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The Arco di Augusto (Arch of Augusto) in the vibrant seaside town of Rimini serves as a remarkable grasp to the country’s Roman past. Standing as a gateway to the city since its creation in 27 BC, it is not just Italy’s oldest surviving Roman triumphal arch, but also one of the most preserved. This travel guide illuminates your journey to this splendid monument, insuring you experience every bit of its ancient charm and history.

Getting There:

Located at the heart of Rimini, on the east coast of Italy, the town is well-connected to most Italian cities via train and bus. The arch lies in the eastern part of the city, an easy stroll from Rimini’s central station. The Federico Fellini International Airport in Miramare offers direct connections to other European cities and is 15 minutes from the city center.

The Monument:

At first glance, you can observe the simplicity and sophistication of the structure – it is unadorned yet majestic, standing tall with white travertine stone. The Arco di Augusto was originally built along the Via Flaminia, connecting the city to the ancient Roman Empire. It was dedicated to the emperor Augustus by the Senate in Rome. The arch, a pentagonal structure, has a large central gate used by vehicles and two smaller side passages for pedestrians.

What to See:

The city-facing side of the arch displays the inscription of the emperor’s name and titles, while the topside originally held a statue of Augustus that was later removed. You will notice a significant symbol of ancient Rome on the city side of the arch: a carving of the god Jupiter riding a four-horse chariot, a symbol of Roman strength and superiority.

Nearby Attractions:

Don’t forget to explore the nearby attractions after visiting the arch. The city is rich in ancient monuments like the Rimini Bridge, also known as the Tiberius Bridge, another testament of Roman engineering. The old town offers numerous cathedrals and piazzas for you to meander through, soaking up the ambiance of the historic city.

If you are into arts and culture, make sure to visit the City Museum and the Fellini Museum. After a day of exploring, have a gelato by the beach or enjoy a delicious Riminese meal in one of the local trattorias.

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