Forlì and Cesena are two different cities that make a single province, here in this article I will need to talk about both.
Both cities are quite interesting to visit, especially Cesena which is closer to the beach and that has a lot of interesting things to do.
Forlì is an ancient city and it was founded by the Romans along the Via Emilia, a few kilometers from the Adriatic sea and at the foot of the Apennines.
Cesena was one of the centers of Romagna and the great building of the city that today are points of tourist interest date back to that period.
The Malatesta are the fathers of Cesena, the fountains and its incredible library. If you are ready to discover where to go and what to eat in these cities read this article.
Forlì And Cesena What To Do
Piazza Saffi is the most important square in Forlì and one of the largest in Italy. It is located at the crossroads of the four main courses in the city, which follow the ancient Roman roads.
The abbey of San Mercuriale is one of the most beautiful and important monuments of Forlì. The bell tower was used as a model for the reconstruction of the famous bell tower of San Marco in Venice.
The Rocca di Ravaldino is a medieval fortified citadel that was once surrounded by a complicated system of moats.
Parco Franco Agosto is a very big park that you can find in the city of Forlì if you like to jog and stay in contact with the nature you can visit this park which is very close to the city center.
The Museum of San Domenico in Forlì is one of the most important monastic museums in the world where there are a deconsecrated church and two cloisters.
The Malatesta Library in Cesena is one of the best-preserved medieval libraries in the world and was the first civic library in Italy.
Inside there are more than 300 illuminated manuscripts, and 5,000 volumes belonging to the private library of the Pope from Cesena.
The Malatesta Fortress is the ancient fortress of the city that since the Malatesta era served as a defense of Cesena.
In 500, when the city became the capital of the Borgia duchy of Romagna, Leonardo da Vinci was invited to map and approve the modernization of the fortress.
The Rimembranza park surrounds the Malatesta fortress which is located on the top of the Garampo hill.
At the height of the towers of the fortress, the view from the top of Cesena is spectacular. The park is open every day, all year round.
The Palazzo del Riodoto is one of the most beautiful examples of fifteenth-century architecture in Cesena and you should visit it with no doubts.
The Palazzo del Municipio in Piazza del Popolo deserves a visit inside to discover the wonderful eighteenth-century frescoes.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
Predappio, ( The City Of Mussolini)
Cattedrale di Cesena, (Cesena)
Abbazia del Monte, (Cesena)
La Fortezza di Castrocaro, (Cesena)
Food In Forlì And Cesena
The food in Romagna is according to me the most interesting and great in the world. Here you will be able to find game meat and a lot of dishes that will make you happy a lot.
Very popular in this region is the Piadina, which is like a quesadilla filled in with local cheese and prosciutto, mortadella or Affettati in general.
You can find little shacks or shops where with a few bucks you will be able to eat this food for lunch or for dinner.
The tagliatelle and the strozzapreti are a kind of pasta that is pretty typical of this region as well, you can find pappardelle al Cinghiale ( boar pappardelle) and pheasant meat.
If you want to check out some recipes here is a good link of these plates:
Mousse di Mortadella,
Squacquerone di Romagna,
Pan Speziale Bolognese,
Pollo Alla Bolognese,
Cappellacci Di Zucca,
Brasato al Sangiovese,
Tagliolini Allo Scoglio.
Both Forlì and Cesena are beautiful cities that you should visit once in a lifetime, I am pretty sure that if you go to the tourist office in Cesena you will find a lot of things to visit that will make your friends jealous.
In Cesena there is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, meanwhile, in Forlì, you can find one of the most important museums in the world as well.
Not a lot of people leave their country to go visit these two cities, but if you are in Bologna or Rimini on the beach for your holidays a day trip to Cesena is totally worth it.
In this guide of the province, I was able to list some of the most important things to do in both cities without forgetting about the awesome food that you can find in these cities.
If you have time you should road trip to Bertinoro and Predappio ( The City Of Mussolini), there are many Borghi around Cesena and Forlì that are considered the best in Italy.
For instance, Terre Del Sole is also another great place to hang out if you have time, especially during Christmas this town turns out to be very fascinating.
I hope that now you have some interest in visiting these cities, I am pretty sure that you will like them both and that you won’t regret a visit.
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