HISTORY

The ancient Ariminum (from the name of the Ariminus river, today’s Marecchia river) was founded by the Romans in 286 BC. and remained an important colony of the empire for a very long period, thanks to its strategic position for maritime trade and to the three very important roads that connected it to the capital (Via Flaminia Road) and to the rest of Italy (Via Popilia-Annia and Via Emilia roads). In 90 BC. it became a Municipium and it was under the Roman Empire that the great monuments were built that are still partly visible in the city: the Arch of Augustus, the Tiberius Bbridge, a theatre, a large Amphitheatre (second only to the Colosseum) and the surgeon's domus, the only Roman clinic that has survived intact to this day.

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What the Commune represents today is the result of a millenary history, rich in culture. Certainly, it was not only the Romans who founded a rich artistic and commercial centre in Rimini. It became a municipality in the twelfth century, the city activity flowed around the current Piazza Cavour where the town hall was born, the Arengo Palace in Roman-Gothic style. In the historical period that saw the clashes between the Guelphs and Ghibellines become increasingly bitter, on the night of 13 December 1295 Malatesta da Verucchio, on the Guelph side, with a skilful deception, managed to take over the city of Rimini and the Malatesta lordship was born. It was under the Malatesta family that Rimini found its maximum splendour in the thirteenth century, representing the meeting place of prominent personalities such as Piero della Francesca, Leon Battista Alberti and Giovanni Bellini who, with their works, have imprinted the name of the ancient Roman colony. 

All this and much more make the historic centre a forge of history, art and prestige for the entire Italy. 

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The modern city was born during the nineteenth century (1843) when, after a period of inactivity, trade gave way to the creation of the Privileged Bathhouse which consecrated Rimini as one of the most famous Italian maritime cities. Unfortunately, the Second World War managed to almost ruin what had been an artistic, cultural and religious homeland for almost two thousand years. With the bombings, many monuments were destroyed and the city fell into a state of ruin from which, slowly, it was able to recover with the help of the population. 

This is what Rimini represents today: dedication, willpower and determination.

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The European Veteran Championships will take place in the city of Rimini from 25 June to 2 July 2022 at the Rimini Fair.

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