Not just the sea, umbrellas and discos: discovering Rimini through art and design

From the redevelopment of the San Giuliano district to the recent inauguration of the Fellini Museum - a museum spread over three key locations in the city - Rimini is experiencing interesting years, marked by new works architectural, renovations and artistic installations . Let's start with the numbers: in ten years, from 2011 to 2021, 465 million euros were invested in public works.

The real cultural challenge of Rimini was, therefore, to organize and network, by 2021, an unprecedented heritage of redeveloped places capable of attracting hundreds of thousands of new travelers to the city and, at the same time, redesigning the 'skyline' of collective identity, restoring cultural spaces to the community and its guests. It is through a path of architecture, art and design, therefore, that we lead you to the discovery of a “mended” Rimini, where the consolidated sea / center fracture has been taken into consideration and treated.

Piazza sull'Acqua and the Tiberius Bridge

The Tiberius Bridge, a structure made of Istrian stone starting from 14 BC. and starting point of the Via Emilia, in 2017 it becomes the protagonist of the redevelopment of the area through the new Piazza sull'Acqua, an area of about 6,500 square meters that acts as a hinge between important places in the city: the historic center, Borgo San Giuliano and the entrance to the Marecchia city park. The intervention involved the construction of a floating walkway about 36 m long that connects the right and left quays of the canal, eliminating all sorts of architectural barriers.

Borgo San Giuliano

The ancient district of fishermen, sailors and artisans, born in the year 1000, thanks to the urban interventions carried out around the Tiberius Bridge, today has regained vitality lost in the 80s, when it was thought, even, to tear it down in favor of yet another residential neighborhood. Thanks to the protest of the inhabitants, the Festa de Borg was born with the aim of letting everyone know the uniqueness of the place. The party was a concrete stimulus able to attract the attention of the municipality and save the neighborhood: many houses with a medieval flavor were restored and murals, made by various "street artists", inspired by characters appeared on the pastel-colored facades del borgo and the films of Maestro Fellini.

Fellini Museum

On 12 December 2021 the third headquarters of the Fellini Museum was inaugurated, a widespread museum that spread over three historic areas of Rimini: Castel Sismondo, Palazzo del Fulgor and Piazza Malatesta. In the Castel Sismondo site, opened in August 2021, or the fifteenth-century fortress to whose project Filippo Brunelleschi contributed, the visitor immerses himself in a path that activates sensations such as amazement, imagination and fun, following the spirit of Fellini's cinema .

The Fellini Museum is curated by director Marco Bertozzi together with Anna Villari: the Municipality of Rimini then entrusted Studio Azzurro with the artistic direction and conception of the immersive multimedia project, to the architect Orazio Carpenzano and Studio Tommaso Pallaria the architectural project and the entire layout of Castel Sismondo and Palazzo del Fulgor. The latter is the eighteenth-century building that on the ground floor houses the legendary Fulgor cinema, frequented by Fellini since childhood and, later, immortalized in Amarcord.

Finally, the outdoor space of the Fellini Museum is Piazza Malatesta, an open-air set in which Fellini's dreams are projected outside and invade the historic center with installations and installations that connect classicism and contemporaneity.

Part Museum

The PART - Rimini Art Palaces - opens in September 2020 and offers a website which unites two medieval buildings in the heart of the city, both overlooking Piazza Cavour: Palazzo dell'Arengo and Palazzo del Podestà. It is here that today you can visit the Collection of the San Patrignano Foundation, formed by the collection of works donated by important contemporary artists and curated, since 2017, by Clarice Pecori Giraldi.

The restoration and functional readjustment of the buildings were carried out by Studio AR.CH.IT led by Luca Cipelletti, who also designed the staging and staging of the San Patrignano Collection.

208, by Gio Tirotto

208 is the number of nations in the world and 208 is the name chosen for the light installation created by Gio Tirotto, curated by Maria Cristina Didero, on the surface of the Piazza dell'Acqua near the Tiberius Bridge. 208 , finally, the number of luminous buoys that float on the water and which, starting from sunset, begin their light and suggestive luminous dance.

"The goal of each of my projects is the construction of a message, which can be ethical, political or ironic. It doesn't matter which one, but it must never be missing. I believe that the designer is like a bridge, which combines the idea with the final message, a bridge made of form, details and function", says Gio Tirotto.

Demo Hotel

The Demo Hotel, opened last summer a few steps from the sea, was physically born < strong> from the renovation of an abandoned pension for years and conceptually from a visionary idea of ​​Mauro Santinato, president of Teamwork Hospitality. We had started talking about it here anticipating the unique (and repeatable) concept that characterizes the entire project, that is to have entrusted the design of the spaces to 14 different architectural firms, asking each to freely interpret the spaces according to trends more current than hospitality.

We then tried it live and we can add that a stay at the Demo Hotel is a stay of discovery, where every detail of the common areas and the 9 suites is designed to surprise and excite.

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Opened in 2009, I-Suite kicked off a idea of hotel design that went beyond that of offering rooms furnished with 'designer' pieces.

The architects Giovanni Quadrelli, who oversaw the architectural project, and Simone Micheli, author of the interior architecture and the lighting design, invented large rooms (from 40 m2 upwards), with unexpected irregular volumes, all overlooking the sea, but above all all made to measure: there are no industrially produced pieces , including taps or soap dishes.

The guests of the 55 luxurious rooms also have at their disposal a panoramic swimming pool that opens outwards from the inside through a large window and the wellness center built on the upper floor.

Up Hotel

Up Hotel is not a hotel for tourists. Tourists no longer exist - says Fabrizio Fabbri, the creator of Up Hotel - There are citizens who want to experience local experiences in every corner of a world that has no borders ".

The breakfast available until 12 and open to the city and a common area created to meet the needs of today's young travelers (a social lounge where you can connect, work, get to know, relax) are the services that most others characterize the nature of the Up Hotel, born from a specific question: "What experience would I have if I were one of my guests?".

Up Hotel is one of the hotels in Rimini with the best online reputation and is also the first 'on demand' hotel in Italy, to keep in mind if you need to organize events and meetings of custom work. 25 rooms available, as well as two conference rooms for a total of 120 square meters.

Augusta Restaurant

After the star-studded historian Guido di Miramare and Il Mare di Guido at Fico Eataly World in Bologna, the group has opened Augusta, in the historic center of Rimini. The name is a tribute to Augusta Biotti, Guido's wife and the first cook of what began as a kiosk on the Adriatic coast and is now home to chef Raschi's starred cuisine. A atmosphere inspired by the interiors of the 1950s was chosen for Augusta and, just like a welcoming home, it is already open in the morning with the Bottega and cicchetti on the escort of a Venetian Baccaro.

Yume Ramen

Cristina Zanni, founder of the Odeon Design studio in Sant’Arcangelo di Romagna (RN), has formed several projects for public places on the Romagna coast. In Rimini, in particular, the latest works (2021) are the Non Tapas Bar and Il Pesce Innamorato, while in 2018 she inaugurated Yume Ramen.

All are distinguished by their young, simple, informal and elegant aesthetic at the same time. At Yume Ramen, in particular, the request was to create a place with Western appeal, but inspired by Eastern philosophy, where you can nourish body and spirit thanks to Ramen. "In our Ramen Bar people are invited to share their dream by writing it on a Yume.

In this way, the dreams of others become ours. Not only that: a place full of dreams, where you can think about your own, allow you to be inspired by that of others. By doing so, everyone's dreams echo each other, and they can receive the energy necessary for their realization".