Rimini – Popular Seaside Resort in Italy

Rimini beach Photo by Margie MiklasRimini has been the summer seaside resort hot spot in Italy ever since 1843, especially for the Italians. Known for beach parties and seaside vacations, Rimini is the place to go for a summer holiday, and in August the place is completely packed.

 Rimini Bagno delle Rose Beach Photo by Margie Miklas

Luckily for me, I went in the spring and enjoyed the beach without crowds. For more on my afternoon at the beach in Rimini click here

Beach Scene in Rimini Photo by Margie MiklasWith nine miles of sandy beaches, 500 bars and 20 nightclubs Rimini has plenty to do. For families there are amusement parks, water parks, and family-friendly hotels so everyone has a good time.

Located on Italy’s Adriatic coast in the Emilia-Romagna region, Rimini has two sections, the beach area and the historic center. With a population of 143,000 people Rimini is a fairly large city and actually has its own airport located in nearby Miramare, five miles from the city center of Rimini.  Also known as Federico Fellini Airport, it was named after the well-known Italian film writer and director who was born here.

Rimini Photo by LLR - Pixabay
Photo by LLR – Pixabay

Many of the beaches are private with their own facilities, beach huts, cabanas, lounge chairs, and umbrellas for rent at reasonable prices. Some have sporting activities and games and many have outdoor restaurants and bars. Early in the day you can see the employees raking their section of the beach to make the sand appear even finer.

There are also areas of public beach and since no one really owns the beach nothing prevents beach goers from walking over to a private beach area as long as they stay near the water’s edge. Some of the beaches have children’s play areas as well.

Rimini Photo by Flavia Di Ruscio
Rimini Photo by Flavia Di Ruscio

Rimini is sometimes considered Italy’s answer to Disneyland on a much smaller scale, since there are quite a few entertainment venues for children and families. Fiabilandia, a family theme park, is in nearby Rivazzurro and a short walk from the beach. Its attractions, rides and 4D cinema make this amusement park a favorite.

The Aquafan water park in nearby Riccione features a wave pool, water slides and white water rapid rides and is the largest water park in Europe and fun for both children and adults.

Attracting over 600,000 visitors a year the popular Italy in Miniature has been a favorite attraction in Rimini since 1970. What started out to be 20,000 square meters has grown to 85,000 square meters. There are over 270 miniatures which are scaled to 1:25 and 1:50 size. This park is situated in nearby Viserba and features scaled models are Italy’s major landmarks and monuments. Little Venice is a scaled reproduction of the Grand Canal complete with gondolas, bridges and palazzi and is scaled at 1:5. Italia in Miniatura is one of the most popular entertainment parks in Italy and fun for the entire family.

Rimini has it all for a family fun vacation in the summertime. After a day at the beach there are plenty of other activities to keep the entire family entertained.

The Delfinario Rimini (Rimini Dolphinarium) is yet another fun place where visitors can be entertained by live dolphin shows and see and learn about the various marine exhibits. It is centrally located next to the main public beach.

It’s no wonder  Italian families spend their holidays in Rimini with all that it has to offer.

Have you been to the beaches of Rimini? I’d love to hear your experiences, so please leave a comment.

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9 Responses

  1. Rosa Allen

    Thank you so What about July in Ravello and where to stay.. How would I get to positano and Minori beaches is there a bus to daily get to another beach to change it up ??

  2. Rosa Allen

    Hi I live in Australia. Im planning to head to Amalfi coast in 2017. But I plan to stay 2 weeks. In this time 3 or 4 girlfriends might join me. Rimini looks great and Minori as well. I have Italian heratage. And speak slightly. I know Aug is crazy. But what about end Aug Sep. Where and when should we go.Rosa

    • margieinitaly

      Thanks Rosa… All of Italy is on vacation basically from the weekend before Aug 15 through the 1st week of September. Hence many businesses are closed and the seaside resort towns are quite crowded. If you can plan to go after that it would be best. 2 weeks is nice. Sorrento is a great place to base yourself as well as Maiori or Amalfi.

  3. Gep

    “nothing prevents beach goers from walking over to a private beach area as long as they stay near the water’s edge” is not exact. You can walk, stand and sit wherever you want: only thing you can’t do is to lay your beach towel in areas that the State rents to beach attendants (I think calling them “private beaches” is a bit extreme). They work hard to keep the beach clean and to provide all the services (toilets, showers, toys for kids, volley nets, etc.) and in exchange you should at least rent a lounger.

  4. imarancher

    This is worth a trip all by itself. I will bet it costs less than Disney as well. And what are those strange (to me) trees in the second picture? I like the stand out look of them.

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