A Trip Via Rimini - The Past and Present4152610
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 apparent variations in between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the contemporary city these days, (Malatesta's castle is nonetheless standing) the presence of cars, contemporary buildings and electrical lighting would probably amaze him. The most amazing thing although 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 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 included the Tempio
Malatesta - 1 of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in Europe - and his enormous and extremely contemporary 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 noticed today on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini today, Malatesta would find the beautiful sandy beaches and their magnetism fairly 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 dangerous 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 frequently at war with every other and had been in continuous conflict with their neighbours. Malatesta, throughout 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 start to turn out to be a city that is, for Italians and the many 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 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 after the death of Sigismondo Malatesta), and stayed for over two weeks to advantage from the wonderful sea air and waves.
Rimini is one of those 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 vacation coexist right 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.