If northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna Region has a center of fun, it's Rimini. Situated on the Adriatic Sea coast, Rimini attracts four million tourists a year (many of them Germans and northern Europeans) to its white sand beaches and hopping nightlife scene.
Rimini revelers often tend to overlook the city's historic center. Founded as a Roman military base in the third century B.C., Rimini's old town features an Augustian arch and the stone Tiberius Bridge -- two of Italy's oldest Roman monuments. Much of the city's ancient architecture was destroyed during World War II, making way for the beach culture development that is Rimini's modern legacy.
Still, for visitors with more than partying on their minds, Rimini's Tempio Malatestiano is a must see. Designed by Florentine Master architect Leon Battista Alberti, it has been likened to a temple of love.
Not all people in Rimini are holiday transients, as the city is home to 130,000 residents. Rimini is closely linked to Riccione, another resort town a few miles to the south. For its beautiful gardens, Riccione is known as the green pearl of the Adriatic.