Bagno di Romagna - Cesena
Bagno di Romagna - Cesena (km 46)
Chief town of the Province together with Forlì, Cesena is an educated, hardworking and hospitable town. Economically lively, Cesena is the capital city of vegetable and fruit - produced in the fertile surrounding plane - daily delivered to the Italian and European markets. Cesena rises only a few kilometres from the sea and from the mountains.
Quality shopping is possible in the pretty shops and in the market held every two weeks. In the historical centre, visitors can follow traces and see curiosities, possibly tasting the traditional and inimitable "piada romagnola": a traditional local dish. Valdoca is a quarter decorated by its typical porticoes and charming "minor" architectures. Piazza del Popolo is a scenic square. Above, the Park is crossed by communication trenches belonging to the sixteenth century Rocca Malatestiana where events and concerts take place in the summer. Either the ancient Pescheria or the 10 museums are worth a visit since they represent the lively local cultural life.
Theatre "Bonci", a Neoclassic building, is owned by the Commune. The Cathedral is a late gothic building. The Bib-lioteca Malatestiana, jewel of the fifteenth century architecture, is the ancient public library and is now among the most famous libraries in Europe for its valiable illuminated codices. The Ippodromo del Savio is one of the most internationally renown hippodromes traditionally visited by people keen on horses or simple tourists.
At 2 km from the centre, the Abbey of St Maria del Monte rises on a hilltop surmounting the plane. It gathers one of the most important collections of ex voto pictures: a thousand painted tablets bear witness of popular devot.
Referent: IAT : Piazza del Popolo, 1 - 47521 Cesena (FC)
From Bagno di Romagna, follow the E45 towards Ravenna, Cesena and exit south (46 km).