9 Best Things To Do In Forli, Italy

things to do in Forli

As the capital of the northern Italian province named Forli-Cesena, Forli remains pleasantly charming. The gem, famous for its silk, household equipment, and clothing, is suited for those seeking tradition, pre-historic ruins, ancient castles, national parks and fine delicacies. San Marino’s neighbor on the Adriatic coast is more than just the witness of the collapse of the Roman Empire or the battlefield of World War 2.

Here are some good recommendations for the 9 best things to do and see in Forli:

1. Discover San Mercuriale Abbey

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Arguably, San Mercuriale Abbey is a must-visit iconic landmark that Forli has to offer. Perching in the Piazza Aurelio Saffi, the ancient building dating back to the 12th-century always shines among other religious sites – although it was once devastated by a fire. The visitors and worshipers must definitely be stunned with the Romanesque interior filled with the majestic paintings of Passignano and Tempesta.

San Mercuriale Abbey

Address: Piazza Saffi Aurelio, 17, 47121 Forlì FC, Italy

Contact Number: +39 054325653

2. Go to San Domenico Museum

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This fascinating museum complex named San Domenico in the Piazza Guido Montefeltro is unfortunate to be missed. The 13th-century building features a perfection of artwork displayed through painting, photography, and other art mediums. Several points of worthy interest include the Chiesa di San Giacomo Apostolo, the Palazzo Pasquali, the Convento dei Domenicani, and the Convento degli Agostiniani.

San Domenico Museum

Address: Piazza Guido da Montefeltro, 12, 47121, Forli, Italy

Opening Hours: 9:30 am to 1 pm

3. Explore the Canal Harbor of Cesenatico

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Although Forli doesn’t have direct access to the coastal area, the Cesenatico (the nearby gem) comes with an exceptional condition. Once you hit the Leonardo Da Vinci Canal Harbor, dotted with cute fishing boats, you can take a promenade along the fishermen’s village and enjoy the laid-back atmosphere. If you love the sea and yachts, going inside the Maritime Museum at the end of the canal really is suggested.

Canal Harbor of Cesenatico

Address: Corso Garibadi, Via Marino Moretti, Via Giordano Bruno, Via Armellini 47042 Cesenatico, Italy

Website: Cesenatico

4. Be fascinated by the 15th-century castle of Rocca di Ravaldino

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You can’t miss the historic Italian buildings while exploring a city in Italy. You are encouraged to have a look for the Rocca di Ravaldino, a well-maintained 15th-century castle. The brick stone citadel with the atmosphere of the medieval time is the main part of the worth-visiting site. Aside of adoring the structure, you can have a leisurely walk through the shady small park.

Rocca di Ravaldino

Address: Via Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, 47121 Forlì FC, Italy

5. Feel the fresh air at Parco Urbano Franco Agosto

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Watching the daisy’s blooming, feeding the cute wild hares, and hearing the sound of chirping birds are the sorts of things you can do at Parco Urbano Franco Agosto, a public green space in the heart of Forli. The grassy land beautifully matched with trees, a small lake, fountains, a play ground, and stylish sculptures, is such a lovely retreat – the balloon ride is another highlight.

Parco Urbano Franco Agosto

Address: Via Fiume Montone, 47121 Forlì FC, Italy

Website: Parco Urbano Franco Agosto (in Italian)

6. Meet the Apennines wolf at Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi

Parco delle Foreste casentinesi
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Once you get bored with historic attractions in the city, you can set up a tent and interact with mother Earth at Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi. Although the trail connecting to the top of Monte Falco has different levels of difficulty, the scenery along your exciting trip deserves attention – the colorful trees, turquoise lake, waterfall, and unexpected creatures like red deer and the Apennines wolf are super spectacular.

Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi

Address: Strada Statale 310, 47018 Pratovecchio, Italy

Contact Number: +39 057550301

7. Pose before the old buildings of Piazza Aurelio Saffi

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Piazza Aurelio Saffi is one of the major squares you have to stop by. It’s where cool landmarks, ideal for your Instagram picture collection, stand gracefully. The prominent structures include the momentous post office, the Palazzo Comunale, the San Mercuriale Abbey, and the Chiesa del Suffragio. What makes it more glamorous is no other than the marble statue of Aurelio Saffi, the focal point of the sight.

Piazza Aurelio Saffi

Address: Piazza Aurelio Saffi 8, 47121, Forli, Italy

Opening Hours: 24 hours

8. Plead to God at Chiesa San Pellegrino

If you want to see an Italian cathedral, the Chiesa San Pellegrino is the exact spot. The ancient building for worship, established in the 12th-century, amazingly has a blend of architectural styles such as a touch of Gothic Padano and the 17th-century interior designed by varied artists, from Lombard Lapicides Tommaso Fiamberti to Giuseppe Merenda.

Chiesa San Pellegrino

Address: Via Girolamo Mercuriali 1, 47121, Forli, Italy

Contact Number: +39 054334245

9. Taste the amazing Italian pasta and dessert in Trattoria 'petito

Ending your tiring adventure with a plateful of pleasing Forli pasta at the restaurant named Trattoria ‘petito is definitely a bright idea. It highlights a wide variety of wonderful Italian noodles such as Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and ravioli. For the dessert, we recommend you to try the Panna Cota and Semifreddo al Pistachio. The friendly staff and good service are the best things that the eatery has.

Trattoria 'petito

Address Via Filippo Corridoni 14, 47121, Forli, Italy

Opening Hours: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm (Monday to Saturday)

You will find Forli, the Italian gem, so worthy

Forli, the pearl from the east coast of Italian mainland, should be your ultimate holiday destination when the summer time is at your front door. Go visit the beautiful town!

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