The city of Cervia is one of the most famous places on the Adriatic Riviera. Located on the central Italian coast, in the Province of Ravenna, Cervia is visited by thousands of visitors every summer who come to enjoy its 10 km of sandy beaches and the temperate coastal climate. The city's population nearly triples during the summer months.
As we said, the main attraction of the area is yours coast bordered by pine forests. Besides its beaches, the city offers several historical architectural structures, including the beautiful one cathedral of the eighteenth century.
Cervia is a perfect one seaside destination for families with children thanks to its sandy beaches and the wide range of activities it offers. But this does not mean that for young people the holiday here will be boring because those who want to have fun and party all night will find the city of Milan-Maritima, separated from Cervia only by a small canal, famous for its night clubs and discos.
What to see and do in Cervia
The beach of Cervia
Cervia is famous for its wide and long sandy beach very well organized. Along its coast, which stretches for several kilometers, there are more than 200 bathing establishments. In the city there is no shortage of free beaches that make Cervia a suitable destination for one low-cost holiday.
The beach is perfect both for families with children, thanks to the seabed that slopes gently towards the sea, and for young people, who will always have something to do.
There are many playgrounds along the shore. You can play beach volleyball or football. You can snorkel and dive. Off the beach there are tennis and golf courts.
For those who love nightlife and dancing there are several clubs with live music and above all a few km away you can reach the twin city of Milano Marittima and its wide variety of high-end bars and nightclubs.
The historic center - Piazza Garibaldi
It is a large rectangular square, paved with river pebbles, overlooking the center of the old city, the best area to stay in Cervia. It is surrounded by several historic buildings, the most notable of which is the Cathedral, a classic construction with a spire bell tower and, right in front, the majestic Town Hall, from the XNUMXth century.
Do not miss small nineteenth-century fountain in the south-western corner of the square, completely restored and with drinking water. The square is very lively on summer evenings, when it hosts street shows and light shows that are projected on the facade of the Town Hall.
The historic center also hosts numerous fountains, ponti, towers e bell. Do not miss the Bridge of the gates, the nineteenth century Municipal Theater of Cervia, Monument to Grazia Deledda and Piazzale dei Salinari.
Torre San Michele
A few steps from Piazza Garibaldi is the Torre San Michele, which dates back to 1691 and which over the centuries has had various uses. Initially it was built to defend the city and the precious adjacent warehouse of salt from the assaults of brigands and looters. Indeed the Tower was a real fort with slits and openings for small arms and cannons.
Later the tower was used as a lighthouse. Today, however, it is the headquarters ofTourist Information and Reception Office. This construction is particularly impressive at sunset. However, a permit is required to access the top.
Next to the tower of San Michele is the imposing building that houses the Salt Museum (MUSA) of Cervia. It is an ethnographic museum dedicated to the history of salt production in the city.
Initially the building it served as a salt warehouse in the city. In the space where it once housed tens of thousands of tons of salt, today it exhibits historical documents, equipment and photographs. Access is free every first Sunday of the month.
The salt pan of Cervia
Discover one of the greenest landscapes on the Adriatic, the Po Delta Regional Park, a vast natural park dotted with picturesque lagoons next to the centuries-old salina of the city, the Salina di Cervia.
It is a nature reserve of great naturalistic and landscape interest and a place of remarkable beauty during the day, but it is worth staying until sunset to admire the beautiful scenes of flocks of herons and flamingos returning to their nests.
The Visitor Center organizes guided tours on foot, by bike and by electric boat, for families and birdwatchers and nature photography enthusiasts.