This crowded beach-resort town on the Adriatic in northeastern Italy is part of a coastal recreation area that stretches 70 mi/120 km north-south, from Porto Garibaldi to Cattolica. Through the 1950s, Rimini served as the main seaside resort for the Emilia-Romagna region. It still has wide sandy beaches, fishing, hot springs, mud baths and watersports, but today it’s best known for its unparalleled nightlife. Late June-September, thousands of young Italians flock to spend their days sleeping on the beach and their nights in the wild discos. These are among the largest nightclubs in the country and are filled to capacity with flamboyantly dressed revelers. The atmosphere is very tolerant, permitting and promoting open displays of homosexuality and transsexuality. Unfortunately, the tolerance also extends to drug and alcohol abuse, which is common throughout the nightlife scene. If you make it there during daylight hours, be sure to see the Arch of Augustus (the oldest Roman triumphal arch in the world, from 27 BC), the Tempio Malatesta (beautiful Renaissance architecture) and the Roman Bridge of Tiberius. Florence, Bologna and Venice are within a few hours’ drive. The Republic of San Marino is just 15 mi/25 km west of Rimini: Plan a half-day excursion there. 147 mi/238 km south of Venice.
Getting to Italy
Restaurants in Italy
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