The Civic Museum

 

in short

Though being the heir to collections which began to be assembled in the 19th century, the Civic Museum actually only came into being in 1981, thanks to a project, which, once completed, will bring together items dating from prehistoric to contemporary times.
Museo della Città
© Comune di Rimini
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The Civic Museum

in detail


The building that today houses the Museum, adjacent the church built by Jesuits between 1719 and 1740 in honor of St. Francis Xavier, was arisen between 1746 and 1755 on project of architect Alfonso Torregiani (1682-1764) as "college" of the Jesuits.

The planimetric shape of the complex design follows a typical Jesuit architecture: a body shaped like a U on the side of the church, with a corridor that runs on three internal sides  allowing access to all rooms.

In 1773, with the abolition of the Jesuits order, the "College" went to the Episcopal seminary  that was sold in 1796 to Dominicans: also this order was revoked a few months later.

From 1797 to 1977 was used as a hospital, first military and then civil, suffering many functional transformations.

The bombing of the last war has seriously damaged the entire structure. The restoration, conducted by the architect Pier Luigi Foschi, has again led to the suggestion of the ancient spaces, today used in exhibition halls of the Museum of the city.
Castle Sismondo
The Castle is located in Piazza Malatesta and is one of the city's most important monuments. Unfortunately, what remains today is but a fraction of what was once a majestic fortified palace commissioned and designed by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta as a manifestation of his power and prestige.

The palace was located in an area that was strategically important to the city's defense - the walls surrounding the Roman city passed here.
The fortified residence of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, Rimini's ruler from 1432 to 1468, combined a celebration of his prowess with defensive needs. Its sheer size and the demolition of the buildings between the castle and the civic square accentuated its dominion over the city's religious and political powers.

The imposing fortress had massive towers and an outer wall with escarpments and a broad moat, and the keep was finished in white plasterwork so as to stand out against the red of the gatehouse. The defensive system, for which Filippo Brunelleschi acted as a consultant, also featured cannons.

As was confirmed during restoration, the castle incorporated the remains of the Roman walls and towers, the mediaeval Gattolo Gate and several Malatesta houses. Sigismondo, as seen from the inscription over the main gate, claimed instead that he had built the entire castle himself. Work started in 1437 and lasted some 15 years, even though the castle was lived in from 1446 onwards.

Today only the original nucleus of the castle shown in medals of Sigismondo and in Piero della Francesca's fresco in the Malatesta Temple remains. The main gate is still however surmounted by the Malatesta arms, showing an elephant and a rose against a chequered background.

After passing into the hands of the Papal State, from the 17th century onwards the castle was altered several times. The outer walls were demolished, the moat was filled in and the furnishings were removed. It was used as a prison from the 19th century until 1967, but in the 1970's work started on a complex restoration project prepared by Carla Tomasini Pietramellara.

Admission
Da 2,50 a 5 euro
The Surgeon's House
The Surgeon’s House was unearthed during excavations in Piazza Ferrari. It is internationally famous for its unrivalled sets of Roman surgical instruments and equipment for the preparation of medicine
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Visitor entrance

City Museum
Via Tonini, 1
47900 Rimini
Italy
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Opening Times

Sun
17:00 - 23:00
Mon
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Tue
10:00 - 23:00
Wed
14:00 - 23:00
Thu
10:00 - 23:00
Fri
14:00 - 23:00
Sat
14:00 - 23:00
Please note: There is a midday break from 12:30 to 14:00.

Visitor entrance

Castle Sismondo
Piazza Malatesta
47900 Rimini
Italy
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Apertura per scolaresche all'interno di percorsi sulla storia malatestiana

Visitor entrance

The Surgeon's House
Piazza Ferrari
47900 Rimini
Italy
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Opening Times

Sun
17:00 - 23:00
Mon
-
Tue
10:00 - 23:00
Wed
14:00 - 23:00
Thu
10:00 - 23:00
Fri
14:00 - 23:00
Sat
14:00 - 23:00
chiuso 12:30 - 14:00 | Closed during lunch break (12:30 - 14:00)

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