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    Useful phone numbers

    by ealgisi Written Jan 5, 2010

    Favorite thing: The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.

    Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Italy:

    Ambulance: 118
    Fire: 115
    State Police: 113
    Carabinieri: 112
    Forest Service: 1515
    Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
    Coast guard: 1530

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    Few words in Italian

    by ealgisi Updated Apr 30, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Below few words in Italian that you can use while visiting Italy.

    Waiter / Waitress! - Cameriere/ Cameriera, per favore!
    May I have the menu, please? - Potrei avere il menu, per favore?
    Do you have a set menu / local specialities? - Avete un menu fisso/ delle specialità locali?
    What do you recommend? - Cosa mi raccomanderebbe?
    Do you have vegetarian dishes? - Avete dei piatti vegetariani?
    bread - pane
    butter - burro
    cheese - formaggio
    coffee - caffè
    cream - panna (montata)
    ice cream - gelato
    lemon - limone
    milk - latte
    mineral water - acqua minerale
    mustard - senape
    pepper - pepe
    salad - insalata
    salt - sale
    sugar - zucchero
    tea - tè
    yes/no - si/ no
    please / thank you - per favore/ grazie
    good morning - Buongiorno
    good afternoon - Buon pomeriggio
    good evening - Buona sera
    good night - Buona notte
    good-bye - Arrivederci
    excuse me - mi scusi
    you're welcome - prego
    how long / how far - per quanto tempo/ quanto è lontano
    yesterday / today / tomorrow - ieri/ oggi/ domani
    day / week / month / year - giorno/ settimana/ mese / anno
    left / right - sinistra/ destra
    up / down - su/ giù
    good / bad - buono/ cattivo
    big / small - grande/ piccolo
    cheap / expensive - economico/ caro
    hot / cold - caldo/ freddo
    open / closed - aperto / chiuso
    free/ occupied - libero / occupato
    early / late - presto/ tardi
    Does anyone here speak English? - Qualcuno qui parla inglese?
    I don't speak (much) Italian. - Non parlo l'italiano/ molto italiano.
    Could you repeat that? - Per favore, potrebbe ripetere?
    Could you spell it? - Per favore, potrebbe fare lo spelling?
    Can you translate this for me / us? - Potrebbe tradurre questo per me/ per noi?
    What does this mean? - Che cosa vuol dire?
    I don't understand. - Non capisco.
    How much is that? - Quanto costa?
    Does this bus / train stop at ... ? - Questo autobus/treno ferma a...?
    Monday - lunedì
    Tuesday - martedì
    Wednesday - mercoledì
    Thursday - giovedì
    Friday - venerdì
    Saturday - sabato
    Sunday - domenica

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    Fellini

    by aliante1981 Written Jan 4, 2004

    Favorite thing: When many people think ýItalian cinemaý they think ýFederico Felliniý. And I am certainly among them, so I was doubly enthusiastic about my trip to Rimini ý not just because I was taking my holiday of the year:))) In fact, Fellini is still considered Riminiýs most famous citizen, and duly so, I guess. Besides having all sorts of places named after the celebrated Italian director, it is also associated with one of his most famous films ý ýAmarcordý (which means, ýI rememberý, if I am not grossly mistaken).

    Though Fellini did many more films than just ýAmarcordý. There where ýDolce Vitaý, ýNights of Cabiriaý, ýSatiriconý, ýThe Ship Sails Oný, ý8 ýý, ýRomeý, ýThe City Of Womený, ýThe Roadý, ýJuliet of the Spiritsý and more of themý

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    The little birds' fountain

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Take a walk around Piazza Cavour and check some architectural details, you won't regret it!

    In the niche by the stairs below the Palazzo dell'Arengo tower there is a cute little detail that I called the birds' fountain. I have no idea what it was before or what it was meant to be... but I can see the pigeons don't really care about this ;-)

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    Piazza Cavour, detail

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Keep your eyes open for the beauty of architecture.
    This balcony and the little statue in an alcove is in Palazzo Garampi which is now the Mayor's Office on the corner Piazza Cavour and Corso d'Augusto.

    Fondest memory: Strolling in the streets and absorbing the beauty that someone created to give 'flesh' to an idea.

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    Maps are easy to get

    by gosiaPL Written Dec 18, 2003

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    Favorite thing: If you really want to know where you're going when discovering Rimini, get a free map at the Tourist Information centre by the railway station.

    When exiting the station into the street, look around and you'll see the centre on your left.

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    Fellini Park

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Being in Rimini and not seeing Fellini Park is like "being in Rome and not seeing the Pope" as the old saying goes...
    Federico Fellini, the great Italian film director, was born in Rimini in 1920 (and he's actually burried in the local cemetery). The green park is a nice alternative for a walk , especially after you've been looking only at walls and architectural details.

    That's also the place to see local people reading newspapers or books, young mothers with babies, the elderly spending their afternoon here...
    I don't mean to say they are a tourist attraction but it's a nice change to see people in real life situations instead of loud youngsters who wonder which disco to go to tonight.

    The park starts at the Lungomare Tintori in the Marina Centro district of Rimini, easy to find.

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    The Four Horses fountain

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The fountain is right in the middle of Parco Federico Fellini. Beautiful four horses support the main bowl of the fountain from which the water springs up.

    The rich greenery of the park, the sound of the water.... ahhh, there's a relaxing moment! Just sit on a bench by the fountain for a few moments and be lazy in Rimini... ;-)

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    The dolphin smiled!

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Well, dolphins always look smiley, but if this one didn't smile, then it certainly made joyful sounds at us!

    That was completely unexpected. We were already in our seats waiting for the show to start, when this little fellow started popping out and back into the water right in front of us! I took out my camera hoping to catch him (her?) the next time he (she?) jumps out of the water and there I had it... wew!

    Fondest memory: I like to think the little chap knew it was my first-ever occasion to see a dolphin and came out to say hello... hehe! ;-)

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    The historic main road

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is now Corso d'Augusto, one of Rimini's main streets, and certainly the main street in the historic centre.
    It used to be the "decumano massimo", the main road in a Roman town that lead towards the Roman forum (today's Piazza Tre Martiri).

    Now I understand why at one end of Corso d'Augusto there is the Tiberius Bridge that marks the beginning of the ancient Via Emilia; and at the other end there is the Augustus Arch that marks the end of Via Flaminia...
    Rimini's layout becomes so much clearer when you're aware of this! :-)

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    The old fishermen neighbourhood

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: This is one of the little streets in what used to be a fishermen quarter... anyway, that's what I was told. This could be a Must-See tip, and also an Off-the-Beaten-Path one... for I don't think many tourists bother to head towards this direction.

    Look at the vibrant colours and the old simple architecture! The houses are still inhabited, some of them nice and done up, other ones somewhat neglected... but they all form a wonderful concoction of images of the old Rimini. Check a couple more in my travelogue :-)

    The neighbourhood is to the left of Porto Canal (left when looking towards the sea) between Viale Matteotti and Viale Tiberio. The latter one is the street that goes right into the Tiberius Bridge so you can pop into the neighbourhood when you're done with the bridge :-)

    Fondest memory: Curiosity... of what I will see in the next little street in this charming labyrinth.

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    Julius Caesar watches the world go by

    by gosiaPL Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The monument is by the exit from Piazza Tre Martiri into Corso d'Augusto. The Caesar just stands there reminding us of the greatness of this country.

    Apparently it could have been in Rimini that Julius Caesar addressed his troops after leading them across the Rubicon river towards Rome! That's when he decided to start the war with Pompeius and the Senate, and he said the famous "The dice is cast".

    The Rubicon is thought to be either the Fiumicino or the Pisatello river, but there is no definite answer. Haha, and in the 15th c. Rimini and the town of Cesena had a court case, each one trying to prove that the town's river was the actual Rubicon :-)

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    Go to the clubs and...

    by MellMell Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Go to the clubs and entertainment that come alive at night!

    Fondest memory: The best night was one i spent clubbing al night and the sat on the beach having a great time with friends and then going for a pizza at 4am ! We managed to make it back to the hotel just in time for breakfast!

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    Bring your camera...Sorry, no...

    by titti Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Bring your camera...Sorry, no pics ... for the moment. I'm still trying to understand how to save and post the photos I took using Robi's digital camera; they are in a lovely CD and don't want to move from there...

    Fondest memory: Rimini is not only discos, fun, sun and sea. Some wonderful ancient monuments like Tempio malatestiano and Castel Sismondo, belonging to the Renaissance period.
    I will add something in future...

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    Visit any of hundreds...

    by barcodex Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit any of hundreds cafes/pizzerias. Nice dinner during the siesta or romantic supper will be filled with scent of Italian style

    Fondest memory: Look at the picture of me and younger part of our tourist group before eating a genuine Italian pizza in one of the small restaraunt on promenade street of Rimini.

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