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Where?

Rimini, Italy.

Why now?

An emblematic Italian beach resort, Rimini is always buzzing, but mainly with a local crowd. It’s set on the Adriatic in Italy’s northern region of Emilia-Romagna, making it an easy reach for those visiting Florence and Bologna.

While a big party destination, Rimini is also a cultural goldmine. Chock-full of Roman ruins and renaissance palazzos, it’s a city that’s as fit for a hen party as it is for a more historical itinerary. The area’s swathes of golden beach are lined with pastel rows of umbrellas, so shimmy into a chaise lounge between exploring on foot and hitting one of Rimini’s extravagant nightclubs for an afternoon Aperol spritzes.

Don’t miss

For a morning escapade before you’ve been out three nights in a row, venture to Santarcangelo di Romagna, one of Italy’s most picturesque hill towns just outside Rimini’s city centre. Make sure to bring a bikini so you can head straight to the beach when the sun starts creeping up around midday. Linger in the shallow water and make a dent in your book (aka nod off for a few hours in the late-afternoon sun) before making your way to one of the hundreds of beach bars in Rimini for sundowners.

While most days are spent between pounding the pavement, sunbathing and prancing across the dance floor, Rimini has a more artistic side too. Cinema lovers must visit the Federico Fellini Museum, entirely devoted to the mastermind behind La Dolce Vita.

Who to bring with you

Your favourite party pal.

When to go

Revellers can head here all summer long to make the most of the seashore packed with beach clubs – 5 July is particularly important to keep in mind, as it is La Notte Rosa (The Pink Night), when the entire coastline is illuminated in rosy hues throughout hours of partying. For more low-key exploration of the city and surrounding hill towns, early autumn is best.

Most likely to bump into

Florentine families escaping the city heat.

Essentials to bring with you

Bohemian kaftans that can take you from sun lounger to beach bar cocktails in a second.

How to get there

Hop on the brand-new Ryanair from London Stansted into Rimini.

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