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 ;-)
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 :-)
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.
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... ;-)
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.
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! :-)
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! ;-)
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.
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.
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
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!
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...
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.
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:
State Police: 113
Forest Service: 1515
Guardia di Finanza (Customs/Financial Police): 117
Coast guard: 1530
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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