Rimini, a seaside town on Italy's east coast, dates back to 268 BC. It has 15km of sandy beaches and is undergoing a revival amongst European travellers. It's been a favourite spot since the 1960s and is very much in fashion on the Adriatic Riviera.
During summer, Rimini's population explodes to more than 1 million people, filling the beach with people (who have been holidaying there for years) and colourful umbrellas.
The town square is the centre of all the action and its statue of Pope Paul V has stood in its centre next to the fountain since 1614. Piazza Tre Martiri is the place where Julius Caesar decided to march on Rome in 49 BC. It also has scars from World War II when German shells destroyed the town. So amongst all the shopping and fun there is some serious history.
Augustus, the first Roman emperor, built the Tiberius Bridge over the Marecchia River 2000 years ago, and it remains as strong and useful as it ever was. People cross it every day to buy fresh fish at the dock. Catriona Rowntree tried the connochia, which has a yabby taste and goes very well with spaghetti.
Rimini was the birthplace of the famed 20th century film director, Federico Fellini, and his works were obviously greatly influenced by his home. Hedonism fused with tradition became Fellini's trademark. His imagination stemmed from analysts telling him to write down his dreams. For 30 years he followed that advice and was obsessive, not only keeping a book but scrawling on restaurant napkins.
Le Meridien Rimini
There are one thousand hotels sprinkled along the 40km stretch of beach, and Le Meridien Rimini is beautifully positioned in the centre. Its seafront location has fabulous views of the Adriatic from its balconies and enjoys easy access to the historical centre of town.
The hotel's 110 rooms pay homage to Rimini's cultural heritage, with terra cotta, ceramics and mosaics playing a major part in its décor.
The Furakha Wellness centre is a haven of tranquillity with relaxing massage treatments, pool and solarium on a private terrace. The lounge bar is nearby if you fancy something cool to drink. Soleaido serves seafood cuisine, native to the region.
After a day in the sun and maybe an afternoon snooze, you will be ready to visit local beach bars and think about dinner. You just might have the feeling of being on a Fellini film location!
Guests can enjoy La Dolce Vita Beach Club opposite the hotel during summer months. It has direct access to the beautiful turquoise waters and golden sands. It has a restaurant, bar, showers and volleyball court. There's even a playground for small visitors.
If you want to spread your retail-therapy wings, San Marino, which has tax-free shopping, is only 45 minutes away.
Rimini, a three-hour drive from Milan in Italy.
Le Meridien Rimini rooms start at around $275 a night. Buffet breakfast is included.
Emirates has flights to Milan.
- Perth $2166
- Melbourne $2220
- Sydney $2236
- Brisbane $2239
- Adelaide $2263
Valid for travel between March 5, 2009 and April 30, 2011. Conditions apply.
Prices correct at March 12, 2009.
For further information
Ph: 1300 303 777
Le Meridien Rimini
Via Lungomare Augusto Murri 13
Ph: +39 0541 39660
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