Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta was the last and the most notable figure of the Malatesta family. He achieved much for the historic trajectory of Rimini, and, in order to display his power and prestige, he commissioned the building of a castle of unparalleled grandeur in 1438. The story goes the design was conceived by Sigismondo itself, though this is a less substantiated hypothesis.

The construction works completed somewhere in the 1450s, and they resulted in the most magnificent and imposing architectural structure in Rimini. Indeed, what stands at present under the name of Rocca Malatestiana is but a mere trace of what the castle used to look like back then. For instance, the moat surrounding the castle, its six tall towers, as well as part of the exterior walls did not manage to survive the historic circumstances, not to mention the richness of the interior rooms where Sigismondo used to live: all these are now lost. Only indirect sources (graphic descriptions or literary sources) allow us to piece out the splendor the Sismondo Castle.

The castle is located in the center of Rimini, overlooking Piazza Malatesta. It is home to numerous cultural and social performances and events.

Rocca Malatestiana (Castel Sismondo)
Piazza Malatesta, 47900, Rimini, Italy