Rimini, Italy

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Summertime, and the living is easy … and it is oh so easy in RIMINI, Italy.  Languishing on the Adriatic coast, Rimini’s glorious weather, long sandy beaches sporadically interrupted by theme parks of every description, restaurants galore and fantastic night-life, make it the place to see and be seen in the holiday season. Take an early morning stroll on the Promenade, enjoying the sea air and sun rising on the horizon as life on the beach front begins unfolding in preparation for the frenetic influx of beach revelers.  At the end of the day, sip an ice cold drink as you watch the fishing boats trundle back to the pier with the setting sun to guide them, then a quick shower and freshen up before joining the crowds wandering out into the evening.  Plenty on the Promenade, but the Fish Market in the Old Town is special. Interspersed with romantic lanes and brimming with wine cellars, pubs and restaurants with outside tables, you are invited to enjoy the evening under clear skies and twinkling stars.

Italy in Miniature fascinates adults and children alike with more than 250 famous Italian and European buildings showcased, beautiful gardens, miniature trees integrated in to the landscape, a monorail and miniature trains chugging around … magical; San Marino is a must - a tummy churning ride up the mountain to enjoy the mesmerizing little principality and views “to die for” is highly recommended; Relax on one of the many cruises out to sea; visit the Dolphinarium; Meander along the coast to Riccione, Cattolica or Rivazzura, to find more glorious beaches and quaint centers to explore or perhaps indulge in a bit of retail therapy; Grand Prix/MotoGP enthusiast? Visit to the Marco Simoncelli Misano circuit.

Then, out with the new and in with the old. The Old City’s many buildings from Roman times give one a sense of history - The Arch of Augustus, the incredible Tiberius Bridge, the amphitheatre being excavated is predicted to match the Colosseum in size, the statue of Pope Paul V and many more, however, pavement café’s, restaurants, ice-cream parlors and “hip” shops bring it bang into the 21st century.  Enjoy an aperitif in one of the establishments around the square, browse the twice weekly open market, indulge in decadent Italian ice-cream or just wander around drinking in all things Roman and Italian. 

Eating and drinking is festive and fun, as in all of Italy. Fish is King of the table, local White Truffle and gelato are luxuries not to be missed, local specialty, Piadina, is found on most tables and local wines are superb with some wineries offering tastings and sales. Rimini is for young and old and everything in between, so young and hip or young at heart, Rimini is for YOU. Jenny's Travel Blog, Legacy Travel