Rimini, Italy
Sara, 23
Marketing Management Student & Blogger
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What are the Rimini spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A first-time visitor should appreciate the three souls of Rimini, so the historical city centre with Augustus Arch and Tiberio Bridge, the seaside with the beautiful harbor and the hills with some traditional agritourism/restaurant.

Do’s and don’ts in Rimini: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Don't use your car during summer, you could get stuck in the traffic for hours. Rimini it's not very big so you can move easily renting a bike or a motorbike, plus there are a lot of beautiful bike paths. As regards public transports we have only buses, they work quite ok but I would recommend them only during winter, cause they have the same traffic problem of the cars. Generally I would say Rimini is quite a safe city, taking also into account the huge number tourists that makes security an issue in cities like this. The only very important rules are to avoid suburban areas and beach at night (beach bar excluded, they are super safe).

What do you do and why do you do it?

After having graduated in Tourism Economics at University of Bologna (Rimini campus), I decided to continue my studies with an International Master in Multichannel Marketing Management at MIP in Milan. I choose that course because I think marketing is the most powerful tool of this era, fundamental in developing tourism everywhere in a sustainable way. I'm also a blogger, I write about travels and lifestyle, both in Italian and in English. I called my blog Maitli, as my mum used to call me when I was a little girl, because I'm still as curious as I was at 3 and I write about all the adventures this brings me through.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

It really depends on the kind of night, when we go out in the city centre (during autumn/winter) or on the seaside (during spring/summer) we usually have a drink or two in one of the bars/beach bars, so I would say 6€ per drink. On the other hand, clubbing costs on average 25/30€, if there's an international DJ 30 or more.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

During autumn/winter the best is the historical city centre (both day/night), while during summer everyone moves down to the sea, the best area is Marina Centro, with the most beautiful spots and events.

What’s the one place in Rimini you think is underrated?

I think the countryside just behind Rimini is very underrated. Green hills, vine yards, olive trees, the most typical products and some of the most delicious restaurant with a breathtaking view on the city and the sea.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

The city museum it's not very known by the tourists but it's very interesting, it hosts the most ancient chirurgical set in the world. Otherwise if you are a shopping addicted the Befane Shopping Centre it's my favourite shopping spot during freezing days. Last but not least, I, as a food lover, would go in a beautiful warm restaurant in the countryside.

Your go-to brunch spots:

I have mainly two brunch spots that I love, if I'm in a more "healthy" mood I choose Panenostrolab that make a delicious buffet brunch with a lot a green and healthy stuff, on the other hand when the mood is not so "healthy" I love to have an american breakfast with eggs, pancakes and bacon on the terrace of American Graffiti, directly on the beach.

Your perfect night out in Rimini includes:

I'm definitely a club person, so first having a drink all together in one of my favourite bars or, if it's summer, on the beach and than going to one of my favourite clubs on the hills behind Riccione.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

My favourite view in Rimini is the one from the hills: you can see all the plain down to the sea. Otherwise, if you have the possibility to move by car or motorbike, I love the one from Gabicce Monte (25km from Rimini) from where you can see the whole coast from Cervia to Cattolica.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Rimini is full of good pizza and piadina take-away, very cheap and delicious. I listed in the map all my favourites.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Rimini. How do you spend it?

I would start with a good breakfast in my favourite place with my favourite croissant, than I would have a long walk through the city centre and ending the first half of the day in good fish restaurant, having some of my favourite traditional pasta. Than I would spend the rest of the day on the seaside, cause the sea it's always the thing I miss the most. I would have an aperitivo watching the sunset and a night out in one of my favourite clubs. The day after I would grab piadina before leaving (it's a tradition, every time I leave Rimini). Yes, I'm madly in love with the food here.

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