A Trip Through Rimini - The Previous and Present5534741
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 apparent variations in between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the modern city today, (Malatesta's castle is nonetheless standing) the presence of vehicles, contemporary buildings and electrical lighting would probably amaze him. The most amazing 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 these days known as the centro storico. When Sigismondo Malatesta came to power he decided a change 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 constructed on leading 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 used the existing Roman monuments at the time, including the famous Ponte di Tiberio and Arco d'Augustoand incorporated them into his city. These famous monuments can still be noticed today on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini today, Malatesta would discover the beautiful sandy beaches and their magnetism fairly puzzling throughout the summer 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 dangerous as the beaches back then were places for smuggling and brigandry as they were away from the city of Rimini's main defences. Italian cities just like
Rimini were often at war with each other and had been in continuous conflict with their neighbours. Malatesta, throughout 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 begin to turn out to be a city that is, for Italians and the numerous vacationers from the globe 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 initial tourist to take a dip in the stunning 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 over two weeks to benefit from the wonderful 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 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 numerous cities about Europe.