Cesenatico’s old port was a very much oh wow effect when I drove by. I didn’t intend to stop here, as I was on my way south to Le Marche. But then I saw these ships sitting there, very much colourful sails and even more so as it was a beautiful sunny day. Next to it was a parking spot, so I got out to see what these ships were all about. I was...more
Somehow my time schedule was a bit messed up, so I couldn’t visit the museum (it was either museum or Casa delle Farfalle, and I chose the latter). But from what I have read it must be excellent! I read that it shows farmers’ life along the Adriatic coast before the herds of Teutons came and occupied the area. Many old tools, equpiment and...more
I have a bit mixed feelings about butterfly houses in general, as they can never protect the butterflies properly, no matter what kind of elaborate door mechanisms have been installed. The one in Milano Marittima is no exception. Butterflies can escape when the sliding doors open. But the ambience which was created for the butterflies is very...more
I am mentioning this to emphasise again that these famous bathing resorts are more than just party and sunbath places. This is part of Adriatic life: 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...more
Ravenna is only 30 minutes north of Milano Marittima and Cervia, and even if you don’t want to drive into the city, you should at least visit this gorgeous church which also belongs to the Byzantine style Ravenna churches (and thus is included in the UNESCO list). It was built in 6th century and was burial church for St. Apollinare, the saint who...more
In addition to the historical relevant salt storage building and museum, this part on the port is a beautiful part of the village to relax. When I went there, I was fascinated by the magnificent fountain (main photo), which is very much colourful with mosaics and an interesting wavelike shape. Only later I learnt that it is called Il Tappeto...more
Traversa 23, Milano Marittima, 48016, Italy
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Viale II Giugno 25, Milano Marittima, 48015, Italy
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XVI Traversa, 11, Milano Marittima, 48016, Italy
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If you only want to have a snack, why not try some of the very delicious local pastries? I found the ones in my photo in a bakery (Panificio Stradatoli, photo 2) at the port between Cervia and Milano Marittima and I can tell you that they were excellent!! The one on the left side was a kind of cookie-cake, half baked with chocolate and nuts. The...more
The good news for early or late season travellers is: cafes around town are open. This is another sign that the region has got back their identity and are not only feeding the tourists but the locals as well.My favourite café was right across the street of my hotel (thus you’ll see the photo a second time) and I was here twice to sip latte...more
To dine here would have been a delight, but unfortunately it was closed on my second evening (the first evening I did only have a sandwich due to my late arrival). This time not because of the season but because of a sport event the employees had exactly that day. The house is an old farmhouse of 18th century, beautifully renovated. Well, I only...more
The easiest way to go to Milano Marittima is most probably to book a full trip with a travel agent. At least for Germany I know that almost each of the typical operators has Milano Marittima in the list of locations.
If you want to travel independently, it is best by plane:
The nearest airport is Rimini Federico Fellini (airport code RMI), which is served by many European no-frills airlines (see airlines, international, on the website).
You can also fly into Bologna G. Marconi (airport code BLQ), which is the closest iternational airport.
Form the airports you can either take busses into the city (whereas it is easier to get a direct bus from the Rimini airport than from the Bologna one) or take a train.
If you come by car from direction Bologna, take Autostrada Adriatica A14 to the east and exit wherever it is most convenient to Cervia. I took a bit of a detour maybe, as I went via Ravenna and took SS16 from the north.
According to Trenitalia, the trains from direction Bologna stop only in Rimini and there you need to change into a train to Cervia. The trip takes around 2 hours.
© Ingrid D., April 2008 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), update Feb. 2011 (website exchange Rimini Airport)
Well, I already mentioned it in my intro and later on as well – this part of the Adriatic Sea was invaded by the Teutons many years ago and seems to be still popular with my fellow countrymen. “Man spricht Deutsch” is obvious almost everywhere, in signposts and shop signs (as this one which says journals and newspapers). I found that the locals speak mostly German as the second language and not many do speak English or other languages.
My tip title is referring to a very sarcastic and funny movie of the 80’s; the typo (deutsh instead of deutsch) is intentional. This movie is about an average Bavarian family being part of the Teutonic invasion at the Adriatic Sea of the 60’s to 80’s and describes in a very black humourous way the idea, the Teutons had about the perfect holiday at the Italian beaches. I was thrilled to see that it obviously made it to overseas (the link above is from NY Times) – so if you have a chance to see it, watch it to get an idea why I am so often referring to the benefits, the change back to local identity has brought to the region.
If you are here by car, I can only highly recommend to stick to the parking rules. Even in April, very much out of season, I did see many police people walking around and taking notes of wrongly parked cars. On parking areas for example it is forbidden to park caravans. When I stopped in Cesenatico to visit the old port, I saw some policemen checking cars on the parking, so I asked them if I can park the car and how much it costs (there were many cars already standing there and no ticket machine in sight). The officers explained me that parking cars is free of charge, but that they are writing down the caravans’ details as it is forbidden to park them outside of designated caravan parking.
Otherwise, parking is not that cheap. Along the roads in the villages you will find these ticket machines (photo 2) almost everywhere. Fee per 1 hour is 1 €.
One more reason for taking the bike (yes, Don :-))
Yes, you mostly came for swimming and sunbathing. But there are countless other options to spend your leisure time: you can rent a kayak and paddle through the waterways, you can rent a (sailing) boat, go fishing, play golf, rollerskate and not to mention all the beach sports which are possible here.The website below lists all the leisure...more
The region around Milano Marittima is ideal for biking. While I was driving around I saw countless biking paths – separate ones, not near the streets. My landlady in the hotel told me that there are at least 7 shops to rent a bike in the village and that she also could provide me with one. In the meantime I have read that many hotels offer a bike...more
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As I mentioned earlier, the Adriatic coast did have a major importance for us Germans in the past war times. It was the closest way to reach beaches and sun. It meant ice cream and pasta and pizza (before the demands became more ugly = Pommes und Schnitzel, which means french fries and cutlet), it meant some hot flirtation with the sunburnt Italian...more
When I was driving around in Milano Marittima, I called it roundabout city. Coming from a country where the city planners have hardly heard of the benefits of roundabouts I liked it very much to drive here, as it calms down the traffic. Moreover, almost each roundabout is transformed into a little park, not to mention the little parks everywhere...more
If you look at Google Earth, you can see that there are huge “green spots” around Milano Marittima. These are the famous pine forests. My father keeps telling how much he liked it to be there on holidays, because of these pine forests. Near the Casa delle Farfalle is the biggest one in the village – it has paths for joggers and bikers and must be a...more