A Trip Through Rimini - The Past and Present4918276
If Sigismondo Malatesta a well-known 15th Century Lord of Rimini came back, what would he make of Rimini these days? Apart from some of the obvious differences in between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the modern city today, (Malatesta's castle is nonetheless standing) the presence of vehicles, modern buildings and electrical lighting would probably amaze him. The most amazing thing though apart from the above would probably be Rimini's move to the coast.
The city of Rimini in Malatesta's era had its defences inland which ran around what is today known as the centro storico. When Sigismondo Malatesta came to power he decided a alter was in order and promptly embarked on a vast building programme which included the Tempio
Malatesta - one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Europe - and his enormous and extremely modern fortress, the Rocca Malatesta. The city of Malatesta was built on leading of the current city - in other words on the site of the Roman city of Ariminum which was founded in the year 286 B.C. Malatesta utilized the current Roman monuments at the time, such as the well-known Ponte di Tiberio and Arco d'Augustoand incorporated them into his city. These well-known monuments can nonetheless be noticed these days on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini these days, Malatesta would discover the stunning sandy beaches and their magnetism quite puzzling during 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 had been locations for smuggling and brigandry as they were away from the city of Rimini's main defences. Italian cities just like
Rimini were frequently at war with every other and were in continuous conflict with their neighbours. Malatesta, all through his life was in a continuous energy 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 begin to become a city that is, for Italians and the numerous vacationers from the world over, 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 one of the initial 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 time month of August of 1790 (more than 300 years following the death of Sigismondo Malatesta), and stayed for over two weeks to benefit from the fantastic sea air and waves.
Rimini is 1 of these classic holiday destinations for Italians and tourist alike. Rimini has been blessed with sun, sand and sea as well as culture. The classic beach vacation and culture holiday coexist here in Rimini a lot to the delight of all that arrive here. Rimini is effortlessly reached by numerous direct flights from numerous cities around Europe.