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A port and resort in NE Italy, in Emilia-Romagna on the N Adriatic coast. Population: 129 598 (1996 est.). Ancient name: Ariminum.

Summary Article: Rimini from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
Industrial port and holiday resort in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the Marecchia River, 45 km/28 mi southeast of Forli; population (2001) 128,700. Pasta, footwear, textiles, and furniture are manufactured. In the Roman era it was the terminus of the Flaminian Way from Rome. In World War II it formed the eastern strongpoint of the German "Gothic" defence line and was badly damaged in the severe fighting in September 1944, when it was taken by the Allies. Early history Originally Umbrian, Rimini was taken by the Etruscans and the Senones. In 286 BC it became a Roman colony. Under the Romans it became an important port, and was at the junction of the Flaminian Way, the Aemilian Way, and the Popilian Way (to Venice). It was then claimed successively by the Byzantines, the Goths, the Lombards, and the Franks. In 1239 it came under the rule of the Malatesta family, who held it for three centuries. In 1503...    Continue Reading

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