Tempio Malatestiano : Michelin's recommendations
Rimini's reputation owes a great deal to the Malatesta family, which seized power in the 13C. These Italian governors ruled the city with a rod of iron whilst living off families that resolved issues through blood-shed, (Dante spoke of Paolo Malatesta's love affairs with his sister-in-law Francesca da Rimini, affairs which the scorned husband Gianni, dealt with in rash fashion) and whilst attracting artists to their nice town. The Leader of the dynasty was Sigismond I who transformed the church, built by the Franciscans in the 13C, and whose family had his mausoleum built by the Florentine architect Leon Battista Alberti. The architect set to work in 1447 and turned the sanctuary into a temple honoring Sigismond and his wife Isotta, which drew inspiration from classical tradition in addition to the neighboring Augustus arch. Inside, the late Gothic style allegorical decoration, gracefully sculpted by Agostino di Duccio, is exquisite. Sigismond is buried behind the façade and Isotta rests in a tomb supported by elephants (his wife adored these charming animals). You must see in the hall of reliquaries the famous painting by Piero della Francesca depicting Sigismond Malatesta coming before saint Sigismond. See the Giotto Crucifix behind the altar.
- Address : v. empio I - 47900 Rimini47900Rimini