Best free things to see in Rimini!
Enjoy Rimini doing all of these things which are free, from visiting churches to enjoying spectacular views
to enjoying local traditions and culture.
The majestic five-arched Tiberius' Bridge dates from AD 21. In Roman times it marked the start of the Via Emilia – the important arterial road between the Adriatic Coast (at Rimini) and the Po river valley (at Piacenza) – which linked up here with the Via Flaminia from Rome. These days, the bridge still connects Rimini's city centre to the old fishing quarter of Borgo San Giuliano and rests on its original foundations consisting of an ingenious construction of wooden stilts.
Borgo San Giuliano
Just over the Ponte di Tiberio, Rimini's old fishing quarter has been freshened up and is now a colourful patchwork of cobbled lanes, trendy trattorias, wine bars and trim terraced houses (read: prime real estate). Look out for the numerous murals.
This Roman triumphal arch, the oldest of its kind in northern Italy, was commissioned by Emperor Augustus in 27 BC and stands an impressive 17m high on modern-day Corso d'Augusto. It was once the end point of the ancient Via Flaminia that linked Rimini with Rome. Buildings that had grown up around the arch were demolished in 1935 to improve its stature.
Basilica Catedrale (Tempio Malatestiano)
Built originally in 13th-century Gothic style and dedicated to St Francis, Rimini's cathedral was radically transformed in the mid-1400s into a Renaissance Taj Mahal for the tomb of Isotta degli Atti, beloved mistress of roguish ruler Sigismondo Malatesta. Sigismondo hired Florentine architect Leon Battista Alberti to redesign the church in 1450, and the resulting edifice, while incomplete, is replete with Alberti’s grandiose Roman-inspired touches, along with elements that glorify Sigismondo and Isotta, including numerous medallions bearing the two lovers’ initials.
Fontana dei Quattro Cavalli
The fountain is one of the symbols of Rimini as a seaside resort, built in 1928 by riminese sculptor Filogenio Fabbri. Demolished in 1954, was accurately reconstructed in 1983, recomposing the original parts. The fountain features a large circular basin, overlooked by four marine horses which sustain the superior basin.
Piazza Cavour is bordered by the town hall, palazzo dell'Arengo (or Assembly palace), palace of the Podestà, (all of which date from the 13 to 14C, although most have been remodelled many times over the years) and the Teatro Galli, inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857 with the first performance of Aroldo.
Fontana della Pigna
The famous fountain La Fontana Della Pigna was built in 1543 by Giovanni da Carrara, although in part it dates back to the Roman period. There is also an inscription here that refers to Leonardo da Vinci.
Piazza Tre Martiri
The Piazza Tre Martiri was the center of the ancient Roman town of Ariminium, which dates back to 268 B.C. While it is most famous for being a historical site for the Roman Empire, the square was also the site where three citizens were executed by Nazi forces in 1944. The square’s name name translates to “Square of the Three Martyrs”.
Antica Pescheria di Piazza Cavour
The stunning Antica Pescheria (Old Fish Market) was designed by the architect Giovan Francesco Buonamici and built in 1743. With its white marble slabs, tall columns and elegant original features, it is one of the city’s most attractive buildings.
The Roman amphitheatre is the third of the big Roman monuments in Rimini. It was probably built in the 2nd century AD being the most important amphitheatre in Emilia Romagnawith a capacity of 12,000 spectators. Little of the elliptical rings and approx. 60 arches has been preserved to this day. Big parts of the theatre were completely destroyed in World War II. In spite of the meagre ruins of this once grand structure, it is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre in the Emilia Romagna today.