Rimini and the Malatesta Lordship… an era that would transform the face of the city forever. In fact, Rimini is home to some of the most important Renaissance artefacts in Italy’s cultural and artistic history.
The Renaissance saw the city of Rimini undergo lively growth and a wonderful urban transformation. This era also saw the birth of an incredible man named Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, otherwise known as the Lord of Rimini or Signoria. Sigismondo was a condottiere and a man-at-arms at the service of the Pope and kings, and it was this very individual who ordered the construction of two large city monuments: Malatesta Temple and the Castel Sismondo.
Malatesta Temple is one of Italy’s most significant fifteenth-century edifices and definitely deserves a visit. Designed by Leon Battista Alberti, it saw the contribution of some of the century’s greatest artists and features artworks by the likes of Matteo de’ Pasti, Agostino di Duccio, and Piero della Francesca.
With walls surrounding a (recently restored) moat, Castel Sismondo represents the Renaissance’s contribution to civil architecture. Built at a time of great prosperity for the Signoria, and conceived as a fortress and palace, Castel Sismondo bears the signature mark of Filippo Brunelleschi, who was consulted by Sigismondo during its construction.