When someone mentions Rimini, it's usually associated quickly with the vision of jam-packed beaches, hedonistic nightclubs and party place mostly.
In 1843, the first bathing establishments took root next to the Adriatic and then beach huts gradually morphed into a megaresort, which in turn sprouted a big nightclub scene in the 1990s. Despite the interesting history, the majority of Rimini's visitors come for its long, boisterous and overly crowded beachfront.
And there's no better time to visit Rimini, than in the first week of July!
This is when The Notte Rosa, or Pink Night, is traditionally held along the beachfront, with most of the piazza’s playing host to free concerts - there's usually a ticketed main concert in Piazzale Fellini – artists have included Francesco de Gregori, Antonello Venditi, and Giorgia and events. It’s worth noting that there are usually Notte Rosa themed events in the days running up to the big night, in the city centre as well.
A great plan would be to have drinks and dinner at the Grand Hotel Rimini, followed by a stroll downtown along Ponte di Tiberio, if you have enough time before midnight. After dinner at the Grand hotel, we went downtown to check out the pink lights. Also, we stopped at La Marianna which was a great little restaurant to stop at, for some great Italian nosh, and just for Pink Night, we had our food in pink just for the occasion.
And finally finishing off along the beach promenade and partying the night way and watching the spectacular fireworks.
The next morning should be spent sunbathing and people watching on Rimini beach front, of course, followed by a good old fashioned Piadina lunch at Casina del Bosco Rimini. Piadina lunch at hotspot, Casina del Bosco Rimini is a must have.
Now the Notte Rosa festival runs not just in Rimini, but along the whole Romagna coast, ie. the shores of Ferrara and San Marino. This is an all-night festival where cultural and artistic events take place, bringing visitors into the city.
Pink is picked as a contrast to the stereotypical, wild Riviera nightlife - using the colour pink, the night aims to define itself as soft, gentle, and welcoming – perfect not just for party folks but of families too. This festival, first proposed in 2006 by Andrea Gnassi has become one of the biggest events in Italy with staggering numbers, of up to 2 million guests at a time.
Travel tip shared by U Mei for Travel Dudes