The first Grand Prix event to take place at Misano was in 1980 and the venue has become a permenent fixture on the MotoGP calendar since 2007, after it was completely revised and remodeled. The San Marino Grand Prix was first held at Imola in 1981, has also taken place at Mugello and is now hosted by Misano as the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Misano sits around 20km South East of Rimini along the Adriatic Coast and around 30km from the inland enclave of San Marino. The local area has produced some great riders. The late Marco Simoncelli was from the nearby town of Cattolica, and Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Melandri all grew up in the region as well.Located roughly 25km southwest of Rimini, the Republic of San Marino is said to be the world’s oldest constitutional republic, having been founded in 300 AD. The heart of San Marino narrates the history of a land for thousands of years suspended between earth and sky, a history packed with emotions that still continues to sustain and nurture the country’s inhabitants and traditions. Today, the UNESCO has proclaimed this history a Heritage of the World, just waiting to be discovered. San Marino is visited by many an intrigued tourist each year - wanting to discover the secrets of this ancient, tiny hilltop republic. San Marino’s waxworks museum, its restored medieval-style citadel, the surprising 1960s Giovanni Michelucci church and the rocce castles along the elevated ridges of the Città di San Marino are all worth checking out. Part of the Apennine mountain range, San Marino’s highest point is Monte Titano, providing great views of the beautiful surrounding area. The nearby Riviera Di Rimini in Italy’s fantastic northern Emilia-Romagna region is a big draw for those visiting from abroad. Rimini evokes thoughts of summer fun. Picture yourself enjoying an Italian ice cream strolling along a beachside promenade or partying until the sun comes up and then doing it all over again the next night. This is a place for long, lazy days lounging in the sun on the beach and laid back lunches in the local pizzeria. If you want a break from the beach then head inland to some of the province’s many pretty villages, such as Santarcangelo di Romagna or San Leo, which are amongst the most picturesque in Italy.