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The City Museum and the Surgeon's Domus

Museo della città and domus del chirurgo

In Via L. Tonini, 1, next to the Chiesa del Suffragio, an eighteenth century Jesuit college (for info tel. 0541.21482), houses the City Museum that gathers together Rimini’s past. It is a mine of wonder and curiosity. There are small tokens that were used as the Amphitheatre tickets, statuettes of gladiators, hoards of coins from the Roman period, magnificent mosaics, amphorae and bricks from the clay kilns opened by the first entrepreneurs from Rimini.

The Museum’s Archaeological Section presents all the stages of civilization up to Roman times and Late Antiquity. Dedicated to Imperial Rimini of the second and third centuries, particular emphasis is given to the Domus of Palazzo Diotallevi, famous for the mosaic of the boats, and the Surgeon's Domus in Piazza Ferrari, known for its vast array of doctor-surgeon instrumentation; a small Pompeii resurfaced from the darkness of centuries in the historic heart of Rimini. An archaeological area of 700 square metres opens up to the visitor's eyes, which yielded the tools of a surgeon who had operated within the third century Ariminum house, which had been destined in part for practising the medical and pharmaceutical profession. The structure is part of the urban space integrated into the garden of Piazza Ferrari: inside there is a transparent walkways system, suspended on the ancient structures, it allows for lively reading. Chance would have it that the Domus lies right next to the Museum, which is an integral part complementing the route.

Continuing the route through the City Museum, you can admire the works of the Art Gallery, with paintings, sculptures and ceramics, tapestries and jewelery, the imposing fresco of the Last Judgment from the church of Sant'Agostino, the masterpieces of the fourteenth century School of Rimini, the refined Crucifix by Giovanni da Rimini and the precious polyptych by Giuliano da Rimini, pottery and jars decorated with Malatesta coats of arms, precious canvases of the golden age of the Malatesta commissioned from well-known artists such as Giovanni Bellini, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Agostino di Duccio, Pisanello and Matteo de 'Pasti, Guido Cagnacci, il Centino, il Guercino and Simone Cantarini.
The inner courtyard houses the Lapidary with a large collection of Roman inscriptions from the first century. B.C. to A.D. IV.

The creativity of the 1900s dominates in the section dedicated to René Gruau, a legend in global graphics and the hall of the "Book of Dreams" by Federico Fellini.

 

Museo della Città