Italy: Rimini

Rimini is usually associated with packed beaches and waterfront hotels, but the old town is actually packed with historical attraction. Rimini was founded as Roman Ariminium back 268 BC, standing on the major trade route crossing and also being a port. In the medieval times, Rimini was a small sovereign kingdom rules by Malatesta family. The well-preserves Roman triumphal arch – Arch of Augustus – is one of the largest in Italy. Another attraction is the spectacular Tempio Malatestana, built in the 13th century but inspired by the Roman arch and continuing with the themes – richly frescoes and decorated in and out. Via Flaminia runs through the heart of old town with several more churches and historical buildings with beautiful architecture. A lot to see if you skip the lame and packed beaches.