The Palazzo Rimondi is situated in the heart of the medieval old town of Rethymnon, close to some of its most popular attractions such as the Fortezza (the Venetian fort), the Loggia, the Fountain Rimondi and the Church of St. Francis. Rethymnon lies on the north coast of Crete and has the longest sandy beach on the island (7 miles). It is 50 miles west of Heraklion and 37 miles east of Hania.
Rethymnon is a town rich in attractions and sights. The town still maintains its old aristocratic appearance, with its buildings dating from the 16th century, arched doorways, stone staircases, Byzantine and Hellenic-Roman remains, small Venetian harbour and narrow streets.
Attractions worth visiting include:
The Venetian Loggia, an elegant building built in the 16th century, that used to be a Venetian gentlemens's club and today houses the information office of the ministry of culture and a sales point of the archaeological museum.
The Fortezza castle, at the top of a low hill named "Palaiokastro" dominates the town. It was built in 1590 to protect the city from pirates and the Turks. The municipal theatre "Erofili" stands also at Fortezza's premises. It is an outdoor theatre that hosts almost all the performances during the Renaissance Festival.
Rimondi fountain, with its rich decoration is situated at Platanos square, the centre of the Venetian town. It was built in 1626 by A.Rimondi, in order to provide the citizens with drinking water.
The Archaeological museum of Rethymno (8am to 3pm, closed on Monday), just opposite the entrance of the fortress, exhibits objects from the Neolithic to the Roman period, found at the prefecture of Rethymno (mainly Eleftherna, Monastiraki and Armeni). Clay figurines, funerary coffers, grave offerings, statues, grave steles, red-figure vases, bronze vessels, jewellery and glass vases, are some of the objects on display.
The municipal gardens are ideal for those in search of shade and tranquillity.