Arco d'Augusto (Arch of Augustus) At the southern end of Corso di Augusto, Rimini's main street, stands northern Italy's oldest known Roman triumphal arch, built in 27 BC to commemorate the construction of the Via Flaminia. Part of a ring of defensive walls that were torn down in the 1930s, the arch is unusual in that its extra-wide opening cannot be closed by doors, signifying the newly achieved peace after a long period of wars. The crenellated top is a medieval addition, replacing a crown that was probably topped by a statue of Caesar Augustus, whom the arch honored
Tempio Malatestiano is Built to house the tombs of members of the Malatesta family, which ruled Rimini from the 13th century, the Tempio Malatestiano was built on an earlier medieval church and completed in Early Renaissance style between 1447 and 1460. The facade was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, who drew his inspiration from the Arch of Augustus, and it was the first to be based on Roman traditions, at the very beginning of the Renaissance. Museo della Città (City Museum),Housed in a former Jesuit Monastery, the City Museum holds more than 1500 works from prehistory to the present, and is known especially for its collection of Roman mosaics and for one of the finest collections of surgical and pharmaceutical equipment from ancient times. Arranged chronologically, the museum displays ancient sculptures, ceramics, coins, glassware, bronzes, and surgical equipment from the Domus del Chirurgo, the doctor's house that has been excavated in Piazza Ferrari. Rimini Beaches along the Adriatic coast northeast of the old town extends the popular beach resort of Rimini, a long stretch of white sand with gentle waves and rows of lounge chairs covered by edge-to-edge umbrellas. To those seeking sand and sun, this Italian beach culture may seem odd, but you'll find this on nearly all Adriatic and Mediterranean beaches. Most are rented by the week, but you'll find some available for a day or a few hours, except in mid-August when all beaches are at full capacity. Behind the beach are hotels, villas, pensioni, and restaurants. The adjoining beaches of Rivabella, Viserba and Torre Pedrera are also popular resorts Rimini's broad Corso di Augusto runs straight through the center of the old town, as it has since Roman times, from the Arco d'Augusto, through the Forum , and on to the Ponte di Tiberio, a Roman bridge completed in AD 20, during the reign of Tiberius. Southeast of Rimini, another set of white sand beaches are popular stops on the Riviera del Sole. The first you'll come to is Riccione, one of Italy's most popular holiday resorts, with thermal springs. Fiabilandia when children who don't speak Italian get tired of not understanding, take them to a place that speaks a universal language - fun.