Rimini bares great witness to a past of ancient memory and its origins date back to the Etruscan and Celt settlements. It had been first a Latin law colony in 286 B.C., then it was Augustus’imperial municipality and, at last, became an important seatown, with splendid monuments.
In the Middle Ages Rimini established itself as a comune and, in the Renaissance, it became the capital of the Malatesta Signoria and had a glorious period, above all from the cultural and artistic point of view.
The Malatesta court gave hospitality to some renowned artists and men of letters, like Brunelleschi and Leon Battista Alberti. Later, in the 16th century, the town went under the dominion of the Catholic Church, that stopped its econmic development for about three centuries.
Only at the beginning of 1900, there was an economic recovery of the town through the birth of numerous bath establishments and luxury residencies. The development began after the second world war, that had destroyed almost the whole town. In fact, during the Fifties and Sixties the urban rebuilding changed completely the territory, since blocks of flats and hotels were built all along the Rimini coast becoming one of the most notorius summer resort of Italy.