Rimini is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Italy and, with its prime position on the Adriatic coast, it spends much of the year basking in Mediterranean sunshine. But what happens on those rare days when the weather isn’t so favourable? When you can’t spend your time on its golden beaches or exploring the city’s fascinating historical sites?

    Thankfully, there’s far more to Rimini than just its awesome outdoor attractions, such as the Tiberius Bridge and Italy in Miniature, so there’s no need to remain cooped up in your hotel room waiting for the storm to pass. Instead, keep yourself entertained and take your pick from these top things to do in Rimini when it rains.


    Malatesta Temple

    Visit the unfinished cathedral of Rimini

    • History
    • Photo

    A prominent marble structure in the heart of Rimini, the impressive Malatesta Temple is one of the area’s must-see attractions. A cathedral church dedicated to St. Francis, it’s arguably one of the most significant religious buildings in the city. Dating back to the 15th century, the construction of the temple was ordered by former ruler Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta and carried out under a number of different architects. It was, however, never completed due to the decline in Malatesta’s popularity.

    Admire the striking exterior, then head inside to discover the fascinating blend of Gothic and Renaissance art depicting the history of the church.

    Location: Via IV Novembre, 35, 47900 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30 am to 12 pm and 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm, Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 7 pm, Sundays from 9 am to 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm

    Phone: +39 05 4151 130


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    Mercato Coperto Rimini

    Discover the city’s fabulous food market

    • Food

    Wandering around this vast, roofed food market is an excellent way to while away your time because the friendly stallholders will more than make up for the less-than-inviting weather outside.

    Let your senses lead the way as you discover the most delicious local produce, from just-harvested fruit and veg to the finest cuts of meat, succulent seafood caught that day and everything else in between. It’s a great place to grab a bite to eat and, of course, a freshly-roasted Italian coffee.

    Location: Via Castelfidardo, 15, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 7 am to 7.45 pm (closed Sundays)

    Phone: +39 05 4153 898


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    City Museum of Rimini

    Take a journey through Rimini’s past

    • History

    Delve into Rimini’s fascinating local history as you explore ancient artefacts and paintings at the superb City Museum of Rimini. The Museo della Città takes you on a journey through the ages, from prehistoric and Roman times to the Renaissance and right through to the modern-day. The Roman section is particularly notable and features a large collection of Roman surgical instruments excavated from a nearby villa.

    The villa in question is the Domus del Chirurgo, the archaeological remains of a Roman surgeon’s home. Located just across from the museum itself, it’s possible to buy tickets that include entry into both.

    Location: Via Luigi Tonini, 1, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: June –mid-September: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (until 11 pm on Wednesdays in July and August – closed Mondays). Mid-September –May: Tuesday–Saturday from 9.30 am to 1 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm (closed Mondays)

    Phone: +39 05 4179 3851


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    Montebello Castle

    A spooky day out for those who dare

    • Unusual
    • History
    • Photo

    Perched high above the Valley of Marecchia and Uso, Montebello Castle is steeped in history and blessed with unrivalled views of the Italian countryside. But that’s not all… legend has it that the castle is haunted by the ghost of a young albino girl who disappeared from the castle without a trace.

    Make the short journey out of the city and visit the castle to discover the full story. Guided tours take place regularly throughout the day and some evenings too. You’ll even get to hear recordings of the ghost, so you can make up your own mind about the spooky goings-on.

    Location: Via Castello di Montebello, 7, 47825 Poggio Torriana RN, Italy

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +39 05 4167 5180


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    Aquarium of Cattolica

    Visit Italy’s second largest aquarium

    • Families

    Home to over 10,000 marine mammals, the Aquarium of Cattolica is the second largest in Italy and is a great place to escape the rain. Discover the creatures of the deep in the Purple section, the reptiles and creepy crawlies of the Green section and the freshwater residents of the Yellow section. The highlight for many, the Blue section is where you’ll find the playful Humboldt penguins and Italy’s biggest tiger sharks.

    More than just your average aquarium, tickets include access to immersive and interactive exhibits, making your day both fun and educational. Be sure not to miss feeding time with the sharks, stingrays, otters and penguins while you’re there.

    Location: Piazzale delle Nazioni, 1A, 47841 Cattolica RN, Italy

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +39 05 4183 71


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    Le Befane Shopping Centre

    Go on a spree at Rimini’s largest shopping centre

    • Families
    • Food
    • Shoppers

    A huge shopping mall close to Rimini’s centre, Le Befane has over 130 stores for you to enjoy a day of retail therapy and entertainment, all under one roof. On a rainy day, you can take a short bus journey or taxi to the mall and explore the large selection of shops, selling everything from clothing and accessories to technology and homeware, including high street names and luxury brands.

    Once you’re done shopping and have worked up an appetite, there are plenty of places to stop by for some food. There’s also a games room and a 12-screen cinema complex. Just remember that return buses finish earlier in the evening if you’re planning on staying late to catch a film.

    Location: Via Caduti di Nassiriya, 20, 47924 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm (open till 10 pm Fridays and Saturdays)

    Phone: +39 05 4138 7995


    Sigismond Castle

    Get a taste of medieval Rimini

    • History
    • Photo

    Often going undiscovered by those visiting Rimini’s historic centre, the impressive Sigismond Castle (Castel Sismondo) lies hidden behind the Teatro Galli and Piazza Cavour. The castle was originally built as a fortress and residence in 1437 by Sigismondo Malatesta. Nowadays, the striking Renaissance building holds conferences, events and guided tours of exhibitions.

    The Federico Fellini International Museum is set to open in one of the castle’s annexes soon and will house reconstructed Fellini movie sets created by international artists. There’s also a brand new amphitheatre and bar just outside the castle. It’s always worth seeing what events are taking place here during your visit – just pop into the tourist information office at the train station to find out.

    Location: Piazza Malatesta, 47900 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: Hours vary by event

    Phone: +39 05 4170 4704


    Cinema Fulgor

    Experience the iconic Art Nouveau movie house

    • History

    After years of restoration, the iconic Cinema Fulgor raised its curtains once again in January 2018, on the birthday of Federico Fellini. Celebrating the life of the legendary Italian film director, the magnificently ornate picture house is now a functioning cinema once more. Having been the place where Fellini’s love for film was first ignited as a child, it regularly shows his own work as well as modern-day films.

    Regardless of what show you get tickets for, the experience is made all the more special as you get to admire the stunning gold and red Art Nouveau interior. If you’re travelling in a group, it’s possible to prearrange a guided tour of the building, too.

    Location: Corso d’Augusto, 162, 47921 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: Hours vary depending on shows

    Phone: +39 05 4170 9545


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    National Motorcycle Museum

    Admire the 250+ motorcycles on display

    • History

    You don’t need to be a bike enthusiast to appreciate the sheer splendour of the National Motorcycle Museum’s awesome collection – but it certainly helps. Located on the outskirts of Rimini, you’ll need your own car or a taxi to get there. On arrival, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive (if a little cramped) display of around 300 motorbikes and scooters dating back to the 19th century.

    The family-run museum is arranged in such a way as to tell the story of Italian motorcycles through the ages, with each section dedicated to a different period. The colourful signs, posters and artwork only add to the authentic experience. During the summer, it’s possible to book on a guided tour followed by lunch.

    Location: Via Casalecchio, 58/N, 47924 Rimini RN, Italy

    Open: April–October: daily from 10.30 am to 7 pm. November–March: by reservation only

    Phone: +39 05 4173 1096


    Vini Case Marcosanti

    Find out why the local wine tastes so great

    • Food

    Book yourself on a tour of the Case Marcosanti estate and visit its onsite winery to experience the delicious taste of local Italian wine. Set in beautiful grounds just a 20-minute drive from Rimini, it’s a stunning place to visit in the summer months, but equally as worthwhile when it rains (though you’ll perhaps just want to steer clear of the vineyards). Keep dry inside the cellar where you’ll get to learn all about the production process, then head over to visit the 1913 Breda steam locomotive.

    Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll get to sample at least 3 different wines, so be sure to book a taxi back to your hotel if you want to make the most of your visit.

    Location: Via Chiesa di Camerano, 369, 47824 Poggio Berni RN, Italy

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8.30 am to 12 pm and 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm, Saturdays from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +39 32 9217 9588

    Sadie Geoghegan-Dann | Contributing Writer

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