Cervia is a town and comune in the province of Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna), central Italy.

City of ancient origins and traditions, Cervia is a tourist jewels of the Adriatic coast - and not only - with an enviable mix of natural beauty, modern facilities for receiving and recreation, historic and cultural attractions, beside the blue Adriatic.

A site that offers several reasons of interest, in an urban and environmental context of rare beauty and elegance.

Not surprisingly, Cervia is called the "garden city": for over thirty years it hosts the event "Maggio in fiore" (May in flower), which is the largest Italian event for "green architects" and "master gardeners", with the staging spectacular public open spaces - all to see - for the entire summer adorn the streets, squares and waterfront.

The history of Cervia

Between history and legend...

Originally called Ficocle, it was probably of Greek origin and was located midway from current Cervia and Ravenna. It is known that this originary settlement was destroyed in 709 by patrician Theodore for its alliance with Ravenna against the loyal Byzantines.

Later the centre was rebuilt in a more secure position, in the Salina. This medieval city grew until it was provided with three fortified entrances, a Palaces of Priors, seven churches and a castle (Rocca) which, according to the legend, was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The name also changed from Ficocle to Cervia, probably referring to the Acervi, great amounts of salt left in the local evaporation pods. After a long series of events, it became part of the Papal States.

As the time passed, the salt pod turned into a marsh, and on November 9, 1697 Pope Innocent XII ordered it to be rebuilt in a safer location. The new city had huge silos for storage of salt, containing up to 13,000 tons. Cervia is also mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XXVII, lines 40–42).

The center of Cervia

Between history and legend...

The "calling card" of Cervia, with its age-old tradition of tourism, is the elegant and charming old town - a true urban living room, ideal for walking - graced by notable landmarks, rich in works of art: Cathedral, the Church of the Intercession, the giant Salt warehouses with its museum, the imposing tower of St. Michael, the Municipal Theatre, the Old Fish Market, the nineteenth-century lighthouse, and much more.

Cervia beach

Fun and relax...

From the central Piazza Garibaldi, in a few minutes you can reach the beautiful beach of Cervia, literally endless, with a fine sand, almost velvety.

A fully equipped beach, where you can spend safely ideal days for rest and recreation, through its back smooth and free of hazards, with a "quality" at the highest levels, as evidenced, for the past ten consecutive years, the award of the prestigious Blue Flag.

Of course, in terms of services and opportunities for fun, Cervia offers "everything and more".

Ad hoc structures for children and families; prestigious restaurants, where you can taste the typical local cuisine; discos and nightclubs for a holiday "24 hours 24"; sports of all kinds; a modern marina; a spa; a succession of feasts, festivals and events, both local and international, such as the World Championship Sand Sculpture, and much more .

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