5 Reasons why you should add Cesenatico to your Italian itinerary.
Let me tell you something: I’m not a beach person. I mean, when I go to the beach I absolutely hate lying down and sunbathing for hours and hours, I get bored after half an hour. Probably it is a matter of cultural customs that my parents unconsciously passed down to me or probably as a Sri Lankan I know deep down in my heart that I don’t need a sunbath to tan so I just don’t want to do it and enough!
But when holidaying together with people who think differently, it is necessary to find a way to fill up the hours by doing something else. That’s how I got my idea to write a post about what else you can do while your group is happily sunbathing on the beach.
Summer 2019 has been for me the Cesenatico period and probably I’ll be going there for the next two or more years due to Alessandro’s parents having rented a house there.
The weather in our city this summer has been incredibly crazy, too hot and unseasonably rainy with hail storms, so heading out to the coast was super appealing and I found myself surprised at how, even after two or three days, there was still plenty more things to do in Cesenatico. I figured out some other options for Cesenatico besides visiting the seaside and sunbathing.
Cesenatico is often overshadowed by the other bigger and busier cities but it has its own charm and personality. It should definitely be on your itinerary.
Port Canal (Porto Canale)
Cesenatico is a port town on the Adriatic coast of Italy with about 26,000 inhabitants which could even triple during the summer season. It is located in the province of Forlì-Cesena in the region of Emilia-Romagna, about 150 kilometres south of Modena. It has a wonderful port canal running through the town centre which is somehow linked to Leonardo da Vinci. Its port and canal were built in 1500, with the canal originally planned to reach Cesena, which is 15 kilometres inland, since it was once part of the city of Cesena.
A walk along the “Porto Canale is certainly highly recommended because it is a main axis around which revolves the life of the village. The sailing boats docked at the edges of the canal add a big sense of authenticity to this town’s life. It is a special place to hang around. Do note that most shops close between 1pm to 4pm though, so it is good for sight-seeing, but on the other hand it can be very quiet.
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Food and drinks
Food and Drinks are the second option: Since Cesenatico is mostly filled with Italian tourists, and Italians are food lovers by nature, wherever you eat the food is always good. The restaurants don’t risk offering bad dishes. Evening is the best time to visit Cesenatico for its charming atmosphere. There are lots of good restaurants with fresh seafood, bars, cafes, and gelateria to choose from and often good street markets that make the city even more interesting. 80% of these are on Porto Canale.
Fishing Huts (Capanno da pesca)
My third choice is to visit the fishing huts located along the dock. They are called “Capanno da Pesca” and they really give a warm welcome to visitors, especially during sunset. Whenever you are in Cesenatico don’t forget to walk from the Piazza Spose dei Marinai to the lighthouse: that is really a prestigious location with the ancient fishing system known as “bilancioni” which gives a suggestive atmosphere. Actually, I suggest the dinner at the “Gambero Rosso” fast food Restaurant facing the huts.
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Cycling in Cesenatico
Cycling is my next suggestion! Cesenatico has an interesting cycle circuit connecting the neighbouring cities like Cervia, Milano Marittima, Igea Marina, Rimini and much more. I tried the one to Milano Marittima, which partly runs along the beach and partly in a beautiful green park full of pines where plenty of people like to picnic.
From children to adults
Last but not least, there is lots of partying! What surprised me a lot was how Cesenatico was well balanced between what it offers for adults and young people. In fact, there were plenty of activities for seniors as well as plenty of parties and music for the younger crowd! Children and kids have their space too, of course. In short, I can say that Cesenatico has a rather booming nightlife during the summer, with pubs, bars, and clubs with various target ages and styles that are quite busy until the wee hours. If you are so inclined, then you won’t be disappointed.
I hope I have given some good ideas and now don’t wait for long. Take your trip to Cesenatico, in terms of hotels and activities it has a lot to offer.