A popular beach resort on Italy’s north-east Adriatic coast, Rimini is often described as the original home of package holidays. These days, it might not be the first place that you think of when it comes to holiday hotspots in Italy.

It might even be the case that this is the first time you’ve ever heard of it? Well, let us tell you a bit more about the Emilia-Romagna region. Then, you can see for yourself exactly why Rimini is a worthy place to spend time soaking up the warm, Italian sun.

Who will love it?

Families – One of Rimini’s biggest draws is the huge beach, with its golden sand stretching for a staggering 15km along the coast. There’s ample room for families to spread out, hire sun loungers and umbrellas and spend an unforgettable day making memories in the sun. What makes it even better is the water here is calm and shallow; ideal for paddling and playing with little ones.

History and culture lovers – There’s plenty of ancient history to delve into in both Rimini and the surrounding area. You can explore historical sights and attractions in the centre of the city, such as the Renaissance cathedral, or visit what remains of some of the city’s ancient Roman ruins that you’ll find dotted around, such as the fascinating Roman Amphitheatre.

Partygoers – Over the years, Rimini has earned quite a reputation for being a big party city, and there’s still an element of that which remains today. Whether you’re just looking to enjoy a few casual holiday drinks or you’re wanting to dance the night away until the sun comes up, you’ll find bars-a-plenty along the waterfront, and some huge super clubs too. Altromondo Studios being one of the most popular.

Top things to do

Of course, you can’t possibly go to Rimini without spending a good amount of time making the most of the awesome beach. However long you’re planning to stay for, be sure to factor in at least one or two quality beach days. Relax, unwind and work on your tan before you head home.

Within the city itself, there are a whole host of must-see attractions. Capture the ultimate shot for the ‘gram at the iconic Tiberius Bridge, built by the Romans in 20AD. Watch the world go by at Piazza Cavour, admire the intricate detail on the Arch of Augustus and visit the impressive Tempio Malatestiano cathedral. For a fun day out that the whole family will love, head to the Italy in Miniature theme park or take a ride on the Wheel of Rimini and soak up the views of the coastline from up high.

Further afield from the city, you can take day trips into the surrounding hilltop towns and villages, such as San Leo with its looming fortress. Plus, as you’re so close, why not pay a visit to the beautiful city of Florence?

Getting there

You can fly direct to Rimini (Federico Fellini International Airport) from London Stansted with Ryanair. Alternatively, you could fly to nearby Bologna and either catch a one-hour-long train or hire a car to get you to Rimini.

Are you planning a holiday to Italy any time soon? Perhaps you’ll want to consider Rimini and all that this classic seaside resort has to offer. Culture? Check! Sun? Check! Fun? Double check!