A Trip Via Rimini - The Past and Present4615578
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 contemporary city these days, (Malatesta's castle is nonetheless standing) the presence of vehicles, modern buildings and electrical lighting would most likely 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 about what is today recognized as the centro storico. When Sigismondo Malatesta came to energy he decided a change 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 built 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 current Roman monuments at the time, such as 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 walk around Rimini these days, Malatesta would discover the stunning sandy beaches and their magnetism fairly 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 places for smuggling and brigandry as they had been away from the city of Rimini's primary defences. Italian cities just like
Rimini were frequently at war with every other and had been 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 turn out to be a city that is, for Italians and the numerous vacationers from the globe 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 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 having 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 fantastic 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 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 many direct flights from many cities about Europe.