While a trip to Italy may spring thoughts of Cinque Terre and Rome, Cesenatico is not to be forgotten (and definitely has smaller crowds). Cesenatico, a port town off the Adriatic Sea, is home to wild flamingos, deliciously fresh seafood, and beautiful architecture. The town also boasts a rich history and the canal was surveyed by Leonardo da Vinci. So while you’re gearing up for Italy, be sure to add Cesenatico to your list and check out some of the must see sights on your excursion.
1. Museo della Marineria
Since the Museo della Marineria (also known as the Maritime Museum) sits right on the water, it has an impressive indoor and outdoor section. Inside the museum you’ll learn about the Adriatic Sea and the journeys the Adriatic Navy made throughout history. You can also get up close and personal with two large ships often used to sail up and down the Adriatic. Outside in the canal, you can check out a stunning display of historic fishing boats with their colorful restored sails.
Museo della Marineria
Address: Via Armellini, 18 - 47042 Cesenatico (FC)
Website: Museo della Marineria (in Italian)
2. Dine at Osteria dei Golosi
Osteria dei Golosi is a local gem and highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. No matter what time of day you go you’re bound to feast on scrumptious seafood – but the menu changes almost daily as they only serve the freshest items available (which changes based on the daily catch!).
Osteria dei Golosi
Address: Cesenatico Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 48, Cesenatico (Levante Canal)
Website: Osteria dei Golosi (in Italian)
3. Leonardesque Canal and Port
Good morning from the Leonardesque canal port of Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena, Emilia Romagna). What a wonderful place, isn't it? :)Posted by Discover Italy on Saturday, 25 July 2015
Leonardo da Vinci is said to have surveyed and even designed the town’s canal and port, so for the chance of seeing another one of da Vinci’s great works, be sure to visit the Leonardesque Canal and Port. Strolling along the canal, you can see the charming, original homes lining the water. The beginning of the canal also houses the Maritime Museum (Point 1), and you can often find events happening in this area!
Leonardesque Canal and Port
Address: Corso Garibadi, Via Marino Moretti, Via Giordano Bruno, Via Armellini 47042 Cesenatico - Centro (FC)
Website: Leonardesque Canal and Port
4. La Cattedrale delle foglie e delle piante contadine
The Cattedrale delle foglie e delle piante contadine was designed by Aurelio Brunelli and took inspiration from the work of poet Tonino Guerra. The sculpture features seven bronze leaves that are meant to represent emotions and memories. The leaves are also supposed to exemplify the lost biodiversity in the region and are meant to spark conversation and dialogue about conservation and preservation. The exhibit itself is really unique and you can find it right on the boardwalk – so there’s no reason not to see it!
La Cattedrale delle foglie e delle piante contadine
5. The Grand Hotel
While the Grand Hotel da Vinci might entice you with its five star rating and shiny finishes (and a visit here shouldn’t be passed up) if you were to choose between this and The Grand Hotel, I would pick the latter. The Grand Hotel brings you old world Italian charm creating a vintage luxury feel, and still has all the amenities of the newer hotel. At the Grand, you can admire unique architectural features and feel like you’re staying in an Italian hotel (as opposed to a modern, yet pretty generic, five star hotel).
The Grand Hotel
Address: Piazza Andrea Costa, 1
Website: The Grand Hotel (in Italian)
6. Piazza delle Conserve
And this is the colourful Piazza delle Conserve, situated just a few steps from the harbour Leonardesco. Its name...Posted by AllÓRA on Tuesday, 12 August 2014
Walking along the Piazza delle Conserve will bring you back to the ‘good old days.’ The piazza is not only surrounded by fun architectural quirks but also features a daily farmers’ market where you can buy a variety of foods like fruits, vegetables, and cheese. The piazza (also called The Conservatory Square) is home to iconic wells, used in the 15th century, and is home to glacial remains!
Piazza delle Conserve
Address: Conservatory Square, 47042 Cesenatico - Center (FC)
Website: Piazza delle Conserve (in Italian)
7. Parco di Levante
Parco di Levante (The Levante Park) is an expansive park in Cesenatico. Aside from the luscious trees and shrubs, there are two large ponds with wild swans, Mandarin Ducks, and water birds. There are also plenty of play and tabled areas for children and families, guaranteeing a fun time for everyone. You can set up a picnic while enjoying nature, make the evening (or morning) a workout and bike or run your way through the trails, or during the summer check out one of the events in the old farmhouse.
Parco di Levante
Address: Viale Cesare Abba, 47042 Cesenatico - Ponente (FC)
Website: Parco di Levante (in Italian)
8. Atlantica Cesenatico
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Tired of all the historic touches of Cesenatico? Or maybe just visiting with kids who want a change of pace? Or maybe you just want a change of pace? Then be sure to stop by Atlantica Cesenatico, a super fun water park right in Cesenatico. The large park has an array of attractions like a lazy river, body boarding, plenty of slides (with and without tubes), a wave pool, and more! The park is open every day from 10 AM to 7 PM (during warm weather months), so don’t let anything stop you from splashing around and having a great time.
Address: Atlantic Aquatic Park, Piazza Marco Polo, 4 -47042 Cesenatico (Fc)
Website: Atlantica Cesenatico (in Italian)
I hope you’re getting ready for an incredible trip. Cesenatico is a beautiful coastal town that will give you a real taste of life in Italy and show you some truly unique pieces of Italian culture. So whether you’re in Bologna (which is only a short train ride away) or in Bali, you better be packing your bags (soon).
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