Trips around Rimini
Wide sandy beaches, unique Italian cuisine, various entertainments, interesting excursions – all this offers relaxation in Rimini. The transport network of the city is so well developed that without problems you can independently go to any city in Italy. And if travel agencies offer only a small selection of the most popular cities in the country (Rome, Venice, Florence, Verona), then an independent travel has no territorial restrictions and will be no less exciting and more economical than a ready-made travel package. In particular, in the vicinity of Rimini there are many interesting cities and natural attractions, the road to which will take 25-70 km, which does not hurt to enjoy a day trip and beach holidays.
Located in the picturesque region of Marche, the town of Urbino has become very popular not only among lovers of medieval architecture. Admirers of the work of the brilliant painter Rafael Santi annually come here to walk along the old cobblestone streets that once inspired the artist to write immortal paintings, to breathe the air of the city that he breathed. In the house where Rafael was born and raised, a museum dedicated to him is now working (via Raffaello Sanzio, 57, Urbino; entrance ticket – 3 euros, children – 1 euro). You should definitely visit the Ducal Palace (Palazzo Ducale), built here in the Middle Ages and replaced many hosts. Now in the premises of the palace is a collection of the National Gallery of the Marche region, the main part of the exhibited works is Renaissance painting. Urbino Cathedral is interesting both for paintings by famous artists located in it and for the Albanian Diocesan Museum, which has an impressive collection of church utensils – staves, myrtle, candlesticks, glasses and much more. The gothic church of San Domenico is also worth a visit. The historic center of Urbino is under the tutelage of UNESCO.
Distance from Rimini – 63 km
How to get there:
From the Rimini bus station once a week on Bonelli Bus buses (adult return ticket 14.5 euros, children (3-12 years old) – 10.50 euros, stay in the city 2.5 hours);
by train to Pesaro station, from there by bus.
On the border between the Marche and Emilia-Romagna regions, at a height of 142 meters above sea level, stands the small medieval town of Gradara. The panoramic views from the hill are simply amazing – the landscapes of the Adriatic Sea, the year of Carpegna, vineyards and olive groves. The most interesting object for tourists is the castle and castle of Gradara, preserved to this day in excellent condition. Like most ancient castles in Italy, Gradara Castle is also entangled in myths and legends. The most famous of them is the story of the tragic love of Paolo and Francesca, described in the “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri. However, painters and writers of different times often wrote their works under the influence of this story. Even Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote his symphonic fantasy “Paolo and Francesca”. Guided tours are currently taking place on the premises of the castle (entrance ticket – 4 euros), separately you can see the room where the lovers were killed. It is said that the spirit of Francesca still roams at night in the castle in search of solace. Scientists have found evidence that a similar story really happened in Gradar in the mid-13th century. Currently, the city hosts many costume parties. At night, the walls of the castle are illuminated with colorful rays, making it even more romantic. Dozens of small cozy cafes and souvenir shops are at the service of city visitors.
Distance from Rimini – 25 km
How to get there:
from Rimini bus station on Bonelli Bas buses 1-2 times a week depending on the season (round-trip ticket and stay in the city for 2.5 hours – 9.50 euros;
from Rimini, take line 11 to Riccione, transfer by bus 125 to Cattolica, where change to buses 80-81 (these buses can also be used from Gabbiche Mare) – buses run year-round, in the summer season (from June to mid September) every 40 min, the rest of the time every 1.5-2 hours.
3. San Leo
At the top of Mount Feretrius is the famous San Leo Fortress, at the foot of the mountain there is a small picturesque town of the same name. The fortress was erected in the 11th century and during its history it survived more than one assault and expanded and strengthened several times. After the transition of the fortress into the possession of the Vatican, it was converted into a prison. The fame of the fortress of San Leo was brought by its legendary prisoner Count Cagliostro (mystic and adventurer), who has been in this prison for four years until his death. Revered Cagliostro still bring fresh flowers to the cell where the count was walled up. Now the door to this cell is open for tourists. You can get into the Cagliostro cell only from the guard room located on the top floor of the fortress. Other rooms have exhibitions telling about the history of the fortress, as well as rich collections of paintings, furniture, ceramics and ancient weapons.