Forlì-Cesena (Forlì 15 km)
Where it is
Between the Romagna Apennines and the sea, about 15 km from the Adriatic Riviera of Rimini and about 30 km from Ravenna, is Cesena, a beautiful Malatestian town.
One of the most important artistic points of interest in Romagna, Cesena is a must for good food and wine lovers. The lordship of the Malatesta family brought Cesena to the apex of its culture and history, with some architectural and artistic treasures that can still be visited today.
Cesena’s important international position in the agri-food sector and its culinary traditions place the town among the most important destinations of the Romagna hinterland.
Where to visit and what to see
Cesena is an interesting destination all year round. Among its treasures is the Malatestian Library
, one of the most important examples of an Italian fifteenth century library. The reason why the library is so precious is that it has remained completely unchanged, as it was five centuries ago. Due to its extraordinary heritage, it was included in the Unesco “Memory of the World” list.
The Malatesta Family also built the fortress of Cesena, one on the most impressive of Romagna. It can be seen from its bastions, with its two buildings: the "Male" and the "Female" towers. The latter hosts the Museum of Agricultural History which offers visitors an insight into the rural areas of Romagna over the years. The walkways inside the walls are also extremely mysterious and charming.
If you visit Cesena, you can’t miss a walk in the lively streets of the old town, from Piazza del Popolo to Palazzo del Ridotto, with the bronze statue of pope Pius VI, from the Cathedral of S. Giovanni Battista, with the chapel of Madonna del Popolo and the Museum of Sacred Art, and the “Alessandro Bonci” theatre
, a true neoclassical jewel. The culture offered is complemented by the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Municipal Art Gallery (hosting the precious painting of "Madonna della Pera" by Paolo Veneziano), the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Centuriation.
On a hill, visible from everywhere in the town, is the Abbazia of Santa Maria del Monte
about a thousand years old. The Abbey is famous for its internationally known collection of "ex-voto" (wooden votive tablets), some of which were painted more than five centuries ago, and for the impressive dome painted by Giuseppe Milani. The Abbey also hosts some important and precious paintings and a laboratory for the restoration of ancient books.
You cannot leave Cesena without having bought a typical terra cotta pan in Montetiffi (aout 25 km) used to cook the "piadina", (flat bread), the iconic Romagna streef food, nor without visiting "Musicalia", the interesting and peculiar museum entirely dedicated to mechanical music, hosted by Villa Silvia-Carducci, located in Lizzano di Cesena, on the beautiful hills beetween Cesena and Bertinoro, residence of the Nobel laureate poet Giosuè Carducci.
On the table
The culinary traditions of the area are very varied, influences range from the Tuscan Apennine ridge to the flavours of the coast. Always present on the table are piadina which you can also taste in the typical kiosks, and wines, from the famous red Sangiovese, which fits perfectly with soup and meat, to the white Albana and Trebbiano. Cesena is also included in the “The Wine and Dine Route through the Hills of Forlì and Cesena”
Do not miss the biennial International Street Food Festival; the gastronomic event "Cesena Food"; the exhibition of "San Giovanni" patron saint of the city; the International Festival of Mechanical Music that takes place in Longiano in the second weekend of September. There is also the packed schedule in the outdoor locations, the renowned winter theatre Alessandro Bonci and the International horseracing at the Hippodrome of Savio.
Visiting Cesena also means discovering a whole area where, along with its bathing areas and spas, has great historic villages and small towns such as Longiano
(km 15), Bertinoro
(km 10), Formlipopoli (km 12), Sarsina
(km 30), Monteleone
(km 15) and Roncofreddo
(km 20). These are places full of examples of ancient artistic and cultural heritage, in addition to a famous production of food and wine, of course.
Piazza del Popolo, 9
47023 Cesena (FC)
Tel. ++39 0547-356327
Fax ++39 0547-356393
Opening: Open troughout the year
More about services and schedule of the info centres in the Local website
How to reach
Coming from the north, take the highway A14, take exit “Cesena”, go straight on Via Cervese SS 71bis up to the centre of the town ; otherwise take the exit “Cesena Nord”and go straight on to the centre. Coming from Rome, take SS 45, called E45, up to Cesena.
Last update: 21/07/2015