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Rimini in a coastal city and resort in the  Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy. It is located along the Riviera del Sole of the Adriatic Sea at the mouth of the Marecchia River. It was originally Etruscan and became known as Ariminum under the Romans whom occupied it from 268 BC. Rimini passed to the Byzantines and from them to the Goths, from whom it was recaptured by the Byzantines again. It was  then ruled by the Lombards and Franks. Rimini was for many years an object of papal-imperial rivalry, particularly after it became an independent commune in the 12th century. Rimini was fortified in the 15th century and was passed to the Papal States in 1509. With the exception of brief French domination during the Napoleonic Wars, the city remained under papal control until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

During the 19th century, the city expanded beyond its city walls and became a beach resort. Expansion continued in the 20th century and despite heavy damage from Allied bombardment in World War II, the city recovered. Today, with a 9 mile (15km) long sandy beach, Rimini is one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe There are over one thousand hotels here, and  thousands of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. As well as all of the usual attractions, one may expect from a large beach resort, Rimini has several museums (including the City Museum, the Fellini Museum, the Museum of Glance and Museum of Small Fishing and the Sea), churches and monasteries, villas and palaces, fortifications, archaeological sites, attractive squares, parks and monuments. Rimini is a road centre and important railway junction of lines to Brindisi, Venice and Trieste, and Bologna and Turin. There are se links to Ancona, Ravenna, Venice, and Trieste, and there is an airport at Miramare. As well as tourism, the town’s industries include food processing and railway workshops. Some photos from a visit to the resort may be seen in the thumbnail gallery below (click on an image to expand):

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