Rimini has a dual identity: one historic and artistic, the other related to its reputation as a seaside resort. It is known throughout the world for its beaches and its bathing facilities. Ariminum was a Roman colony officially founded in 268 BC and the modern-day city still bears testimony to this fact with many monuments: the Arch of Augustus, the Bridge of Tiberius, the Surgeon’s House and the ruins of an amphitheatre. It was connected to Rome via the Flaminian Way, to Piacenza via Aemilian Way and to Aquileia via Popilia-Annia Way which passed through Ravenna.
The Malatesta Family, which already had strongholds in Verucchio and Pennabilli since 12th century, then transferred its main headquarters to Rimini in 1355.
From here a series of expansionary measures began which led the Malatestas to clash with the Duchy of Montefeltro in Urbino. As a result they dotted the hills of Rimini and some areas of the Marche and Tuscany with fortresses and castles, which are still visited and well preserved today. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta commissioned the construction of Castel Sismondo and the Malatesta Temple, considered the first monument of the Italian Renaissance.
Rimini is also the birthplace of Federico Fellini, who was a great film director of international fame. Borgo San Giuliano is a picturesque area, frequented mostly by local people, a place full of wine bars and small restaurants offering Romagna specialities; until the last century it was the fishermen’s quarter.