One of the most classic holiday in Italy for families is going to Rimini with kids. Since I became mother I went to Romini many times: this area is very welcoming and people are very nice there.
I discovered Rimini, its archaeological treasures, the history of the Malatesta and the beautiful hinterland.
So I decided to write a post about a holiday in Rimini with children, to try to give some tips “beyond” the usual imagine. Because a holiday in Rimini is not only beach! 🙂
Useful information for visiting Rimini with children
Hotels in Rimini with kids
There are many hotels in Rimi. Below you can find some hotels that we enjoyed a lot:
- Hotel Felix: this is one of the Traditional Hotels of Rimini. It is a hotel managed by a family with spacious rooms, cot for children with wooden bumpers (!!), high chairs, bicycles with seat for the baby, flexible hours for meals, bottle warmer for the night and even a spare stroller. In short, family-friendly, with friendly staff. Then the cuisine is typical of Romagna: you eat well! It is located in a quiet side street just 5 minutes from the beach with a play area for children right across.
- Residence Villa Azzurra in Rivazzurra: This hotel i open also in winter. We rented a small apartment with a kitchenette, equipped with everything you need, clean, spacious and comfortable for us we were traveling with a baby. The Residence is open all year, it is located a short distance from the sea and from the center of Rimini and is run by a very nice family .
Where to eat in Rimini with kids
Below some restaurants in Rimini and surroundings where we had lunch and dinner. In addition to the quality of the food, were also suitable for children.
- Oasis of Piada: typical piadina kiosk in one of the inner streets of the city. Piadina magnificent, especially the “very traditional” sausage and onions, the kiosk has a play area for children with swings and other games. There are, however, changing table and high chairs.
- Osteria De Borg: restaurant specialties in the beautiful small village of San Giuliano, has a nice courtyard where you can dine outdoors but also large rooms decorated with prints and Rimini proverbs. The food is excellent, the choice of wines to the first with the pastry homemade until you get to the meat: try the cut, it is divine. Not lacking high chairs, coloring games and crayons to entertain the little ones.
- Casa Zanni: this former butcher turned into a restaurant in the hinterland near Rimini Verucchio prepares delicious grilled meat and the first and the starters do not disfigure certainly. High chair for babies and changing help new parents to relax and enjoy the release.
What to taste in Rimini
Local cuisine is one of the strengths of Rimini. So start from the “Piada” in classic version with Squacquerone cheese or from the “Cassone“, fantastic with potatoes and sausage. And then appetizers like the salami of Mora Romagnola and overall the homemade pasta: “gnocchi”, “tortellini”, “tagliatelle”, “strozzapreti” .
And don’t forgot wines: Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Rebola …
A holiday in Rimini with kids: what to do
Everybody knows Rimini for its beach and for its excellent services, but the old town is worth a visit and all the area is fantastic to visit. So I try to give you some idea to alternate beach life that a tourist “do-it-yourself” because it’s really worth pena.
Rimini with kids
Rimini is very beautiful city. The old Town is full of life at any time of year and there really are so many things to discover.
The port, the dock and the city of Mr. Fellini
Dedicate half a day to the area to this area, starting from the “Fontana dei Quattro Cavalli” (Fountain of the Four Horses), admiring the charm of the Grand Hotel until you get to the Tiberius Bridge and then the Borgo San Giuliano. Borgo San Giuliano is a part of the old town where the walls of the houses tell the life of the people and the great master films and plaques with the nicknames of the fishermen make you smile.
If you have time – and maybe want to ride – then organized a bike ride along the Marecchia river to the sea.
Rimini is really beautiful and full of history, then you will not be bored spending a few hours exploring the beautiful Malatesta Temple and the Arch Augusto. Take a caffe in “Piazza Cavour”, admired the mosaics of the House Surgeon, pause in front of the “Fontana della Pigna” and “Castel Sismondo”.
If you have time and you want to walk take a trip to the big market on Saturday and maybe buy some typical product of the area.
What to see close to Rimini
There are many small villages, fortresses and castles to visit close to Rimini. I point out the ones that I remained more impressed:
- Verucchio: this village is called “cradle of the Malatesta” has ancient origins and is traced back to the times of Villanovians. “La Rocca” is one of the best preserved Malatesta fortresses and the village has a Romanesque church and an Archaeological Museum.
- San Leo: the cliff of San Leo catches the eye from afar and this village with its fortress that was imprisoned for Count of Cagliostro is also home to a beautiful cathedral (the Cathedral of San Leone) and the Medici Palace. The view from the top of the cliff is amazing.
- Santarcangelo: La town (which is not even so ‘small) organizes festivals and events that you do the visit with pleasure, but even without these events the Tufa Caves, the Malatesta Fortress, the museums (including not miss the Museum of Button) alone are worth the visit.
- San Marino: with his unique atmosphere, the castle and the narrow streets of the center! And do you know that is not part of Italian Republic?
- Other things to see near Rimini: I could write a post kilometer to mention everything there is to see and do around Rimini: the Rock of Torriana, at the Castle of Montebello up to Mondaino or the mills of Poggio Berni.
Practical information for a holiday in Rimini
Where is Rimini
Rimini is in the center of Italy, in Emilia Romagna Region. This is a very famous city for tourism in summer, thanks to its hotels, restaurants and discoteques. In Rimini you can meet all kind of tourists: young families, granparents, group of friends. The area is very popular in August but is one of the more cheap destination. Prices are not hight and you can enjoy a holiday in Rimini, eating well and relaxing, with a quite low budget.
How to get Rimini
You can get Rimini by plane or by car because the area is very well connected with the rest of Italy. Please remember that there are also a lot of trains from all the main italian cities to Rimini and also buses. In this way you can save money!