Rimini is Italy’s most famous seaside resort, devoted to holidays in the sun and hedonism under the stars. There’s more than 40 kilometres of sandy beach along the Rimini Riviera, and in the summer months its shaded beach clubs fill with bronzed sun-worshippers. You can join them at one of these ‘lidos’ by paying a fixed fee which includes a sunlounger, umbrella and private access to the beach, but there are plenty of free areas too.
Rimini city breaks are all about unwinding by day and – if you fancy it – partying all night. There are tons of activities on offer all along the coast, from water skiing to follow-the-leader dance routines in the water – a much-loved Italian summer activity. The carnival atmosphere is enhanced by the amazing nightlife for which the resort is famous. The biggest clubs are found outside town in the hills, with huge dance floors and a soundtrack of disco and hands-in-the-air house. Hit the clubs and join the cool crowd, who like to dress up for a good time.
Rimini has plenty more up its sleeve, including Roman ruins, a picturesque former fishing quarter and outstanding food and wine – it’s located in Emilia-Romagna, arguably the foodiest of Italian regions, after all. So for a stylish seaside escape with ritz, glitz and more besides, city breaks to Rimini offer non-stop glamour.
This crazily over-the-top club has an ancient Roman feel, with huge columns and monumental statues, a pool and an imperial terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea.
Lined with grand Renaissance and Gothic buildings, Rimini’s main piazza is a splendid sight, all terracotta and pale pink façades. It’s the ideal place for a morning coffee.
Built atop an existing Gothic church in the 15th century by Renaissance architect Leon Battista Alberti, Rimini’s cathedral is an imposing sight – even though it was never finished.