Rimini, in the Region of Emilia-Romagna, is the quintessential Italian seaside resort.
It is a lively mix of: families on holiday; young people living it up; rows of brightly coloured beach umbrellas; and trendy discos that are open all night long.
That is not all; Rimini also has a long, prestigious history.
It was a city of major importance during the Roman era when it was called Ariminium; two magnificent remnants from that period are the 'Arch of Augustus' and the 'Bridge of Tiberius'.
The fortified walls of the Old City and the 'Basilica of St. Agostino' were built in the 1200s.
The Malatesta family then ruled Rimini from 1295 to 1528; during which time they initiated many large urban renewal projects, some of which were never completed.