Cesenatico Travel Guide

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Cesenatico Things to Do

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    Cesenatico’s old port is very much worth a visit. Leonardo da Vinci once designed the port in 1502 and it is said that his work was very effective to protect the port against sand filling. The nearby museum shows more about this all as well about the history of marine life. Next to the Marine Museum is the so-called Antiquarium which is dedicated to the Roman history of this region. The museums are open only on weekends and holidays, 10:00 – 12:00 and 15:00 – 19:00, entrance fee 2 €. So much reason to come back one day and spend a full day in these museums :-)

    But the best of Cesenatico’s port are the very colourful historic ships in the harbour. They are sitting there permanently and are even used during festivals for sailings. I walked around in the port with open mouth – first because these colours of the sails were so very much bright and strong and because I never saw ships (or sails) like these before. I was very tempted to go into the museum and learn more, but as I already had decided to come back to this area for more exploring in a separate trip. Cesenatico’s port and museum are even more reason to do so.

    Maritime Museum’s website is quite good, albeit in Italian only. But it gives a good overview about the several parts of port and museum.

    Much better is the English part of Cesenatico’s tourism website with details to opening hours and admission fees for Maritime Museum and Antiquarium.

    On the museum website they tell that during Christmas the ships are transformed into natiities with life size statues of the fishermen on the boats. This must be a gorgeous sight! Well, Italy is known for very creative and often life size nativity scenes.

    Cesenatico Old Port on Google Maps

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    The beautiful old ships, Cesenatico The beautiful old ships, Cesenatico The beautiful old ships, Cesenatico Maritime Museum, Cesenatico Old port, Cesenatico
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    by white_smallstar Updated May 11, 2012

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    A nice open-air museum of old ships
    According to the official web site, sorry only in Italian, opening times are:
    after April 25 >> every day from 10am to 12 and from 15 to 19
    after June 16 >> every day from 10am to 12 and from 17 to 23
    http://cms.delfo.fc.it/web/museo_marineria/orari_apertura

    Other info and pics here:
    http://www.sullacrestadellonda.it/musei/cesenatico_museo_marineria.htm

    Other info in English here:
    http://web.comune.cesenatico.fc.it/turismo/scheda_en.asp?id=84

    Picture from the Museum web site Picture from the Museum web site

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  • Cesenatico Hotels

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Cesenatico Hotels

  • Villa Maria

    Viale Carducci, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Executive

    Viale C. Abba, 90, Cesenatico, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Metropolitan

    Via Mantegna 26a, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Beau Soleil

    Via Mosca, 43, Zadina Pineta, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Prestigio

    Andrea Mantegna, 30, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Iride

    Lungomare Carducci, 314, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Grand Hotel Cesenatico

    Piazza Andrea Costa, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Hotel Gioiosa

    Viale Venezia 31, Cesenatico, 47042, Italy

    Good for: Couples

  • Hotel Sport & Residenza

    Via Pitagora 5, Cesenatico, 47042, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Cesenatico Restaurants

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    by PALLINA Written Mar 23, 2009

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    The Porto Canale of Cesenatico is a nice promenade full of bars, restaurants and shops. Maybe very touristy but you can find very good restaurants as well. Remember that hospitality is really hospitaly in the Adriatic Riviera, nowhere in Italy you'll find such a kindness in restaurants, hotels and shops (every languages are spoken).

    Well, I discovered Titon some years ago thanks to an adive of a friend having the summer house there. It's rather big but has still its own charme, has a summer dehors and a garden as well. Do not go there if you dont eat fish. Starters are preapared according to the catch of the day and to the chef's phantasy. Dont miss them. The frittura di pesce (mix fried fish) is also superb and big enough for 2. Good selection of wines and desserts.

    Favorite Dish: Mix of starters

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Cesenatico Transportation

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    by Trekki Updated Feb 24, 2011

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    Cesenatico is easy to reach by train since the train track follows the Adriatic Coast. The nearest airports are in Rimini, 30 km to the south (although only served by European no-frills airlines, code RMI) and Bologna, 100 km to the northwest (international air service, code BLQ).

    Airport websites:
    Federico Fellini Airport, Rimini
    G. Marconi Airport, Bologna

    As far as I know, Cesenatico’s centre does not have “limited traffic zones” (ZTL = zona traffic limitato in Italian). For day visitors: just off the old port is a huge car park with no fees.

    © Ingrid D., February 2011.

    He ... does not need public or car transport....
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Cesenatico Favorites

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    Favorite thing: Cesenatico is one of these villages at the Adriatic Coast which are perfect for a relaxed holiday. It is not that hip and not a nightlife party town, at least not like neighbour Rimini. With its location in between Rimini and Ravenna it makes a good base for both, beach holiday and sightseeing. Even without a car it is easy to get to the several nearby cities and towns, since the train connects these.

    Ideas for day trips, just to name a few:
    Ravenna: the famous UNESCO listed town, with marvellous Byzantine churches,
    Milano Marittima: with the still existing charm of the old time seaside village,
    Parco Delta del Po: where several interesting guided tours are being offered to learn more about the history and ecological relevance of this river delta,
    San Marino: the tiny state in the middle of northwestern Italy.

    The region is very much dedicated to any kind of sport, not only water sports. The network of cycling paths is amazing and these are well separated from the streets most of the time or lead through meadows or along the many rivers of the Po Delta.

    Best time? This all depends on the individual preferences and if beaching is important or not. I am not a beach person and loved my stay in April. The region isn’t yet crammed with beach visitors, the prices are lower and the “real” feel of the coast is alive. I am not sure if that vanishes or remains hidden when the beach tourists come in summer.

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    Milano Marittima, park Milano Marittima, old salt port Sant'Apollinare in Classe Sant'Apollinare in Classe Milano Marittima, park
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    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    Favorite thing: In the past, the years following WWII, Italy’s Adriatic coast was more or less “inhabited” by the Germans. These were the years of Wirtschaftwunder: buy the first car after the war, drive to Italy’s beaches and spend the summer holidays in sun and at beaches. I was also here with my parents when I was 3 and 4 years old and have sweet memories of a lot of gelato and spaghetti and the son of our hotel host who taught me counting in Italian, white beaches and clear warm water. At a point in time, with an ever-growing flow of Germans and a change in the menus towards Schnitzel and Bratwurst, it quickly was renamed to Teutonic Grill and sea and beaches were heavily polluted. This was the time when “them Germans” went away, not at all realising that they have caused part of the pollution. For a long time, it was the locals who had to work hard to make their part of the country clean again and then they simply kicked off Bratwurst and Schnitzel from the menus and brought back their regional specialities which are now the only dishes one can get. Ok, so much for the stories of the past. I wanted to see this all with my own eyes, see how the region gained back its identity and wanted to visit this village where I was as kid. I was at the coast only for two nights (April 2008) but was impressed of how beautiful it is. I have to say that the season starts in April. This is when the hotels open, so it was not crammed with people. But the owner of the hotel where I stayed told me that it is really full in summer, mostly with Italians but the occasional faithful Germans still come back every year (the ones who do not want to eat Schnitzel when they are on holiday outside of their home country).

    What I liked during my driving along the Adriatic coast between Classe (south of Ravenna) and Cesenatico was the huge network of separate roads for cyclists and the preservation of the nature between and around the beach villages. This all is part of the extensive Po river delta, where salt was gained, the region’s gold of the past. There are excursions to the salt works and salines, there is with countless options for birdwatchers, there are farming museums and fishing museums, there is a special way to catch small sardine-like fish (see next tip). It is peaceful here and fascinating!

    All in all I can highly recommend this region for a side trip and also a longer trip, even if you are not exactly the nightlife and disco kind of person. But then come out of the main season which is during July and August. Come in spring and come in autumn. You will be rewarded with a wonderful stay, wonderful hosts and an incredible variety of local dishes. Remember this is Emilia Romagna, Italy’s most fertile region.

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    Typical house (here: restaurant) of the region Happy summers, 1963 :-) Happy summers, 1963 :-)
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    by Trekki Updated Aug 12, 2013

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    Favorite thing: In this is region of Adriatic Coast the fishermen have a special way to trawl the fish. Along the (artificial or natural) channels in the huge wetlands of Po River Natural Park you can see these specially designed wooden huts with a footbridge to the water. There the square nets are attached to a kind of lifting mechanism to allow the fishermen to place the nets into the water. In my photos you can see these nets hanging in the air, waiting for the fishermen to lift them down, already halfway in the water or completely underwater. Then the men only have to wait a while, lift the nets back into the air and grab the catch of the day. It is fascinating to watch and while I was driving along the coast I was amazed how many of these huts and nets are found along the waterways. The fish they catch here are small sardine-like ones. I didn’t actually taste some, but next time I will and will also spend more time to watch the men on their daily life. Maybe my Italian has improved by then so I can even have a chat or two. The men seem to be prepared for telling people about their work – while I was watching the ones in photos 3 and 4, they were waving to me.

    Photo 5 is a screenshot of the waterway north of Milano Marittima (between Lido di Classe and Lido di Servio) and shows how many of these huts and nets are dotted along the water.

    I was driving by car, but there are countless biking paths along the way. I’ll rent a bike next time and explore all this in more detail.

    Fondest memory: On the website of Parco del Delta del Po, the story of fishing is described (in English).

    © Ingrid D., February 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

    Fishing in the small rivers of Po River Delta Fishing in the small rivers of Po River Delta Fishing in the small rivers of Po River Delta Fishing in the small rivers of Po River Delta Screenshot of the small rivers of Po River Delta
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