Arch of Augustus (Rimini)
Latest update: 26 February 2022
The Arch of Augustus in Rimini was built in 27 BC, making it the oldest surviving triumphal arch of its kind in Italy.
It once marked the end of the Via Emilia which like all roads at the time, led to Rome. It now signals the entry point into the centro storico of the seaside resort of Rimini. In a city that's famous for its beaches, the Arch and the historic centre offer a nice contrast.
Historians will note the dovetail battlements at the top of the arch; they were added much later, during the medieval period and signal the town's allegiance to the Ghibelline (Holy Roman Empire) faction in its long war against the Guelphs (in support of the Pope).