Cesenatico: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Tourist destination of the Romagna Riviera, the beautiful seaside town of Cesenatico is located in the province of Forlì-Cesena.
The city is linked to history and seafaring culture, thanks to the typical casettte colare and its museums floating on the waters of the Porto Canale Leonardesco.
In summer, then, it is possible to enjoy the beautiful and long beach, where there are both private bathing facilities and stretches of free beach equipped with all the main services.
Beautiful squares full of people, places to have excellent aperitifs by the sea, traditional and gourmet fish restaurants: Cesenatico it really offers many possibilities for relaxation and entertainment.


  1. 10 things to see in Cesenatico in a weekend
  2. What to see in Cesenatico in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Cesenatico: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Cesenatico
  5. Plan your stay in Cesenatico: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Cesenatico in a weekend

1 - Porto Canale Leonardesco

This magnificent structure represents the heart of the town, along which the historic center is concentrated and expands. Some parts that make up the port were built based on some drawings by the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, from which it takes its name, invited by Cesare Borgia to participate in the renovation, in 1502.
Among the most important sites in Cesenatico near the canal is the famous Piazza delle Conserve, paved with pebbles and full of stalls with typical local food products, as well as Pisacane square, in which stands the imposing statue dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi, dating back to 1884.

  • 5 minutes from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Maritime Museum

It is a very special museum, one section in fact is on the mainland, while another is entirely float. There are several on display boats and finds that tell the nautical history of the place. Visitors can also board a merchant ship from the 30s, moored together with other vintage ships in the innermost and oldest part of the Leonardesco Canal Port.
Some rooms and areas of the museum can also be booked for organizing conventions, presentations and civil weddings.

  • 6 minutes from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • Jun-Sep 10: 00-12: 00/17: 00-23: 00; winter opening Sat-Sun-holidays 10: 00-12: 00/15: 00-19: 00; the floating section Tuesday-Sun 8: 30-22: 00
  • adults € 2,00, children free

3 - Pantani space

The Pantani family together with the Municipality of Cesenatico and the Pantani Foundation have decided to create this space, 300 square meters wide, in memory of the well-known cyclist champion Marco Pantani, born in Cesena and died in 2004 in Rimini.

The Space was born in 2006 and inside the story and the companies are told di Pantani, through various photographs, audiovisual products and various memorabilia, such as his first bicycle, all the trophies he won and the many paintings dedicated to him.
It is also possible to buy gadgets and various products inside the museum, the proceeds of which are donated entirely to charities.

  • 1 minute walk from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • ott-mar / merc-dom 10:00-12:00/15:00-17:00; apr-sett 9:00-12:30/15:30-19:00
  • full € 5,00, reduced € 3,00 (13-17 years), 0-12 years free. The proceeds are donated to charity

4 - Parish church of San Giacomo

Overlooking the Leonardesco Canal Port, near the Maritime Museum, stands the church, built in 1324 but renovated in 1763. Rectangular in shape, the building inside has asingle nave, embellished with round arches, statues of saints, works and a large organ.
The peculiarity of the place lies in the famous painting which houses, the San Giuseppe, by the painter Guido Cagnacci, which although it is a copy, its origin, relative to the seventeenth century, has been ascertained.

  • 6 minutes from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • 9: 00-12: 00, closed Sunday
  • free

5 - Levante Park

Not far from the beach is one green space where you can carry out various activities and where to relax surrounded by nature: this is the public park.
Paths to be covered by bike or on foot, paths with facilities for physical exercise, expanses of lawn for picnics or sunbathing, two lakes with ducks, ducks, geese and turtles and walks under pines, poplars and oaks: the park is right the ideal place for recreation and relaxation in nature.

  • 38 minute walk from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

6 - Tamerici beach

It is the first Italian beach to be vegetal, so sustainable and environmentally friendly. The most particular aspect of the beach lies in the Tamerici, the hedge and tree plants that surround this portion of golden sand.
The bathhouse was realized by re-naturalizing a beach and opened to the public in May 2012, in the Valverde district. Access to the beach and all the services present, such as the umbrellas created by the tree tamarisk trees, bathrooms, showers, bicycle storage (entirely made from recycled materials) is free.

  • 13 minutes on board the 4 Sagittaro bus, starting from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

7 - Cesarini area

It is large portion of free beach, where bathers can find a variety of efficient services, such as showers, a small kiosk with snacks, sandwiches and ice cream, toilets and about twenty tents made by some artists to provide shade.
For those who want to dedicate themselves to sports on the beach there are two beach volleyball courts, and those with children can take them to the play area dedicated to them.
In the Cesarini area there is also aarea dedicated to animals.
One of the most commendable aspects of the facility is undoubtedly the wheelchair to allow people with disabilities to take a bath in the sea.
In addition, from mid-June to mid-August, one is built film review, with screenings of Italian and international films directly on the beach.

  • 8 minutes by car from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Atlantica Cesenatico Water Park

It is a large water park in which to spend a day in the name of fun and relaxation.

Swirling pools and slides they are also suitable for children, and one of the most particular attractions is the swimming pool where artificial waves are played.
Inside the park there is also agreen area, where you can exercise on the playgrounds, or sit on the lawn for a picnic.
Those who prefer to eat at the restaurant can go to one of the places there, one with an international menu, the other with typical local dishes, such as wraps and cutting boards.
Furthermore, a reserved area of ​​the park can be booked for private parties.

  • 15 minutes from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • June-Sep 10: 00-19: 00
  • day ticket adults € 16,00, children (from 5 to 11 years) € 13,00

9 - Piazza Andrea Costa and the Ferris wheel

There are three main squares: the historic Piazza delle Conserve, the suggestive Piazza Spose dei Marinai with the statue depicting a woman who, together with her two children, sees the longed-for return of her husband from the sea, and Piazza Andrea Costa, the most frequented by citizens and tourists. In this square various events and shows are organized, especially in summer, among the most important events Pink Night, the enthralling party which extends over the entire Romagna Riviera in the first weekend of July.
Music, concerts and events enliven Piazza Andrea Costa, where the skyscraper built in 1958 by the Marinella company and which currently houses private homes and a residence, and the Ferris wheel, 31 meters high, from which to admire the sea, the beach and the entire panorama that branches off to Cesenatico.

  • 18 minute walk from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • square always accessible; Ferris wheel Jun-Sep 10: 00-00: 00
  • Ferris wheel € 5,00, children from 3 to 10 years € 4,00 children from 0 to 2 years free

10 - Ca 'Turchi Roman furnaces

In this small archaeological site it is located in the early countryside around Cesenatico and was discovered in the 70s, during the plowing of the land in the Fornari farm.
It is two large furnaces of which the combustion chambers have been preserved, and from the surveys carried out it seems it was a site used for the production of statues and tiles.
Furnaces of this kind were widespread in the region between the st and nd centuries AD and the numerous fragments of statues found in the area suggest that their production was intended for the decoration of gardens, villas and prestigious residences or for donations to sanctuaries and religious buildings.

  • 8 minutes by car from Cesenatico station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Cesenatico in one day: recommended itinerary

Start the day with breakfast at the tables of the Cafe Marivaux, located near your first stop: the Maritime Museum. Here you can visit the rooms that tell the nautical history and get on board the historic Traboccolo transport boat 'Giovanni Pascoli'. Cross Viale Cecchini, thus admiring the Porto Canale Leonardesco, colorful with the ships docked and the houses that frame it. Pay a visit to Church of St. James, overlooking the canal and passing you will notice the statue in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Have lunch in the welcoming Osteria da Beppe and reach the famous Piazza delle Conserve.

Cross the historic center, pass Piazza Ubaldo Comandini and stop in the crowded area Andrea Costa square, where you can admire the Cesenatico skyscraper. You will find many places where you can take a break and then get on Ferris wheel, from which to enjoy a beautiful view.
The rest of the afternoon is dedicated to relaxing in the beautiful Levante Park, where you will find two lakes complete with ducks, ducks and geese. For dinner, stop at La Caveja, and then walk to the nearby beach and stroll by the sea.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Cafe Marivaux - Get directions
  2. Museo della Marineria (10:00-12:00/15:00-17:00; apr-sett 9:00-12:30/15:30-19:00, €2,00, bambini gratis)
  3. Church of San Giacomo (Mon-Sat 9: 00-12: 00, free)
  4. Lunch at Osteria da Beppe - Get directions
  5. Piazza delle Conserve
  6. Ferris Wheel (10: 00-00: 00, € 5,00 reduced € 4,00)
  7. Parco di Levante: always accessible, free
  8. Dinner at La Caveja - Get directions

Where to eat in Cesenatico: the best restaurants

  1. El Paso restaurant: cuisine based on fish and pizza, modern location with children's area
    Average price per person: € 18,00
    Address and contacts: Viale Melozzo da Forlì, 7 - Get directions / tel: 0547680927
  2. Magnolia restaurant: 2 Michelin stars for this restaurant with gourmet and creative dishes
    Average price per person: € 60,00
    Address and contacts: Viale Trento, 31 - Get directions / tel: 054781598
  3. Riviera 69 restaurant: restaurant-lounge bar specializing in fish dishes with a terrace overlooking the sea
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via Piave, 69 - Get directions / tel: 054780254

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Cesenatico

In Cesenatico, a favorite destination on the Riviera Romagnola, there is no shortage of fun as there are places with a relaxing atmosphere, to enjoy a good aperitif by the sea and discos, to let loose all night. Most of the most popular clubs are located right along the coast, perhaps on the beach or on the promenade, but also near the Molo di Levante and in the port area.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Sloppy Joe's Cesenatico: bar on the beach where you can have an aperitif with sea view and live music / Address: Via Molo di Levante, 16 - Get directions
  • Mapico: ideally located on Porto Canale Leonardesco, the restaurant offers craft beers and cutting boards with local products / Address: Via Giordano Bruno, 14 - Get directions
  • Pier 9 five: very busy disco in the summer, themed evenings with VIP guests and celebrities / Address: Viale Porto, 16 - Get directions

Plan your stay in Cesenatico: info and useful tips

  • by train Rimini / Ravenna stops in Cesenatico; the airport of Rimini, F. Fellini is about 25 Km reachable by train (€ 3,05)
  • Getting around: it is quite small, you can move on foot, or use the Start Romagna company buses (€ 1,50). An excellent choice is also the rental of bikes and mopeds
  • Where to park: Piazzale della Rocca parking, the best free parking area located at the entrance to the city. Near the sea there is the Viale Piave Parking, for a fee in summer (€ 6,00 daily rate), free in winter, or Darsena Parking (between via Magrini and Via Vespucci), half-day rate € 3,00, daily € 6,00
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: Cesena (18 km), the large orchards and vineyards of the charming village of Longiano (18 km), the Republic of San Marino (35 km) and the City of Art of Santarcangelo di Romagna (16 km)

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