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The uprooting of a tree led to the discovery of the remains of a Roman house probably from the 2nd Century CE which was burned down at the end of the 3rd Century. The house was hidden below Piazza Ferrari and is now on show during the summer months next to the gardens where children play on the swings. Excavation has unearthed decorated plaster, vases, oil lamps, decorative statuettes, bronze decorations and a treasure of about 90 coins. A room with a polychrome mosaic showing Orpheus in the center can be seen. The house has also revealed the largest collection of medical instruments from the Roman world plus mortars, scales, measures and vases for the preparation and conservation of medicines. The building takes its name from these findings.
Accessible from the train station in only five minutes on foot, the Piazza Ferrari gardens are the summer meeting spot for the youth of Rimini, who usually meet up there in the evenings, in front of the historic gelateria in the center of the square. Also in the middle of the square is a little playground with brighly colored swings which attract parents and children in Spring and Summer, making the square resonate with the lively cries of children and chating parents. Today, the Piazza Ferrari gardens are also an important archeological site after the chance discovery of a house dating from epic Roman times, while felling a tree. The Surgeon's House yielded valuable objects which can now be seen at the City Museum.
If you go down Via Bastioni Orientali from Arco d'Augusto flanking the medieval-Malatesta walls of the medieval city, you will come to the crossroads with Via Roma. This is where you will find one of Rimini's three great monuments. Probably erected during the 2nd Century CE, it was pillaged by the barbarians and damaged further by air raids in World War II. Now there are only a few remains of what used to be one of the largest amphitheatres in Emilia Romagna: the walls, one of the main entrances and some entrances to the balconies. The original shape was elliptical with an arena measuring 76x47 meters with 60 fornices. It could hold between 10,000-12,000 spectators without counting the ones in the supplementary wooden stands. The ring was used for Gladiator fights and fights between animals and men, the Romans' favorite. The public would help decide the fate of a defeated Gladiator by shouting either "missum" (free him) or giving the traditional thumbs down.
The Church of Santi Bartolomeo e Marino (Santa Rita) was built at the end of the 12th Century in the previous site of a chapel from the 15th Century, dedicated to San Marino. He had moved from Arbe to Rimini to practice the craft of stonemasons. Here, you can find a rare example of inlay art: a beautiful wooden choir (dating back to the end of the 15th Century), consisting of 22 seats in walnut, made by Venetian workers. The church is known as Santa Rita of Rimini, for the image that is venerated there.
This is considered one of the most honorable most works of the Renaissance. In reality the works for the construction of this amazing monument were based on the preceding structure of the 14th Century Romanesque-Gothic church of San Francesco. Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta began the work in 1449: the architectural part was entrusted to Matteo de' Pasti, the sculpture was the domain of Agostino di Duccio and the external architecture was the work of Leon Battistia Alberti. The architect planned a new concept in marble recladding, getting rid of all Gothic design and each decorative accent, and drawing on inspiration from the Roman Arco d'Augusto instead. The majestic façade inspired by classic Renaissance forms, even if it remains unfinished in the upper part, it is distinguished from the internal, creating an architectural contrast. One of its six inside chapels, la Cappella degli Antenati housed the Arca degli Antenati dei Discendenti work of Agostino di Duccio in which Sigismondo wanted to have united the of his ancestors and the ancient of the Casata. Giotto's crucifix of 1312 is in the temple and in the Capella delle Reliquie you can see the fresco of Piero della Francesca (1451) of Sigismondo kneeling in front of Saint Sigismondo.
The ancient Marian sanctuary of the Madonna della Misericordia stands on the left of the narrow Santa Chiara alleyway near the Arco d'Augusto. The church has a rough façade lined with brick. Its design in the shape of a Latin cross and the Neo-Classical Nave are especially beautiful. Inside there is a painting on canvas of immense fame: painted by Giuseppe Soleri it shows the features of the Blessed Virgin. The canvas has a chased frame made from solid silver and gilded bronze and is embedded with gems.
The Tempietto di Sant'Antonio, dated between 1575 and 1578, has a unmistakeable octagonal form, and was erected in honor of the Saint who came here to evangelise the citizens, who did not want to listen and made fun of him. The Saint, went to the shores of the sea and preached to the fish. It is said that at the very moment when the Tempietto was built the Saint performed a miracle: the mule of Bonvillo, the representative of the Patarine heretics, being hungry and not having eaten for several days, refused to eat the barley and knelt before the sacred host. The marbled columns of the Tempietto are all decorated with designs copying Bramante's style. The Cupola, decorated with figures of angels and an impressive fresco by Achille Funi is in itself an incredible sight. It is conveniently located in the Piazza Tre Martiri.
You will find Rimini Beach buzzing with activity. While the beach is the perfect place to unwind from the city's hustle-bustle, the neighboring restaurants and bars tempt you with delicious food and scenic views on offer. Besides, you can witness a variety of events that are regularly hosted here. It is truly a beach lover's paradise!
Piazzale Fellini is a very important square in the city. The place is an hub of activities with the shopping district around the place. Piazzale Fellini is used to host city functions and celebrations apart from some other important announcements. If you are in the city and plan to explore the place, Piazzale Fellini is sure to give you an insight into the local life of the city.
As you walk down the Via Tempio Malatestiano from Via Gambalunga in the direction of Via IV Novembre, you pass, on the right, what seems to be the thick outer walls of some old palace. Follow the curious white sign to Il Giardino degli Aromi, a delicious and charming spot hidden between the houses and palaces. The summer garden has flower beds in very bright colors with even stronger scents, enriched by benches scattered here and there among the flowering shrubs and bushes. Relax, read a book, exchange sweet nothings with your lover, or just enjoy an ice cream.
Palazzo Gambalunga is an old palace in the historical center of Rimini that is now the seat of the research library. The library is named after an illustrious citizen and is most definitely one of the city's monuments best endowed with works of art and other treasures. This unique opportunity to learn what treasures the city possesses should not be missed.
Biblioteca Civica Gambalunga is the main library located within the gorgeous confines of the Palazzo Gambalunga. More than 1350 vintage manuscripts can be found here along with parchments, documents, essays, 16th century editions and over 200,000 books. The courtyard is often abuzz with students who stop by for a look at the exhibitions held on the ground floor of the building.