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What is Rimini like?

I am planning a holiday for the end of May for 4 girls aged 27 and 28. We are looking for somewhere that has some culture (hence the reason for looking at Italy) but we also want somewhere that has some form of nightlife e.g. bars, restaurants as opposed to just a family orientated resort. What is Rimini like? Would this suit my needs? Or can anyone suggest anywhere else in Italy that may be more suitable? I have only ever stayed on the Amalfi Coast, an idyllic location for a couples holiday but not really for travelling with my friends.

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1. Re: What is Rimini like?

Well you can't get much more overcommercialised seaside resort in Italy than Rimini.

There are some local "cultural" sights but this is a very much a seaside town.

Rimini is well known as being a popular seaside destination for young italians looking for a nightclub scene. Has been for many years. I have italian friends from Milan and Turin I have known for over 20 years and they said that Rimini is where they headed to in the early 90's.

North of the harbour area around Viserba/Viserbella is popular with families

Sadly much of Rimini is more like Blackpool. Once you get on the Viale Regina Elena south of Piazza Tripoli (the main road south from the Amerigo Vespucci) it is awash with tacky shops cafes and small bar on one side and Hotels on the other. This road is also the main road to Riccione.

The seafront is just one long stretch of Hotels and the beaches are just covered in "Bagni" Beach emplacements where you will get charged €15 for a sunbed.

Unfortunately in Italy show an italian some sand then he will ine it with hotels, cover it in sunbeds and charge you for the privelege of going to the beach. There is a small "free" beach area next tot he pier at the entrance to the harbour.

The other problem with Rimini is that Rimini "addresses" cover ~ 14km of coastline from Torre Pederera in the north to the South end of the Rimini Airport so you really have to check the exact locastion of any hotel.

If you wanted a bit more up market then choose Riccione.

The area around Viale Ceccarini that goes inland from the main Via Milano is mostly pedestrianised with plenty of restaurants and bars. You will also find plenty of shops in this zone

On the seafront you will find some nice Hotels such as the Lungomare and Nautico



Santa Margherita Ligure has a picturesque seaside facade but the beaches aren't that good.

You could choose Lido di Jesolo. Again bit over commercialised but you would have access to Venice.

At the end of the day it depends what you are looking for personally.

Late May on the coast is really the very early start of the season so will just be up and running so don't expect it to be busy except at weekends.

Lake Garda will be busy but very much a more family orientated area especially at the end of May during (german) school holidays. Nightlife is few and far between. There is the odd nightclub and bars but generally it is laidback. Meals in restaurants and sit in cafes with a drink people watching/watching the world go by.

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2. Re: What is Rimini like?

Hi Trinalm, about Rimini Giftzwerg tell you very good explanation and suggestions. For young women probably the two better area is around "Marina Centro" in Rimini or the center of Riccione.

From your description seems that the seaside is the less important, or am I wrong? A different solution could be stay in Bologna. Is a city full of nightlife and culture and not so far from Rimini. By train or bus you can do a daily trip to Rimini to stay on the beach, the rest of days you can do something different. And May is a very good month for events in Bologna.



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3. Re: What is Rimini like?

Thank you for both of your very helpful replies. I will definitely look at Bologna and Riccione. We are looking for a fairly lively holiday but don't really fancy staying somewhere that is like Blackpool! We're a bit old to be surrounded by lots of drunken people falling over in the streets.

We like sunbathing but a beach is not a priority as we mostly stay around the swimming pool at the hotel when we go away. I have heard lots of lovely things about Lake Garda but I think it is more likely to be somewhere I visit with my partner than my friends.

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5. Re: What is Rimini like?

Hi there,

First of all I wanted to agree with giftzwerg that some parts of Viale Regina Elena are tacky, BUT it’s still very different from Blackpool. Drunken people in the streets is not a common sight and it’s limited to specific areas (Rivazzurra-Miramare) where kids go because hotels are cheaper and specific times of the year (August).

Also I’ve never paid more than €5 a day for a sunbed and anyway it will be included in the price of your hotel if you stay anywhere half decent.

I'm very familiar with Rimini and there are plenty of cultural sights, in fact too many if you are only staying one week and you want to also enjoy a few days on the beach.

Some that I remember in the old town (all walking distance) are:

- the city museum (small, but with beautiful Roman mosaics). The ticket also includes the entrance to the remains of a Roman house, which is next door

- a few interesting churches. The cathedral (Duomo) is nothing special inside, but the outside is quite unusual. Another one I liked is the Church of Sant'Agostino

- a couple of nice squares

- a small castle, Sismondo

- a Roman arch (Augustus) and a bridge (Tiberius)

- etc.

A short car drive (and I'm sure there are organised tours too) I would recommend:

- San Leo castle

- Gradara castle

- Castello di Montebello (the night tour)

- San Marino old town

I also recommend a day trip to Ravenna, which is easy to do by train and at least one of the theme parks (Aquafun, Italia in Miniature, Oltremare, etc.).

Regarding the night-life in low season (like May) most of the action is in the old town around the old fish market while in July-August the seaside might be a better option.

For proper clubs get a blue-line bus to next door Riccione in the evening (better early morning actually...).

As another reviewer said Rimini is 14km long so you'd better ask the hotel or the locals where the popular places are at that time of the year you are going and for your age group.

Regarding the beach theoretically you should rent a sunbed, but I've been a many times with my towel and nobody ever said anything... I spent most of the time playing beach volley anyway.

Food and wine are excellent in most places, but not as cheap as it used to be.

One disappointment for me is the quality of the sea water, which can be a bit rubbish near the shoreline so if that happens I would rent a pedal boat to swim further away. Seychelles is not ...

Ravenna, Italy :(
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6. Re: What is Rimini like?

to/from San Marino (microstate): bus straight connections from Rimini station :)

about Ravenna: in case you'll consider to visit 'me', I'm here to help - no doubt that train is the best option as most reliable city link. Mirabilandia is closer to Ravenna than Rimini, more like a classic amusement park with roller coasters and such, quite different from Aquafun, etc

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7. Re: What is Rimini like?

Thank you gepporello and densou. Haven't written Rimini out of the equation as still keen to visit Italy, just looking into it in a bit more detail. We do want somewhere that is busy and a more commercial part of Italy then somewhere like Sorrento for example as we do want to be able to go out to a bar on some evenings. It does sound like it would have plenty for us to do during the day and we'd enjoy travelling to surrounding places also.

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8. Re: What is Rimini like?

Have a look to Riccione (or all coastline until Misano Adriatico) then. :)

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9. Re: What is Rimini like?

This post is probably closed but I'll write anyway on the off chance that trinalm will read it and not make a terrible mistake of taking notice of reviews by people who in my opinion haven't been to Rimini for at least 30 years. Rimini in NOTHING like Blackpool. Agreed, the sea front is not the prettiest place in Italy, day or night but the beaches are clean and fantastically serviced. There are no drunks, especially in May or June, in fact, it will be dead save for the old town centre. If it culture that you want Rimini is a good base to visit Bologna, Ravenna, even Venice. Whatever you do, stay away from Riccione, there really is nothing to do.

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10. Re: What is Rimini like?

Thanks for your reply misterhyde although it still leaves me confused about whether this is the right place for my holiday! Like I said in previous posts, we don't want somewhere like Blackpool but we would like some nightlife! Is there still any nightlife in Rimini or will everywhere be shut in May? We would like to go out for a drink past 10pm!

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