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Little remains of the castle built by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta in 1437; today's visitor will see only a small part of the great fortification on the Piazza Malatesta, but the construction still has its large square towers and solid walls. The original plans were that the castle should look like a fort dominated by a large keep and surrounded by a deep dyke with drawbridges. It served as a prison under the rule of the papacy, then again during the bombardments of the last war.
Piazza Cavour is the center of daily life for people who live in Rimini. There are shops and cafès on one side and the other side is flanked by solemn palazzi. At one end of the piazza, you can see the majestic Neo-Classical Teatro Comunale, inaugurated by Giuseppe Verdi in 1857. The old fish market is on the left hand side of the piazza; it houses an enormous marble table, which was used to sell the fish. Nowadays, it is used as a display area for artists or market sellers.
As you walk down the Via Tempio Malatestiano from Via Gambalunga in the direction of Via IV Novembre, you pass, on the right, what seems to be the thick outer walls of some old palace. Follow the curious white sign to Il Giardino degli Aromi, a delicious and charming spot hidden between the houses and palaces. The summer garden has flower beds in very bright colors with even stronger scents, enriched by benches scattered here and there among the flowering shrubs and bushes. Relax, read a book, exchange sweet nothings with your lover, or just enjoy an ice cream.
Aquafan, the largest waterpark in Europe, is open from June to mid-September. Find it on a hilly area behind the motorway tollbooth of the A14 Bologna-Ancona and Rimini airport. Aquafan is safe, fun entertainment and is constantly renewed and updated. Water attractions include the Elephant pool, Baby Lagoon, the Enchanted Hill, Baby Antarctic Beach, the Children's theatre, Poseidon whirlpool, Surfing Hill, River Run, Kamikaze, Twist, White water rapids, Extreme River and a wave pool. Here everything is possible: you can swim at night and go to the Walky Cup disco during the day.