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Borgo San Giuliano

Borgo San Giuliano

Today when people in Rimini talk about the Borgo, they usually intend San Giuliano borough, on the northern side of the Marecchia river, separated from the historic centre by the ancient Tiberius Bridge. Risen around the year one thousand, it was the ancient fishermen’s district. Today the houses here are very expensive although they are classical examples of ancient popular buildings, poor, of medieval origin, but perfectly restored with pastel coloured walls often painted with murals and with balconies full of flowers. An easy way to get into the borough is the little road Marecchia. It is a pleasure to walk around the little roads and squares in silence (it is a pedestrian area), in an atmosphere full of poetry. People say that the Borgo San Giuliano was Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina’s favourite place  in Rimini. 
Worth a visit is the church dedicated to Saint Giuliano, in Palladian style. In origin it was a Benedictine abbatial complex (IX century) and was erected on the vestiges of a pagan temple. Inside the church it is possible to admire a beautiful painting by Paolo Veronese, the martyrdom of Saint Giuliano, on the main altar. Underneath the large canvas there is a marble Roman sarcophagus containing the relics of the young saint coming from Istria and tortured by the pro-consul Marciano. The tradition says that the sarcophagus ran aground on the beach in Rimini, coming from Dalmatia. Since then in that very point a miracle source has been gushing fresh water: the so-called Sacramora, the sacred house.
The Borgo San Giuliano has always been jealous of its historic and cultural heritage and its inhabitants are proud to be called “borghigiani”. Every two years in the month of September they hold a feast known as the Festa de’ Borg to celebrate a specific theme and relive the events and characters that have marked history in this corner of Rimini and in the entire city.

Borgo San Giuliano