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Comune di Cesenatico
Cesenatico is located in Italy
Location of Cesenatico in Italy
Coordinates: 44°12′00″N 12°23′40″E / 44.20000°N 12.39444°E / 44.20000; 12.39444[1]
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Forlì-Cesena (FC)
Frazioni See list
 • Mayor Matteo Gozzoli
 • Total 45.16 km2 (17.44 sq mi)
Elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (30 June 2017)
 • Total 25,760
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cesenaticensi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 47042
Dialing code 0547
Patron saint St. James Apostle
Saint day July 25
Website Official website

Cesenatico (Romagnol: Ziznàtic) is a port town with about 26,000 inhabitants on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is located in the province of Forlì-Cesena in the region of Emilia-Romagna, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Ravenna. Cesenatico's port canal was surveyed and drawn by Leonardo da Vinci at the request of Cesare Borgia, as part of his plans to fortify the nearby town of Cesena.


Cesenatico was founded in 1302. It was considered part of the city of Cesena until it was incorporated at the beginning of the 18th century. Its port and canal were built in 1500, with the canal originally planned to reach Cesena, some 15 kilometres (9 mi) inland. At the request of Cesare Borgia the canal was later surveyed by Leonardo da Vinci. It is often erroneously claimed that da Vinci designed the canal. In 1722 James Francis Edward Stuart (the 'Old Pretender' to the British throne) stayed in Cesenatico's Capuchin monastery.

Main sights[edit]

Today Cesenatico is a tourist resort. It is home to the Marine Museum (Museo della Marineria), where historic fishing boats are displayed in the canal. The town also features a 118-metre (387 ft) high skyscraper, which for a few years was among the 30 highest buildings in Europe.[2] The town is bordered to the south by the mouth of the Rubicon river.



Cesenatico hosts every year the final stage of the Italian Mathematics Olympiad, a mathematical battle of wits between the best 300 high school students in Italy. It is usually held in the week-end following the first Thursday of May.

Cesenatico holds the Annual "Marco Pantani Nove Colli" cycling road event across nine of the Apennine foothills in May of each year. Other events associated include the Nove Colli Off Road and Junior Event in September each year.


Statue dedicated to Marco Pantani

Bagnarola, Borella, Cannucceto, Sala, Valverde, Villalta, Villamarina, Zadina.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

The town is twinned with:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "The World Gazetteer". Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2009-05-18.