The city of Rimini, Italy is perhaps best known for its shallow beaches on the Adriatic. I found the beach strip to be a nightmare of lounge chairs and shade umbrellas by day, and crowded bars by night, so as usual, I chose the path less taken. I turned my back on the shore and focused on the city center, which is rife with history and ancient Roman ruins. Among the structures that have survived through the centuries is Montanara Gate in Rimini, which once marked one end of the town’s Roman Forum. The opposite end of the Roman Forum was marked by the massive Arch of Augustus, which is equally well preserved. I spent a lovely two days wandering from ruin to ruin, with no crowds to battle, since everyone else was at the beach.
Want to read more about my experiences in northern Italy? You may be interested in this story about Bologna, Italy.