Rimini on the Adriatic Riviera. Fellini’s favourite Rimini Grand Hotel……..made famous by his films I Vitelloni & Amarcord, amongst others.
Federico Fellini grew up in Rimini, Adriatic Riviera, which featured in several of his magical films. notably the ultra charming I Vitelloni (1953) and Amarcord (1973) the Grand Hotel became internationally celebrated due to featuring in several scenes filmed by Fellini. Fellini even had his favourite suite at The Grand Hotel. Rimini had many memories for Fellini, where he grew up. Paolo Somazzi the South American architect designed Rimini Grand Hotel, which opened in 1908. Some 17th century decor adds personality…over the top as Fellini liked it……. Now a National Monument. It is the only 5 star Hotel in Rimini and is popular having its own private golden beach going down to the beautiful Adriatic.
A company took over founded by the Chiacig Family from Udine. Janotta Family from Castione della Presolana Bergamo & the Bernardi Family from Rimini. The Rimini Grand hotel is now managed by the new Brand, Exclusive Hotels of Italy. 14-minute walk from Rimini train station and 8 km from Italia in miniature amusement park.
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Ancient Ariminum was founded in 268 BC and the arch of Augustus, built in 27 BC as a homage to the emperor, and the Tiberius Bridge on the Marecchia, a construction consisting of five Istria stone arches begun under Emperor Augustus and which Tiberius completed in 21, still pay testimony to its importance during Roman times.
Rimini became a municipality whilst under Byzantine domination during the XII century when new walls and monuments such as the Basilica of St. Agostino were erected. The enlightened lord Sigismondo Malatesta transformed the city into one of the most vibrant cultural centres of the peninsula by calling the greatest artists of the time to his court; some of these contributed to the most famous landmarks: the castle – a turreted fifteenth century fortress – and the temple. This latter masterpiece of Renaissance architecture houses extraordinary works, such as a fresco by Piero della Francesca in the cell of the Relics, a crucifix painted by Giotto and Vasari’s painting depicting St. Francis. With the fall of the Malatesta (XVI century), the town declined to a marginal role and remained under the influence of the Papal States until the unification of Italy.ART & CULTURE Courtesy ITALIA.it