Cesenatico: The Perfect Vacation for the Entire Family

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Do you need a beach holiday and some quality time with your family? Whether you are a father with small children or looking to spend a fun weekend with friends, Cesenatico is for you. Let’s find out what to see and do in this town on the Adriatic Sea.

What to do on Holiday in Cesenatico

Cesenatico is a quaint town on the Romagna Riviera that combines history, culture and the bella vita. This pretty fishing village is located on the Adriatic in the province of Forlì-Cesena. It’s also home to the brightly-colored port designed by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century and windy alleys where you’ll find museums, restaurants, markets and charming venues.


The Marine Museum is the only floating museum in Italy and among just a few in the world. The museum is divided into two parts, one on land and one floating on top of the sea. In the first section, visitors can learn about the history of maritime technologies and a 17th-century shipwreck exhibit, while in the second, historical boats called luggers are on display.

Piazza delle Conserve is probably the most famous piazza with its characteristic wells up to six meters deep, which were used for food preservation.

The Sea and Golden Sand Beaches

Cesenatico boasts long, sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, taking a dip in the sea or enjoying water sports. The beaches of Cesenatico are wide with pristine water and shallow shores making them ideal for families with young children. It’s no surprise that they have continuously received the Blue Flag Award. They are equipped with beach establishments that offer services such as umbrellas, sunbeds, bars and restaurants. Having said that, there is no shortage of “free” beach areas where you can spread out your beach towel and enjoy the sun in peace.


In addition to these general characteristics, here are some of the most popular beaches in Cesenatico:

  • Levante Beach: The longest beach in Cesenatico, with bathing establishments, free areas and children’s play areas.
  • Spiaggia di Ponente: A quieter beach than Levante with large green spaces and free areas.
  • Spiaggia delle Tamerici: Surrounded by nature, with an area equipped for camping and a beach bar.

More Ideas When Traveling With Kids

If you are traveling with children, don’t miss the opportunity to spend a day at the Atlantica Water Park, with slides, pools and games for all ages. Some of the most famous adventure parks in Italy are located just a short distance away such as Mirabilandia and Italia in Miniatura. The fantastic city of Ravenna, a UNESCO World Heritage site for its mosaics and architecture, is also a great choice.

Cesenatico is also an ideal city for getting around on two wheels. Visitors can easily rent a bicycle and ride along the numerous tree-lined avenues or the cycle path that connects Cesenatico to Cervia.

Events Throughout the Year

There are many food and wine events, especially related to Cesenatico’s signature dish: pesce azzurro. In the spring, the city hosts a special event with tastings of typical dishes of oily fish (sardines, mackerel, etc.)
Summer is the most beautiful time of year to visit with loads of events organized outdoors from concerts to the historic Garibaldi Festival. For all scheduled events, consult the Visit Cesenatico page.

Nightlife and the movida: This city comes alive after dinner with discos, nightclubs, and piano bars all along the promenade.

There isn’t much more to tell other than: Cesenatico awaits you for an unforgettable vacation!