Fusing the charm of an elegant Adriatic resort and the energy of a world-class nightclubbing center, Rimini is one of Italy's leading beach destinations, with some hidden depths that culture lovers will adore.
Above all else, people flock to Rimini for the nightlife. Megaclubs like Baia Imperiale and Carnaby attract world-class DJs and massive crowds. If you love to dance, they aren't to be missed.
Rimini's beach is long, sandy and enjoys almost constant summer sunshine. On such a large beach, you should be able to find plenty of room, even at the height of tourist season.
If you are into world cinema, you'll know the name Federico Fellini. The director of classics like La Dolce Vita and La Strada was born in Rimini and visitors can tour the excellent Fellini Museum.
The modern tourist city is a long way from Roman Arminum, but you can still tour the atmospheric ruins of the Roman city, including the impressive Augustus Arch.
Every July, Rimini lights up its promenades in pink and creates an enchanting space to socialize, dine, walk and party, with plenty of live music and a spectacular fireworks display.
Rimini is mainly a summer destination. July brings the Notte Rose festival and sees the clubs filling up, but if you want thinner crowds, try a break in May or late September.
Rimini International Airport offers a range of flights from European hubs like Amsterdam or Berlin. Take Bus number 9 from the airport, which costs EUR1.60.
You can reach Rimini directly by train from Bologna and indirectly from Milan, Rome and Venice. It takes around 3 hours from Rome at a cost of about EUR30.
From Florence or Rome, take the E35 to Bologna, then the E45 to Rimini. The E35 southbound runs from Milan, while you'll need to take the A13 from Venice.
Flixbus operate a daily bus service from Rome to Rimini and Baltour offer a service with one change. The quickest bus journey from Rome takes about 6 hours.
Rimini has plenty of superb seafront accommodation, including the exceptional Grand Hotel Rimini and the more modern Hotel Mercure Rimini Artis.
Centro Storico - Rimini's city center was heavily bombed in World War Two, but has been lovingly restored. It's a lovely, atmospheric part of town.
Rivabella - The northern part of Rimini, Rivabella has a fine beach and plenty of green space as well as great seafront eateries like La Posada or Terae Maris.
Riccione - South of Rimini, Riccione is a lively resort suburb with one major attraction: the superb Oltremare water park.
Rimini's bus network is a good way to travel the coast. Single tickets cost EUR1.30.
If you need to take a taxi in Rimini, expect to pay a meter drop of around EUR7.50, then EUR5 per mile.
Having a car is a great way to see the coast and the inland principality of San Marino. You can rent a vehicle from Hertz, Budget or Europcar for a daily rate of around EUR10-15.
The Centro Storico features some of Italy's most prestigious fashion labels, with Gucci and Prada being represented, but it's the smaller independent stores that shine. Check out stores like Nicole's Boutique or Sabattini to uncover Italian apparel gems.
Local supermarkets include Coop and Conad, where you can expect to pay around EUR2.50 for 12 eggs.
Rimini has some first-class Italian restaurants. Don't miss highlights like La Marianna (that specializes in Adriatic seafood) and Osteria de Borg, where meat is the star. Meals should cost between EUR15 and EUR25 per head.