of the monuments is not the one listed above and is adjusted according to the needs of visitors. We do not assume responsibility for ticket increases or changes of monuments opening hours that may occur during the year.
For some questions you find a faster answer here than writing us:
Where can I park?
If you are by car you can park in the parking Tiberio, behind the Bridge of Tiberio bridge (daily rate of € 2.00). In the area of the station there is the Rimini Parking (daily rate of € 5.00). In the city center there are also several parking lots with parking meters where daily rates are often applicable: € 5.00 within the walls, € 2.50 outside the walls. Depending on your needs it may be better to choose one of the these parking areas: we will tell you which one is the most convenient when you book.
Coaches can park right in front of the meeting point with the guide, at the Settebello parking (toll parking) that is in front of the amphitheater.
Where do I meet the guide?
If you are already in the city center the guide can meet you in your hotel or in front of the Arch of Augustus. If you arrive directly for the guided tour then the guide can pick you up at your parking.
Can mobility impaired people enter everywhere?
Yes, the monuments of this itinerary are also accessible for mobility impaired people.
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
Yes, the costs are as follows:
– 7.00 euros for the Surgeon’s House (ticket that includes also the City Museum) – 5.00 for over 65, between 18 and 25 years old and groups over 12 people – 3.00 euros for groups accompanied by a regional guide – free under 18 years old.
– from 2.00 to 4.00 euros per group to light up the frescoes of Sant’Agostino.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
For the City Museum and the Surgeon’s House groups have to book contacting the number +39 0541 704421/26/28 at least one week in advance. For the Church of Sant’Agostino should be contacted the number 0541 781268 as the access to the presbytery and to the bell tower are allowed only if accompanied.
Is it possible to pay the tickets in advance or with credit card?
Yes it is.
Where are the tourist information offices?
There is one in the train station.
Are there public toilets?
Yes, at the train station or at Mercato Coperto, close to Tempio Malatestiano.