A Trip Via Rimini - The Past and Present7325776
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 in between the renaissance city of Malatesta and the modern city today, (Malatesta's castle is still standing) the presence of vehicles, modern buildings and electrical lighting would most likely amaze him. The most incredible factor 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 about what is these days 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 included the Tempio
Malatesta - 1 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 existing 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 existing Roman monuments at the time, including the well-known Ponte di Tiberio and Arco d'Augustoand incorporated them into his city. These well-known monuments can still be seen today on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini these days, Malatesta would find the stunning 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 each 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 start to become a city that is, for Italians and the many 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 having visited the city of Rimini in the summer time month of August of 1790 (more than 300 years after the death of Sigismondo Malatesta), and stayed for more than two weeks to advantage from the wonderful sea air and waves.
Rimini is one 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 vacation coexist right here in Rimini much to the delight of all that arrive right here. Rimini is easily reached by numerous direct flights from many cities around Europe.