In the heart of Romagna
In the heart of Romagna, between Ravenna and Forlì, between the Adriatic Sea and the hills of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, rises Cesena. Between the XIII and XIV, under the lordship of the Malatesta, Cesena experienced an era of magnificence, which made it the city of art that we can admire today. The three jewels are the Biblioteca Malatestiana, the Rocca Malatestiana and the Abbey of S. Maria del Monte. Also worth a visit is the historic center, still alive with its countless shops, and its characteristic Piazza del Popolo with the Masini Fountain, the Town Hall, the Venetian Loggia and Torrione del Nuti.
The Malatesta Library
Founded by the will of Novello Malatesta, Lord of Cesena in 1452, and built to a design by Matteo Nuti. The eleven spans accommodate the 58 plutei where 340 manuscripts from the 9th to 15th centuries are preserved, in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The Malatestiana is the only example in the world of humanistic library perfectly preserved in the building, in the furnishings and in the library endowment; for this reason it was recognized by UNESCO as "Memory of the World" in 2005.
The Malatesta Fortress
Cesena owes its fortress to the Malatesta family, one of the most impressive in the area. Its construction began in 1380, under the command of Galeotto Malatesta and ended in 1480 under the domination of the Ponteficio State. Today the Rocca di Cesena can be visited almost in its entirety. The front door is located on a curtain 12 meters thick and leads to the "courtyard", dominated by the two central towers: the "keep" or "male" and the "palatium" or "female". In the latter, the Museum of the History of Agriculture is set up, while in the male there is a collection of historical artifacts. The path along the walls of the walls is particularly suggestive.
Abbey of S. Maria del Monte
The millenary Benedictine Abbey is famous for the collection of votive tablets (ex-votos), with specimens ranging from the 15th century. to the present day. Other interesting reasons are the imposing dome painted by Giuseppe Milani and the Laboratory of restoration of the ancient book, still in operation today.
Inside the Refettorio, obtained from the restoration of the monastery cellars, it is possible to taste the dishes of the ancient monastic tradition and of the territory.
Queen of the Cesena culinary tradition is the piadina or "pida" in dialect, to be enjoyed in the characteristic kiosks of the city center and along the main roads, filled with cold cuts and typical cheeses such as squacquerone or fossa cheese. Do not miss the "minestre" (term to indicate the first courses based on puff pastry) homemade and the main courses of meat or fish, accompanied by a red Sangiovese wine or by the white Albana and Trebbiano.