San Marino is visited by many an intrigued tourist each year - wanting to discover the secrets of this ancient, tiny hilltop republic.
San Marino’s waxworks museum, its restored medieval-style citadel, the surprising 1960s Giovanni Michelucci church and the rocce castles along the elevated ridges of the Città di San Marino are all worth checking out.
As for Rimini city, it has a population of 150,000 and has plenty of life all year round, with a huge amount of cultural heritage, in addition to being the focal point of this summer holiday hotspot.
Indeed, Rimini’s tourist office sets out a ‘Roman Itinerary’ of sites to be visited (The Amphitheatre, Tiberius Bridge and Augustus Arch for example), before setting out a Medieval Itinerary, Renaissance Itinerary and even a Fellini Itinerary for fans of the late, great Italian film director Federico Fellini, who was a Rimini native.
However, if you only want to lounge on the sand or drink cocktails and enjoy great Italian food by the beach you can do just that, and you will be spoiled for choice up and down the Riviera.
If you want a break from the beach then head inland to some of the province’s many pretty villages, such as Santarcangelo di Romagna or San Leo, which are amongst the most picturesque in Italy.