A Trip Via Rimini - The Previous and Present5155175
If Sigismondo Malatesta a famous 15th Century Lord of Rimini came back, what would he make of Rimini these days? Apart from some of the obvious differences 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 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 around what is these days known as the centro storico. When Sigismondo Malatesta came to energy 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 modern fortress, the Rocca Malatesta. The city of Malatesta was built 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, such as the well-known Ponte di Tiberio and Arco d'Augustoand incorporated them into his city. These well-known monuments can nonetheless be seen today on your trip to Rimini.
Taking a stroll around Rimini today, Malatesta would find the stunning sandy beaches and their magnetism quite 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 were 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 every 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 become a city that is, for Italians and the numerous tourists from the world 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 one 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 time month of August of 1790 (more than 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 those 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 holiday coexist here in Rimini a lot to the delight of all that arrive right here. Rimini is easily reached by numerous direct flights from numerous cities around Europe.