Rimini museums

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The capitals gallery

Galleria dei capitelli
Picture by Gilberto Urbinati

The origin of many of the exhibited fragments, which were recovered from the old Museum, are unknown. The sumptuous and often refined, dignified classicism suggests they might come from rich and solemn palaces and chapels. These buildings’ existence is effectively proven by documents, thought they have all been destroyed. During the 16th century, the town underwent a sensible “renewal”. They settled its main places (nowadays Piazza Tre Martiri and Piazza Cavour); they built public buildings  (the Town Hall and the Clock Tower), and Palaces (Palazzo Marcheselli, now Lettimi, Palazzo Monticoli, now Briolini); they founded or restored some churches (La Colonnella, San Giuliano, San Marino, Santa Colomba), they traced new roads (Via Castelfidardo and Via Saffi).