A Trip Via Rimini - The Past and Present1660383
If Sigismondo Malatesta a famous 15th Century Lord of Rimini came back, what would he make of Rimini today? Apart from some of the apparent variations between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the contemporary city today, (Malatesta's castle is nonetheless standing) the presence of cars, contemporary buildings and electrical lighting would probably amaze him. The most incredible thing although 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 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 integrated the Tempio
Malatesta - one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Europe - and his enormous and very contemporary fortress, the Rocca Malatesta. The city of Malatesta was constructed on top of the current 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 existing 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 nonetheless be noticed today on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini these days, Malatesta would find the beautiful sandy beaches and their magnetism quite 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 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 had been 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 start to become a city that is, for Italians and the many tourists 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 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 time 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 vacation destinations for Italians and tourist alike. Rimini has been blessed with sun, sand and sea as nicely as culture. The classic beach vacation and culture holiday coexist here in Rimini much to the delight of all that arrive right here. Rimini is easily reached by numerous direct flights from numerous cities around Europe.