Rimini is home to so many historical art works that not even the WWII bombings were able to destroy its marvels, and several artefacts have since been meticulously and bravely restored to their former glory.
In Ancient Roman times, Rimini was known as Ariminum and its old town has kept its original quadrangular layout intact. The city is also home to a replica of a magnificent two-thousand-year-old Istrian stone bridge with a majestic Arco di Trionfo dedicated to Augustus, plus an amphitheatre, a Domus, and Roman ruins scattered throughout the city.
Fifteenth-century Rimini is often referred to as the “Rimini of the Signoria”. During this time, the city was ruled by the Malatesta family and was home to some of the forerunners of the Renaissance art movement. The intrepid deeds of Sigismondo and his love for the beautiful Isotta have been depicted in several sculptures over the centuries, in addition to a marble frieze in the Malatesta Temple.
Meanwhile, the splendour of the Baroque era lives on in works by Cagnacci and Centino, which are housed in the City Museum, while the San Patrignano Foundation’s Contemporary Art Collection is currently on display in the brand new PART museum.
There’s no denying that this city has always been home to some incredible artworks, allowing Rimini to take on the form of a pulsating microcosm of life and creativity that sees centuries merge into each other around every street corner. So much so that all you need to do is stroll through the city streets to find yourself in the uninterrupted presence of artistic masterpieces dating from the fourteenth century, such as those in Sant’Agostino Church, to the modern day.