RIMINI & SURROUNDINGS
The town plan itself changed, with the new boulevard (now called Viale Principe Amadeo) connecting the city centre to the seaside area. Important infrastructures came into being: the Municipal Theatre in Piazza Cavour in 1857 and the station on the Bologna-Ancona railway line in 1861. Then, in the new century, tourism catering to the élite (the golden age of the Grand Hotel began in 1908) gave way to a more family oriented type of tourism between 1920 and 1930. The development which took place after World War II and included the nearby localities, is well known history. Surroundings:
-Santarcangelo: 10 Km from Rimini the medieval village is concentrated around its beautiful fortress which can be reached by ascending along the tiny streets that open onto wide panoramas of the Riviera below.
-Verucchio: 17 Km from Rimini the Valmarecchia valley was already 3000 years ago a villanovian settlement and there are important witness in the Archaeological Museum hosted in the old Sant’Agostino convent.
-Torriana and Montebello: 25 Km from Rimini Torriana, a few kilometres from Verucchio, was called Scorticata (skinned) in ancient times because of the ruggedness of the rock peak, almost completely bare of vegetation, on which the fortress stands
-San Leo: 30 Km from Rimini the castle is constructed on a crag considered to be impregnable which appears to have resisted any human intervention.
-Gradara: 25 Km from Rimini it is mentioned for the first time in documents from 1032 as "curte gradariae". Its origins are quite remote and the entrance archway to the village, given its unusual structure, is most certainly older than the walls and may date back to the Roman period.
-San Marino: Indipended Republic 25 Km from Rimini according to historical traditions the ancient Republic of San Marino was founded by a Dalmation stone-cutter, Marinus, who had been commissioned by Diocletian to restore the city walls of Rimini.
-Urbino : The town is built on a hill that divides the valley of the River Foglia from that of the River Metauro.
-Ravenna: 50 Km from Rimini serene and resplendent Byzantine Ravenna, the capital of barbarian Italy. Situated on the coast, this town has a total of eight monuments that have been declared to be a precious heritage for all of humanity.