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 with 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.
Passing next to the archaeological site of the Surgeon’s House, with findings from the Roman period partially visible even from the street, 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.
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.
If you are by bus the drop off / drop on point is the stop Arena in Via Roma.
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 in the car parks or at the drop off/ drop on point.
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?
No, but you will need from 2.00 to 4.00 euros per group to illuminate the frescoes of Sant’Agostino.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
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?
There are no entrance fees.
Where are the tourist information offices?
There is one close to the train station and another one in Piazza Cavour.
Are there public toilets?
Yes, at the train station (0.70 euros) or free at the Mercato Coperto, close to the Tempio Malatestiano.