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The FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) is back in Italy this weekend at the Riviera Di Rimini – a beach holiday hot spot with some cultural gems to discover and within easy reach of the microstate of San Marino.
This little northern Italy city of about 150,000 inhabitants sits on the Adriatic Sea, offering 9 miles of beautiful sandy beach for locals and tourists to relax on.
Thanks to its impressive beach and many hotels, Rimini is known as being a beach holiday hot spot but there is also plenty to do in the heart of the town, including of course plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
Founded by the Romans in 268 BC, there’s a lot of history to be admired. The Arch of Augustus was dedicated to the Emperor Augustus by the Roman Senate in 27 BC and is the oldest Roman arch which survives. Another popular tourist spot for photos is the Tiberius Bridge, which has a typical Roman design featuring 5 arches.
The city as a whole is full of fantastic architecture and the surrounding countryside offers beautiful scenery for a relaxed drive onto other Italian hotspots.
San Marino is just a stone’s throw from Rimini and offers fantastic views of the picturesque landscape from its mountainous terrain and terracotta roofs.
This microstate is the fifth smallest country in the world, and it has held on as the world’s oldest surviving sovereign state and its oldest republic since AD 301. Unsurprisingly San Marino therefore has many historical buildings and Unesco-listed streets.
One top tourist attraction this time of year is the hourly changing of the guard in Piazza della Libertà. You’ll also find San Marino’s official seat of government overlooking the piazza, the neo-Gothis Palazzo Pubblico.
You can also get a great view all the way back to Rimini from the 750-metre-tall Monte Titano, and the castle which sits upon it (Torre Cesta). The castle dominates the San Marino skyline and is home to a whole host of medieval armaments in its museum.
The beautiful Bologna is just a short drive from the riviera circuit and is a fantastic location for checking out some ancient Italian architecture.
Head to Piazza Maggiore to admire some of Bologna’s finest architecture. The square sits in the centre of the city and its buildings are adorned with the typical red terracotta tiles that blanket the tops of many of Bologna’s traditional buildings.
Take a look at our Imola destination guide for more tips on Bologna.
A couple of hours west of San Marino is the city of Florence.
Florence is admired for its stunning churches, such as Santa Croce which is the burial place for the great and good of Florence (including Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei).
Take a look at our Imola destination guide for more tips on visiting Florence.
The local currency in Italy is the euro. Cards are widely accepted across the country, so are an excellent way of carrying your travel money securely.
Tipping is common, but not obligatory. Most restaurants will already include ‘servizo’ (service charge) or ‘coperto’ (cover charge) – sometimes both – on your bill.