Riminese think that you should not pass under the arch, in their believe, it will bring unfortunate events, do not ask me why as, I really do not know and I truly believe they do not know either, it's probably a rumor they have heard from their parents that had heard that from their parents excetra.
While there are city buses in Rimini, the most popular means of transport is the bicycle. You see them parked everywhere! This bike lot is at the Piazza Cavour but it is not the only one.
Another popular thing is the motor scooter. You wanna watch out when strolling around Rimini: guys on scooters appear out of nowhere just in time when you want to cross the street!
The Statue of Pope Paul V in Piazza Cavour is the main focus of a cute story that goes back to the Cisalpine Republic created in 1797 by Napoleon Bonaparte, which was in fact a subject to France.
The people of Rimini really feared that the Pope's monument would be destroyed by the French authority. So they came up with the idea to cut the Pope's tiara (hat of authority) and replace it with a mitre (I guess bishop's hat?). That's how Pope Paul V was made to be San Gaudenzo, the patron saint of Rimini :-)
Oleanders are quite popular in the Mediterranean countries but in Rimini I found them in almost every garden. Sometimes they are bushy like the one in the picture, and in other places they are grown with special supporters to be quite high. They come in various colours: red, shades of pink, and white.
I like them a lot! I bought myself an oleander in a plant pot when I returned to Poland and I can't wait till it starts to bloom. It'll probably never be as bushy as this one but at least I have one to enjoy :-)
The old Fish Market by the Piazza Cavour is no longer used for seafood of course. On some days of the week (can't remember which ones though...) it becomes the flower and plants market.
It was a nice view, the contrast of the colourful plants and the dark arcades.
Well, you couldn't miss Tiberio's bridge for it's so distinct from the surrounding architecture, and then there's the sign that tells you it dates back to 1st c.
I think a few other places in Rimini could do with similar signs... Sometimes I passed by an interesting old structure that I had no idea of what it was.
I came across this little chapel accidentally when strolling the streets of Rimini. I can't tell you where it was, maybe in Corso d'Augusto, and maybe not... can't remember. I noticed it only because the door was open and the candles insight caught my eye. If the door was closed, I would have thought it was just a usual gateway into a building... (it was literally only that big)
So I stepped in... There were people going in and out all the time, some to just light a candle and go, others paused for a short prayer. It was very nice and quiet...
Trucks in Italy differ from trucks in Canada, because Canadian trucks usually have hard sided trailers, locked up in every way possible.
In Italy, the trucks have a flexible membrane, or a fabric covered side on their trailers, secured by a series of clips rather than locks.
Obviously this allows for less weight for hauling purposes, which translates to reduced transportation costs.
This came to mind because nine out of ten trucks I saw on the way home from Rimini were so equipped. I just find it interesting to compare differences among countries. I have since found however, that Australia uses many of these type of trucks too.
PLEASE DO NOT RATE TIP AS THIS IS SIMPLY FOR MY MEMORY...IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH RIMINI
Ive never been to a place where the people are so rude, im a 15 stone bruiser, but even old grannies smash into you as you are walking, you get doors slammed in your face and generally obnoxious behaviour.
If you get a chance, try out a game of beach Bocce. Kind of a slow motion bowling game - can be played either on a hard surface (concrete with a thin layer of sand) or on a soft deep sand surface. Be sure to wear you bathing suit for the whole game.
As an american i was suprised to see how late everyone stayed up. It was common to see whole families including young children out walking at midnight. A quite walk on the beach at midnight turned out to be a real family affair. The other fun thing to do (hard after a late night) was to get up very early (6:00am) and walk the beach. There is an entirely different culture that lives on the beach in the morning. Old men and women walking arm an arm (in heels and dresses sometimes) with a small dog in tow - much different from the mid day beach scene.
Being a tourist in Rimini, keep in mind that money earned by locals thanks to their tourist business, are almost only source of income. So you will never be said or shown any offence from the locals even if your behaviour will be wild. Unfortunately many tourist misunderstand this kind patience and act them completely nasty. I think we all must consider rights of Rimini people for good clients.
Another thing is Moroccon and Tunesian people who try to sell you things all over the Rimini. I could not say much good about the quality of goods they sell, but they still make a honest business, don't annoy you, and they do not beg from you, as it is usual in some other countries. If you're not interested in their goods, just ignore these people, and they will not bother you anymore.
Notice that in hotels parking areas cars are parked litereally bumper to bumper. Therefore you are supposed to leave your car keys in reception. Then the hotel staff can move cars if someone is leaving and is surrounded by other cars.
In our hotel there was sign of this habit (only in Italian).
Ask the hotel staff what is practise in your hotel.