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Cesenatico, ancient fishing town

Cesenatico today is one of the most important and best known seaside resorts of the Romagna region. The history of the town is closely linked to fishing and its canal shaped harbour was designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
It is up to you how to spend your days: lying in the sun on the beach or discovering the surroundings, walking or cycling in the big parks or along tree-lined alleys.


Not to miss in the surrounding area

Cesenatico has a characteristic canal shaped harbour that was built in the 16th century following an original design made by Leonardo da Vinci. In his intentions and in those of the town administration of that time, the canal was to reach the town of Cesena, situated in the hinterlands about 15 km from Cesenatico. If the harbour stands for the past, the skyscraper of Cesenatico, built in the 1950s upon the beach boulevard, in front of the already existing Grand Hotel, is the symbol of the modern touristic Cesenatico. The new part of the town, situated along the alley Viale Carducci, which runs parallel to the shore, is almost entirely dedicated to tourism, with hotels, shops, restaurants, amusement arcades, bars and pubs. There are still some historic villas from the beginning of the 20th century and the former holiday colony of the City of Verona.

Further, the bathing facilities along the beach, although no real architectural monuments, are part of the characteristic iconography of Cesenatico. These summer recreation centres have been the engine of economic growth for decades.

The maritime museum "Museo della Marineria" of Cesenatico shows historical seafaring vessels which are anchored in the harbor. The most important one is the "Trabaccolo" which was used for merchandise transportation; visitors are allowed to go on board. During Christmas time, suggestive nativity scenes with life size characters are installed on the vessels.

Since spring 2006 the museum "Spazio Pantani", situated near the railway station, is open to the public. It shows bicycles and various items belonging to the former cyclling champion Marco Pantani.

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