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Marina Centro

Rimini Grand Hotel

It’s the soul of Rimini, the central area of the beach promenade.
Marina Centro was officially born in 1843. During that Summer some entrepreneurs, the Counts Baldini and the doctor Claudio Tintori, opened the first bathing estabilishment. Summer after summer, more and more visitors, middle class families, began to spend several weeks in Rimini, so that in 1869 Rimini Municipality decided to give more value to the beach a real economic resource. The Municipality acquired the control of the Tintori – Baldini estabilishment  and asked the famous doctor and physiologist, specialized I talassotherapy, Paolo Mantegazza, to realize a new great bathing estabilishment.
Rimini became the resort where the health care of sea bathing joined entertainment. Instead of sandy hills and marsh-land, a new town appeared: elegant, with little villas in Liberty style and green alleys. Since then people carried on coming to Rimini not only for health care, but above all for relax, amusement and happiness. Following this path the bathing estabilishment of Rimini became the first in the whole Italy. The first horse-drawn carriage service was first inaugurated in 1845; the service connected the town centre to the beach riding along the avenue Principe Amedeo, which is still existent today with buildings dating back to the end of the XIX century. In 1872 the famous Kursaal was built and with its waltz and Charleston music under the stars. By this time Rimini had become a fashionable place full of glamour.

Visitors should see Marina Centro at two different time in the day: early in the morning when life sets up again and the chic guests of the Grand Hotel walk towards the beach; and at sunset when the fishing boats come back to the old pier followed by flock of seagulls. The best place to wait for them is the so-called “palata”, that is the old pier at the end of viale Tintori, a walkway of 200mt along the beach. It’s a place for meditation, surrounded by water from all sides. At each time of the year it is possible to meet local inhabitants walking around for a moment of relax alone or with company. And it is just here that Federico Fellini imagined the appearance of the famous transatlantic Rex in the night-time.