Ferretti Beach Hotel, Viale Regina Elena, Rimini, Province Of Rimini, Italy
Rimini symbolizes the Adriatic Riviera and Italian seaside tourism.
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Rimini symbolizes the Adriatic Riviera and Italian seaside tourism.
Thousands of Italian and foreign tourists flock to its sandy beaches each year as it is considered the capital of Italian summer fun.
It stands between hills and sea, close to other beautiful tourist and cultural Emilia Romagna towns. The ample and diversified tourist offer ensures any type of holiday requirement for those seeking relaxation, fun, sports, entertainment and culture.
The biggest coastal resort on the Adriatic, Rimini’s main beach is famous around the world. It stretches an impressive 15km, meaning you’ll always find a spot to enjoy its sun-kissed sand, even during high-season. It’s also got every amenity imaginable, making it family friendly and just a great place to enjoy the region’s superb year-round weather. Fitness lovers will find beaches where they will be spoiled in choosing which sports to practice. The harbour and the promenade are full of bars and kiosks with typical and tasty “piadine” (flat bread) and constitute an ideal place for cycling.A family trip to one of the many nearby amusement parks such as Mirabilandia or the zoo safari shouldn’t be missed, nor an evening stroll along Viale Vespucci, whose bars and shops are a favourite destination for shoppers.
Aside from the fantastic beaches, Rimini also has a plethora of historical sites, beautiful parks, charming Piazzas and interesting museums. It is easy to see why this city is so popular and why tourism accounts for a large portion of Rimini’s economy.
As an escape from the crowds at Rimini, most explorers like to visit the independent principality of San Marino, which has lovely views but almost as many crowds as Rimini beach, and the medieval village of San Leo. Both are a short distance south-west of the town.
Rimini is a city of Roman origin and not just any city at that, but one of the most important centres in the ancient Roman Empire. The official date of its foundation is the year 268 B.C. when the Roman Senate sent a colony of 6000 people here to found a new city. The colony was called Ariminum after the original name of the River Marecchia (Ariminus) - and so Rimini was born.
Rimini is like the Blues - it has a bit of everything. There are many places of artistic and cultural interest; there are truly unique masterpieces from Roman times and the Renaissance period, or, there are 15 kilometres of shoreline where you can walk barefoot chatting with friends or meditating alone, as the mood takes you. In all, there are 227 bathing establishments and 1100 hotels, plus excellent facilities for children. Rimini is full of innovation, a testing ground always ready to turn out new trends; street bars, happy hours, aperitifs served on the beach, dinner on the seashore, sports of the future (the “Next Games”) and nordic walking on sand. Above all there is a special atmosphere to get caught up in “The Rimini Enchantment”. You will love it. It is the perfect place to make friends for life.It will be the experience of a lifetime.
Discover a thousand faces of Rimini: sea and beach, history, art and culture, Fellini’s places, venues and new trends, sports activities, relax and spa, amusement parks, country-side and castles, local gastronomy, shopping tour and many, many events for all tastes and for all ages.
THE BRIDGE OF TIBERIUS
The Bridge of Tiberius is a testament to the engineering know-how of the ancient Romans. Built 2000 years ago it has remained standing, despite the rigours of war and bombing. The secret is that its pillars rest on a single foundation. The bridge is a piece of the ancient Roman past and its five arches in white Istrian stone have been a part of the city scene since 14 A.D. (during the reign of Augustus). It was completed in 21 A.D. during the reign of Tiberius to mark (as it still does) the beginning of the Via Emilia. Today, after 2000 years in service it has still not been pensioned off. Small boats bob on the waters beneath it and it is possible to take a trip on one of them to see the bridge from the water.
PIAZZA TRE MARTIRI
The Piazza marks the position of the ancient Roman forum at the intersection of the Decumanus Maxima and the Cardo Romano. The forum was the centre of civic life for the Latin-speaking citizens of Rimini. At that time the square was much larger. On one side there is a statue of Julius Caesar whilst at the entrance to Via IV Novembre, there is a stone pillar in memory of the speech Caesar made to his troops after they crossed the River Rubicon. Today the square is named “Tre Martiri” in honour of three partisans who died in 1944.
THE MONTANARA GATE
What an enviable position Ariminum had, as, protected on three sides by water (the sea, the River Marecchia and the Ausa which flows underground today), it only needed to be defended from the direction of the mountains to the north. Anyone entering the city from that side would have had to pass through the Montanara Gate. Although after the war, during rebuilding work to the city, this gate was taken down, it has recently been rebuilt in Via Garibaldi. Its position is slightly different from before, but the original materials have been used for the reconstruction.
THE CITY MUSEUM
The City Museum records Rimini’s past existence and is a treasure trove of wonders and curiosities starting from the cobblestones hand-carved by man 1 million years
ago, as seen in the archaeological section, where visitors can pass through all the stages of civilisation to the Roman era and the Late Antiquity. Here you can admire
the pieces of stone used as entrance tickets to the amphitheatre, statuettes of gladiators, numerous coins from the Roman era, magnificent mosaics, amphorae and
tiles from the kilns used by the very first Rimini artisans, together with the exceptional array of surgical implements and the splendid glass picture from the Surgeon’s “Domus” (House). Then you can continue on to see exhibits from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. These include paintings by masters of the fourteenth century Rimini school, including the famous Pietà by Bellini depicting the lifeless figure of Jesus supported by four cherubs. There are also works by Agostino di Duccio, il Ghirlandaio, Cagnacci and il Guercino. The creativity of the 1900s is the dominant theme in the area dedicated to René Gruau, a world-famous graphic artist and in the room of the “Libro dei Sogni” (Book of Dreams) of Federico Fellini.
THE ARCH OF AUGUSTUS
Even somebody who has never visited Rimini may be familiar with the Arch of Augustus since it is often seen in books on the history of art, or in films and TV programmes. What can be said about it? Well, of all the surviving ancient Roman triumphal arches it is the oldest, dating from 27 B.C. It is 17 metres high, built in Istrian stone and erected here in Rimini by express wish of Emperor Augustus. In 1935 it was decided to demolish the buildings around it to give the construction a fitting setting as the city’s Triumphal Arch. It would be a real shame to view it only from a car window while driving past. It is much better to approach the monument on foot in order to appreciate it from close up and to experience the emotions called forth by the divinities represented on the oval ornaments: Jupiter and Apollo facing away from the city and Neptune and Rome facing inwards. They represent the greatness of Rome and Augustus’ power. The battlements on top were added in mediaeval times, around the X century.
THE ROMAN AMPHITHEATRE
Only the ruins of the Amphitheatre (II century A.D.) on the seaward side of the city are visible today. It could accommodate over 12.000 spectators. The Amphitheatre was
only discovered in 1800 because a convent and other buildings had been erected on the site. You can obtain information about a guided tour of the City Museum.
If Piazza Tre Martiri was the heart of the Roman city, Piazza Cavour was the fulcrum of the mediaeval township. The main attraction is the Arengo Palazzo (1204) with Ghibelline (swallowtail) battlements and an arcade. It was the place where matters of public government were decided. The Palazzo del Podestà (1330) is right next to it, opposite the only surviving monument from the 17th century: the statue of Pope Paul V (1614), testimony to Papal domination at this time. Leonardo da Vinci was enthusiastic about the sound of water coming from the 15 waterspouts on the Fontana della Pigna (Fountain of the Pinecone) which is of mediaeval origin. When the fountain was restored in 1545 it had a statue of St. Paul presiding over it. However, three centuries later (1809), it was decided to replace this statue with a pinecone embellishment. Along the shorter side of the square is the Galli Theatre designed by Luigi Poletti in neoclassical style.
From Piazza Cavour, passing along Via Poletti you will find yourself in Piazza Malatesta, face to face with the impressive Castel Sismondo (1437), a classic renaissance
castle. The castle was designed by Sigismondo himself with Brunelleschi as one of his advisors. To build it he had to raze an extremely populous quarter of the city to the ground, regardless of the fact that it included the bishop’s residence, a monastery, the baptistery and the cathedral’s bell tower. The fortified castle was naturally a symbol of power. Today, only the large central nucleus remains and after the recent restoration, the fortress is open to the public for certain exhibitions and other events. Furthermore, there is a project underway to restore the ancient moat.
THE CHURCH OF ST. AUGUSTINE
It is worth a visit to admire the frescos decorating the apse and the bell tower chapel which depict episodes in the life of St. John the Evangelist and the Virgin Mary.
They were painted by masters from the fourteenth century Rimini school and, curiously enough, were brought to light from under eighteenth-century stucco work and frescos by an earthquake in 1916. Although at first their value was not recognized, they were saved because there was a portrait of Dante among them. Outside, the original Gothic style is still recognisable, although there is evidence of work done on the façade in the 18th century.
The very soul of Rimini is the central part of the promenade. It has an official date of birth: 1843. It was in that summer that a group of entrepreneurs (the Counts Baldini and doctor Claudio Tintori) opened the first bathing establishment here. Summer after summer, ever more holidaymakers from the upper middle classes started spending weeks at a time in Rimini. So much so that Rimini City Council decided to enhance the “beach resource” by taking over the Tintori-Baldini establishment. They nominated a well-known doctor and physiologist, Paolo Mantegazza, who also specialized in thalasso-therapy (seawater therapy), to plan, build and run a new “Grand Bathing establishment”.
This was the turning point. Rimini became the place where bathing in the sea and simply enjoying yourself became linked with therapeutic aspects for the first time. In less than 50 years the landscape changed dramatically. Instead of sand dunes and marshy areas, an elegant urban area made up of Art Nouveau villas and promenades materialized. Now the way forward was clear: visitors came to Rimini not just for therapeutic treatments but with the idea of relaxing, enjoying themselves and having fun. The result: the resort Rimini became “the uncontested number one in Italy”. In 1845 a service of horse-drawn carriages was inaugurated to link the city centre with the beach area via the tree-lined Viale Principe Amedeo. Even today this is still a green area with many buildings dating from the late 19th century. In 1872 the Kursaal was built to enliven the evenings with waltzes and charlestons under the stars. Rimini had really become a fashionable summer resort.
FEDERICO FELLINI PARK
Today, the Kursaal is no longer there. It was demolished after the war (1948). To take its place there is Federico Fellini Park, the green area in Marina Centro where families
and tourists can take a pleasant walk. In summer, hardly a weekend goes by without a stage being put up for concerts featuring jazz bands or other musical performers, shows and children’s events. The park is only a stone’s throw from the Grand Hotel, near a high-density area of bathing establishments which are open after dinner, street bars and open-air restaurants. The large white building opposite the Grand Hotel houses the Tourist Board, and is constructed in an early 20th-century style.
THE FOUNTAIN OF FOUR HORSES
If the Federico Fellini THE Park is a meeting place then the Fountain of the Four Horses at the end of Viale Principe Amedeo, is at the heart of it. The area is always full of life with crowded park benches, people reading books, chatting, or just taking a break from riding their bicycles. The fountain has this name because of the four horses emerging from the surf and spraying fountains of water from their nostrils. Its circular basin symbolises the sea and it is a monument that has long been part of the Rimini scene. It was inaugurated on 29th June 1928. Then after the war when the Kursaal was demolished the fountain was dismantled (1954), renovated and restored to its place in 1983.
You should visit Marina Centro at least twice: once in the morning when life is just starting up and the guests from the Grand Hotel are on their way down to the beach;
and again at sunset when the fishing boats are returning to port followed by a flock of seagulls. The best place to wait for them is the “Palata” (perhaps an abbreviation of
“palizzata” or palisade), the wharf at the end of Viale Tintori which extends out into the sea for 200 metres. It is a place to meditate with the sea to the right and left of you.
At any time of day you will meet Rimini people here hoping to find a bit of peace and it was right here that Federico Fellini used to imagine the nighttime arrival of the ocean liner “Rex”.
LIFE ON THE BEACH
There are two hundred and fifty beach establishments, all well cared for and regularly renovated. The philosophy is that life on the beach goes on day and night. It begins
at dawn when people go walking along the water’s edge and finishes well into the night after dinner, barefoot on the sand. The idea is that you can do anything on the beach, yoga lessons, needlework courses, sandcastle competitions and piadina making. All kinds of sports are practised, even those which do not officially exist yet. These days the beach establishments organize many kinds of events for adults and children.
The best thing of all is that the sports activities (together with the various facilities: warm showers, changing rooms, books and newspapers to read, games, entertainment,
childcare) on the beach are all free. Everything is included in the daily price of an umbrella and sun lounger. These prices compare very favourably with the rest of Italy
(according to various consumer associations). One advantage for tourists is that there is no entrance fee to go to the beach. You can enter for free and only if you decide to stop in a particular place do you have to ask the bathing attendant for a sun lounger.
HEALTHY LIVING ON THE BEACH
You will not need to hire a personal trainer to take courses in various types of light and natural fitness routines. From June to August many beach establishments offer lessons in yoga, bio-gymnastics, bio-energetic, tai chi ch’uan, mandala on the beach, belly dancing, breathing techniques and new energy. To join a group it is only necessary to be in the chosen place at the beginning of the lesson.
RIMINI THERMAL BATHS
There are not many thalasso therapy centres in Italy where the therapeutic properties of seawater or the marine environment are used for various kinds of treatments. The Rimini thermal baths are housed in a building directly on the beach with large windows overlooking the sea. It was, in fact, the very first thalasso therapy centre to be opened in Italy (1876) and specialises in the wellbeing of its guests. The centre also offers thermal treatments in water containing bromine salts. If you are in the area,
even just half a day there is enough to boost your well-being and general health. You can treat yourself to a relaxing massage, bathe in one of the three seawater pools or maybe have a marine exfoliating treatment. There is a thermal spa, a cardio-gym, water aerobics in seawater and a private beach with sports and entertainment for children.
Ferretti Beach Hotel is situated in the most exclusive area of Marina Centro right on the seaside overlooking the beach, in the heath of the local nightlife, is within walking distance from the best shops and provides a wellness centre inside. It has been opened after a complete careful and thorough restructuring. Equipped with all comforts in the Mediterranean and refined atmosphere will be able to meet leisure and business customers requirements all year long.
In the hotel, the spacious spa features a Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool colour therapy and much more. The external swimming pool is very large, 18 meters long, 8 meters wide and 2.80 meters high with heated water at 30/32 degrees open from the 25 of April to the 15th of October. Available a wide Jacuzzi tub and a shallow water pool. The environment is pleasant and relaxing thanks to the synthetic grass that surrounds the swimming pool.
How far is the hotel from…?
Beach: 50 metres
Rimini Fair Expo: 5,5 km
Center of Rimini: 2,5 km
Aquafan: 12 Km
Oltremare: 12 km
Fiabilandia: 5 km
Italia in Miniatura: 8 km
Misano World Circuit: 15 km
Campi da Tennis / Calcetto: 1.5 km
Rimini Golf: 16 km
105 Stadium – Rimini: 4 km
Le Befane Shopping Center: 4 km
Palas Rimini: 2.5 Km
Mirabilandia: 40 km
Rimini Airport: 5 km
Rimini Train Station: 3 km
Highway Exit Rimini Nord 8 km
Highway Exit Rimini Sud: 4 km
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