Places to visit in Rimini
Rimini Airport is located only 8 km from the city center of Rimini, and is in one of the most popular tourist areas in Europe. Italians and foreign visitors flock to Rimini to enjoy the sandy beaches, sea and sunshine every summer. The area of Emilia-Romagna is also well known for its many theme parks, which are a great source of fun for adults and children alike. Rimini boasts various attractions, including a range of interesting museums, theatres and ancient churches. Rimini Airport serves as a major gateway to this spectacular area, and it is also referred to as Federico Fellini Airport, named after a famous Italian filmmaker, or Rimini-Miramare Airport, as it is actually situated in Miramare.
The beaches must be the first thing mentioned about Rimini. Rimini is the largest of such a resort in the whole of Europe, featuring an amazing 15 km, or 9 miles, of sandy beaches and sparkling sea. This is the main reason why Rimini is such a popular holiday destination. There are various beaches open for sunbathing and swimming, some of which are free and others which charge a fee for items such as umbrellas, sun loungers, toilets, showers and games for children, but all beaches must provide access to the sea and bathing areas for free. The water in Rimini is deemed as safe and clean, and is often quite shallow for a few meters, and therefore lovely for paddling and children. All the beaches have lifeguards which monitor the swimming areas. Along the beachfront, visitors will find various small restaurants offering everything required in terms of refreshment, and they are open during the day and on weekends.
Rimini is a great place for a family vacation, as there are plenty of outings which will delight the children. Besides the beaches themselves, there are some spectacular amusement parks and water parks to be enjoyed. The Delfinario Rimini is where visitors can watch dolphin shows and enjoy an aquarium full of colorful marine life. It also has a small sea life museum. The Delfinario Rimini is found alongside the main public beach, at Lungomare Tintori 2. Italia in Miniature is also a wonderful day’s adventure, featuring 270 perfect scale reproductions of Italy’s architectural wonders, a Science Fun Park, puppet shows, water rides and many more exciting activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Another two theme parks in Rimini are the Fiabilandia and the Aquafan. Both of these attractions offer superb family fun. The Fiabilandia is only a short walk from the beach, and is one of the most popular theme parks. It offers a wide range of fairground attractions, as well as water and train rides. A ride on the Mississippi paddleboat is a favorite activity for many visitors. The Aquafan is Europe’s largest water park, packed with rides and slides which will keep the children cheerful all day. It also features a wave pool and exciting white-water rapid rides.
When you need a more peaceful outing, there are some exquisite churches and buildings to be seen in Rimini. The Chiesa di San Agostino e San Fiovanni Evangelista, located on Via Cairoli 14, is one of Rimini’s ancient churches. It was built in the 13th century, and although much restoration has been applied to the building, visitors can still admire the original bell tower and apse. Another church, or cathedral, dating back to the 13th century, is the Tempio Malatestiano. Some find works of art are housed within the building, as well as some important frescoes by Piero della Francesca. Both these churches are free to explore. The Teatro Amintore Galli is another building to be seen in Rimini. It is a theatre which was built in the mid-19th century, and although it was heavily damaged during the Second Word War, it was completely restored in 1972.
One of the museums to see in Rimini is, of course, the Museo Fellini. This museum is dedicated to the life of the great Italian film director, Federico Fellini. Even Rimini’s airport has been named after this filmmaker. The Museo Fellini is free to enter, and often has exhibitions of various drawings, photographs and sketches. The Aviation Museum is specialist museum in Rimini, and is located just south of the city center. It is truly a spectacular attraction, featuring over forty planes. The aircraft range from those used in Korean and Vietnamese conflicts to the plane of Clark Gable, which was once used to fly celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and John Kennedy. There is a charge for entry to this museum.
The Museo Delle Conchiglie is only open during the summer season, and offers a fascinating display of marine life which come from all over the world. It has a free entrance fee. Literary enthusiasts will be delighted by the Gambalunga Library situated at Via Gambalunga 27. It houses an amazing collection of over 200,000 books, including rare manuscripts, periodicals and historical artifacts. More modern-day literature is also available, along with a special children’s library area.
Passengers arriving at Rimini Airport can find out more information about the tourist attractions and sights in Rimini from the Tourist Information Desk located on the ground floor of the terminal building. There is also a general Information Desk for enquires within the airport building.