Updated: Feb 7
I found my way in Rimini this October. I had read all of the guides about endless stretches of white sand (about 15km) and beach clubs as far as the eyes can see. But, had no idea what this meant for the town in October, when the clubs have closed shop and nothing is left but the seagulls and a windsurfers eager to keep the everlasting summer going.
I had also heard that it was a party destination- but alas the only parties I saw were related to the hospitality conference that was in town for the week.
Where to Stay
I had made the mistake of booking an Airbnb near the train station to keep travelling easy, but I had forgotten that train station neighbourhoods in Italy = shift areas. My mistake. Luckily the Airbnb had sweeping views of the surrounding areas and was beautifully furnished on the inside.
If I were to return, I would suggest staying by the beach, which is where all of the dining and nightlife is centered. It also felt much safer to walk around in that area day and night.
Where to Shop
The Centro Storico had many luxury Italian shops containing brands such as Moncler and Burberry as well as some well-known chains like H&M and Kiko Cosmetics. The shopping is mostly situated along the Corso d'Augusto and can be conquered in a few hours. Here also lies the Piazza Tre Martiri and the Piazza Cavour, which happened to be the only sites we saw before feeling as though we had to head home before nightfall in the train station area. The Centro Storico was also a very nice neighborhood that would have proved a more suitable area to stay.
Where to Eat
I had made reservations well in advance to sample more dishes from the Emilia Romagna region, but because of my poor and uncomfortable accommodation choice and limited taxis/no uber, we were limited to places nearby. Funny enough, Uber Eats existed, but not Uber taxis.
On the way in, we had to wait for our Airbnb to be ready, so we ate at a nearby restaurant called L'Artrov Bar Trattoria. We had many delicious fresh croissants, espressos, and a freshly baked thin-crust cheese pizza as we waited.
We visited 3 Ibis Gelato twice on this trip. The spot was located near the beach, and offered very creamy gelatos. My favorite was the amaretto, but I'm also partial to the flavour. They also offered white and milk chocolate sauce to line your cup and fresh cream on top.
We also dined at Osteria e Pataca which was located on the same beach stretch. The sweet spot for dinner in the region seems to be 9:30pm. I would recommend reservations as they fill up quickly. They offered many fresh fish and pasta options, and fit the bill for a delicious - albeit run of the mill dinner with nice ambiance.
Another night I dined at La Casina Del Bosco, which was a hotspot for the region's famous piadines. I would compare these to freshly made tortilla bread with lots of topping options. Not sure what all of the fuss is about as there are many similar dishes offered throughout the world, but to each his own. This spot was very busy in the evening and has an expansive patio.
While waiting for the train out, we ate at Otto e Mezzo which is a cafe directly across from the station and sampled a few days old pastries
I confess, as a foodie, Rimini missed a beat for my tastebuds. I found myself at Burger King twice on my visit, and don't regret a single Whopper.
If you don't absolutely need to see Rimini, I would give it a miss. But if you find yourself there for work or live nearby, it still retains Italian charm amidst a tourist-driven town. Safety was also an issue here as a female traveler. I did not feel comfortable walking beyond the main strips and did not have the comfort level to go off the beaten path as much as I typically do. I am surprised more articles about Rimini did not mention this.
Also, my review is for the offseason only, and I'm sure with the sand in my feet and ocean wind in my hair my feelings towards this town would have been different.