A Trip Through Rimini - The Previous and Present4882958
If Sigismondo Malatesta a well-known 15th Century Lord of Rimini came back, what would he make of Rimini today? Apart from some of the obvious variations between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the modern city these days, (Malatesta's castle is still standing) the presence of vehicles, contemporary buildings and electrical lighting would most likely amaze him. The most incredible factor though apart from the above would most likely be Rimini's move to the coast.
The city of Rimini in Malatesta's era had its defences inland which ran about what is today recognized as the centro storico. When Sigismondo Malatesta came to power he decided a alter was in order and promptly embarked on a vast developing programme which included the Tempio
Malatesta - 1 of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Europe - and his huge and very modern fortress, the Rocca Malatesta. The city of Malatesta was built on top of the existing city - in other words on the website of the Roman city of Ariminum which was founded in the year 286 B.C. Malatesta utilized the current Roman monuments at the time, including the well-known Ponte di Tiberio and Arco d'Augustoand incorporated them into his city. These famous monuments can still be seen these days on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini today, Malatesta would find the stunning sandy beaches and their magnetism quite puzzling throughout the summer time months. Back in Malatesta's day the practice of lying in the sun on the beach and going for a dip would have been strange if not harmful as the beaches back then were places for smuggling and brigandry as they had been away from the city of Rimini's main defences. Italian cities just like
Rimini had been frequently at war with each other and were in continuous conflict with their neighbours. Malatesta, all through his life was in a continuous power struggle with Federico da Montefeltro, Lord of Urbino and also the Pope.We also know that Pope Pius II excommunicated Sigismondo in 1460 declaring him a heretic.
So when did Rimini start to turn out to be a city that is, for Italians and the many vacationers from the world more than, synonymous with sun, sea, and sand? In his fascinating study of the history of sea bathing in Rimini - Una costa lunga due secoli (Panozzo Editore), Professor Feruccio Farina, of the University of Urbino, sheds light on 1 of the first tourist to take a dip in the beautiful sea in Rimini. Her name was Elisabeth Kenny, and she was the young Irish wife of a Roman noble. Professor Feruccio Farina says that she is recorded as getting visited the city of Rimini in the summer month of August of 1790 (over 300 years following the death of Sigismondo Malatesta), and stayed for more than two weeks to benefit from the wonderful sea air and waves.
Rimini is one of these classic vacation destinations for Italians and tourist alike. Rimini has been blessed with sun, sand and sea as well as culture. The classic beach holiday and culture holiday coexist here in Rimini a lot to the delight of all that arrive here. Rimini is easily reached by many direct flights from many cities about Europe.