Three Monkeys Online

A Curious, Alternative Magazine

Rimini, when is the best time to go?

When is the best time to visit Rimini? That’s a good question, and not as easy to answer as it may sound. Certainly the high tourist season is July/August, and in terms of events that’s when the majority are scheduled. There are plenty of people, though, who will recommend you avoid the city in those months precisely because it becomes packed with tourists. The reality is that Rimini is a city with something to offer all year round, though in distinctly different flavours.

Mirabilandia (huge Amusement park near Ravenna), Italia in Miniatura, and the Oltre Mare seapark. You’ll have the advantage of significantly smaller queues for attractions.

Rimini at Christmastime

Rimini is a great Christmas destination, and it’s the time of the year when the old city really comes into its own, with beautiful christmas lights and markets lighting up its narrow old streets and piazzas. The winter is when all life in the city shifts away from the seafront and into the Roman/Medieval town. The food on offer in Rimini during the whole year is amazing, but the hearty Romagnolo cooking is particularly pleasant when sampled in one of the city’s many great restaurants during the winter (to get an idea of Romagnolo cooking, read this great article.

New Year’s Eve is a brilliant festival throughout Italy, and Rimini prides itself on having some of the biggest and best events. For years RAI, the Italian state broadcaster, hosted its New Year’s Celebrations on the tv in an outside broadcast from Piazza Fellini beside the Grand Hotel, so in many ways Rimini has become synonymous with New Year’s Eve throughout Italy, and while RAI no longer broadcasts from here, the party tradition remains. There are concerts in the piazza and great fireworks to enjoy.

The beachfront in winter takes on a completely different personality. During the summer months it is all about comfort and convenience – the beach being prepared each morning by an army of Bagnini (the owners of the individual beachfront concessions), setting up sun loungers and umbrellas. During the winter, the beach becomes windswept, and powerfully beautiful. A perfect place to go walking for miles.

Don’t go to Rimini during the winter if you’re expecting snow and skiing – It rarely snows heavily in Rimini as it is on the coast, and the nearest decent skiing resorts are a couple of hours away. It’s not impossible to include a brief skiing trip while on holidays in Rimini, but there are certainly easier and better ways to do it.

Rimini in the Spring

The Spring in Rimini has all the advantages of the Autumn, with the added benefit that the cycle is in reverse – so while many tourist attractions are starting to close in the Autumn months, during the spring they’re starting to open again. There is an obvious excitement in the air, as the Riminese start preparing for the important summer months.

The spring has various events that are well worth checking out, like the annual Paganello frisbee freestyle competition held on Rimini’s beachfront, that attracts frisbee enthusiasts from all over the world. There’s the Rimini Marathon, the Mille Miglia vintage car road race and a whole host of important events in Rimini’s Fiera convention centre.

Don’t come to Rimini in the spring if you want to lounge on the beach all day – you might be lucky with the weather, but usually there’s still a nip in the air, and only the hardiest of locals head swimming.


Leave a Reply