Rimini audio tour: Surprises in a Seaside City: Rimini from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance

Surprises in a Seaside City: Rimini from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance

Walking Tour

75 mins

About the Tour

You probably know the famous phrase, “the die is cast,” but have you ever wondered where it comes from? Well, look no further. It was here in Rimini’s Piazza Tre Martiri that Julius Caesar first spoke these three immortal words, just before he started a civil war. There are traces of the great empire that followed all over Rimini, including the Arch of Augustus, the Roman Amphitheatre, the home of a second-century Roman doctor, and the Bridge of Tiberius.

On this walking tour, we won’t only explore ancient Rome. Rimini is filled with fascinating facets from different periods in Italy's rich history. There are sites from the Italian medieval period and the Renaissance, which put Italy once again on top of the world, including the impressive but unfinished Malatestiano Temple, and the austere Sigismond Castle. You’ll find all of this in a city that isn't even famous for its architecture and history, but for its sandy beaches, exciting nightlife and the hills, fun parks, and historical castles that are just a short drive inland.

Give yourself around 45 minutes to an hour to complete the tour. Please note that this tour does not require you to enter any of the ticketed sites along the way.

Tour Producer


A History of Italy Podcast

A weekly podcast in 15/20 minute episodes on the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the present day.
There are plenty of dates, battles and rulers of course, but also a fair share of rabbits winning sieges, swords stuck in uncomfortable places, naughty popes, monks getting undressed and all other sorts of mischief in the history of the colourful Italians.

The author, Mike Corradi is an Anglo-Italian English teacher living in northern Italy with a passion for travel and history.

His tours so far include Ravenna, Rimini, Naples and Trento.

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Major Landmarks

  • Castel Sismondo

  • Teatro Galli

  • Piazza Cavour

  • Piazza Tre Martiri

  • Tempio Malatestiano

  • Domus del Chirurgo

  • Museo

  • Cinema Fulgor

  • Ponte di Tiberio

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is Castel Sismondo.

There are quite a few places to park near here. If you are really lucky, you may find free parking in Via Circonvallazione Ovest, otherwise you can head to "Italo Fiori" parking or "La Brezza" as well as the area with parking meters going from the castle towards the bridge of Tiberius.

The castle is around 15 minutes walk from Rimini train station, by walking through the centre.

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Places to stop along the way

La mi Mama resturant, Garden of Paolo and Francesca, 25th Aprile park

Best time of day

In the summer it is a good idea to avoid late mornings and early afternoons, but you also don't want to get started too early and find locations closed.

You could perhaps do your sightseeing in the morning and then relax in the afternoon and go back to single events such as at the Domus or the castle in the evening.

Opening times for Domus del Chirurgo and City Museum

Summer hours from 1st June to 15th September,
from Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 19:00 including holidays

Winter hours from 16th September to 31st May
From Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 - 19:00
Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 19:00

You can visit the church except during religious services which are held on Sundays at 11:00 am and 17:30 pm and on Saturdays at 17:30 pm.

Otherwise you can visit weekdays from

8.30 - 12.00; 15.30 - 18.30.

Saturdays: 8.30 - 12.30; 15.30 - 16.30 and 18.30 - 19.00

Sundays and holidays: 9.00 - 10.30 and 12 -13.00; 15.30 - 16.30 and 18.30 - 19.00


Summer is the best time to visit a seaside town, but make sure you have a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water with you.

Try to avoid coming in August when prices are higher and everywhere will be crowded.


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Surprises in a Seaside City: Rimini from Ancient Rome to the Renaissance