Art, Food and Culture
Holidays in Italy are famous for their world-class art, ancient history and sublime food, and the Adriatic coast is no exception. Olives are grown nearby and the seafood is excellent and fresh; the local specialty is a fish broth.
Rimini has a rich cultural heritage and is well-known as an artistic city. Leonardo da Vinci and film director Frederico Fellini have both called the city home, and the historic city centre is full of beautiful buildings from throughout Italy’s past. The Malatesta Temple is an iconic Renaissance-era cathedral featuring a crucifix by Giotto and a fresco painted by Piero della Francesca. The Arch of Augustus and Tiberius Bridge are well-preserved Roman monuments, and there is a ruined Roman amphitheatre as well.
The imposing ancient town of Gradara is just 5 km from Cattolica and features one of the best-preserved castles in Italy, sitting atop a hill and surrounded by impressive fortifications. A guided tour of Gradara offers great views of San Marino and the Adriatic coast as well as a fascinating insight into the castle’s literary and romantic past.
The independent Republic of San Marino is only 25 km from Rimini and is a great day trip – the mountainous terrain, olive groves and medieval town centre make for a charming visit, along with the capital city’s great restaurants and museums. Take an aerial tramway down Monte Titano (recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and keep an eye out for the 11th century Guaita fortress watching over the countryside from a high outcrop on the mountain.