To the discovery of Fellini's Rimini

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On foot or by bike, to discover Rimini from different prospectives: there’s the Roman Rimini, the Medieval and Renaissance Rimini, the Beachside Rimini, and even Fellini’s Rimini. Indeed, it’s no secret that Federico Fellini’s films were mostly based on his childhood and adolescent memories in Rimini. 

Today, we can get to know the city, by following a path that leads visitors to the evocative places of film sets or places that were important in the life and creative universe of this great Master of Cinema, Federico Fellini, who was born in Rimini.

The path unfolds onto three routes, each one representing one aspect of Fellini’s life: the City of Memory, the City of Dreams, and the City of Cinema

  • The City of Memory belongs to Fellini’s childhood and youth. The Director was born in Rimini in 1920, and stayed here until 1939, when he moved to Rome. In Rimini, you can see the places he grew up in, from houses (via Dardanelli, Corso d’Augusto, via Gambalunga and via Dante), to schools (from the elementary school in via Brighenti, to the secondary school in via Tempio Malatestiano 9), and also streets and squares that were the background of some of Amarcord’s famous sequences.
  • The City of Dreams is the one that Fellini transformed, through his films, into a mythical dimension, a region of the soul. The most magical places in Rimini are the Palata, the dock on the ancient port, captured both in I Vitelloni and in Amarcord, and the Grand Hotel, symbol of the Belle Époque and of young Federico’s forbidden desires. Last but not least, the Cinema Fulgor, where Fellini saw his first film, Maciste all’inferno, and discovered the magic of the seventh art. Today, the movie theatre has reopened to the public, with the set design by the three-time Academy Award winner, Dante Ferretti.
  • The City of Cinema Just like everything, in Fellini’s cinema, is an evocation of Rimini, everything, in Rimini, is an evocation of Fellini's cinema. Starting from Borgo San Giuliano with its murales depicting characters and scenes from Fellini's most popular films. And Fellinia, the huge camera on Marina Centro’s Rotonda, or the Anello ritrovato, the art piece by Mauro Staccioli, in Piazzetta Zavagli. However, since the end of 2021, Fellini's cinema is mainly evoked by the Fellini Museum, which deserves an in-depth visit, between Castel Sismondo, Palazzo del Fulgor and Piazza Malatesta.

To know more, here is a complete map of the Fellini Route.

If you stay a couple of days, you can divide the route in 48 hours, and perhaps add a breakfast at the Grand Hotel or a film in the mythical Cinema Fulgor
You can follow the route by yourself, following the map attached, or with the guided visits by VisitRimini, like the Fellini Bike Tour.
Every first Friday and Sunday of the month, at 5 P.M., there is a guided tour of the Fellini Museum

  • Length
    24 hours
  • Interests
    Art & Culture
  • Target
  • First stop - Fellini's house Rimini Marina Centro

    Fellini was born at home, on 20 January 1920. Today, the house number has changed.

  • Second stop - Grand Hotel, Palata and Fellinia Rimini Marina Centro

    The Grand Hotel is perhaps the most iconic place of the Fellini Route. Its sinuous and lavish shapes attracted young Fellini, who was always influenced by it. However, the Grand Hotel was not just an inspiration, but also a place of return for the Master, who stayed here, in the famous Suite 315, when he was in Rimini. 
    Dedicated to Fellini, there is the big ‘camera’ on Parco Fellini’s Rotonda, which, since 1948, has become one of the symbols of tourist Rimini.
    Just a short distance away, you can walk to Rimini’s dock, symbol of I Vitelloni, and also the stage of Scurèza and Corpolò’s motorcycle raids, and the place where the boats to watch the Rex passage set off, in Amarcord.

  • Third stop - Historic Centre Rimini

    Piazza Cavour is the square rebuilt in Cinecittà and recognizable in some of the most famous sequences of Amarcord, such as the one of the peacock on the Pigna fountain.

  • Fourth stop - Cinema Fulgor Rimini

    The place where Fellini’s passion for celluloid was born. Here, in this tiny Movie Theatre on the city’s Corso, Federico Fellini, six years old, saw his first film, with his father. A true epiphany for the Director. Since 2018, after being closed for many years, the Fulgor once again screens its magic, thanks to a renovation curated by Master and Academy Award Winner Dante Ferretti, who gave the halls an unusual, fascinating and disorienting set-up. 

  • Fifth stop - Fellini Museum Rimini

    In 2021, Rimini opened a new space dedicated to the Genius of Cinema and his art. The Fellini Museum is a widespread museum complex, developed along three areas: Palazzo del Fulgor, Piazza Malatesta and Castel Sismondo. An immersive journey into Fellini’s life and works, with museum installations at Castel Sismondo, and multimedia contributions at Palazzo Valloni (which also houses Cinema Fulgor), held together by the “Square of Dreams”, inspired by some of the most evocative images of the Master’s films.

  • Sixth stop - Borgo San Giuliano Rimini

    The ancient fishermen hamlet that Fellini loved, with its low and colourful houses, decorated by Murales dedicated to the Master and his work. A place where you can stroll among peasant memories and Fellini’s atmospheres, surrounded by the scenes and characters of his most popular films.

  • Seventh stop - Monument Rimini

    You can bid a last goodbye to the Master at Rimini’s Cimitero Monumentale, where, at the main entrance, you will find La Grande Prua, the monument by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro in memory of Fellini, his wife Giulietta Masina and their son Pier Federico.

Last update 30/12/2022

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