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Art and culture

Art and culture

Cervia's history is fascinating and worth discovering. Its historic centre is surrounded by an architectural quadrilateral of houses that tells about the past of a salt-tied town, where the saltpan workers' families would live.

A short walk away from the centre, outside the quadrilateral walls, the Salt Storehouses and the St Michael Tower - which once had the function of a check point over the salt trade - mirror onto the canal.

Down the port canal you get into the atmosphere of the Fishermen's Neighbourhood, characterised by a row of small terraced houses.

Porta Mare (Gate to the sea)

The gate called Porta Mare, in the historical centre of Cervia.


Built starting from the end of the 17th century to host the families of saltworkers, the Quadrilatero represents the boundaries of Cervia Nuova.

Rotonda Primo Maggio, the heart of Milano Marittima

Known in the local dialect as the plaza of Zencv Culòni (five columns), la Rotonda Primo Maggio is today one of the most emblematic landmarks of Milano Marittima.

San Giuseppe Church

This attractive small church devoted to St Joseph is in the small village of Castiglione di Cervia, 8 km from the town.

San Lorenzo Oratory

St Laurence's Oratory is in the small town of Castiglione di Cervia, 8 km from the town.

San Michele Tower

Saint Michael's Tower stands in Cervia's historical centre and dates back to 1691, before the founding of New Cervia, when it was built to defend the town from Turks and Saracens.

Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral

The Cathedral is in Cervia's main square just opposite the Town Hall

Santo Stefano Parish Church

Saint Stephen's Parish Church is in Pisignano, about 9 km from Cervia, in the countryside south-west along the main road via Crociarone, which marks the northern limit of the ancient roman division of the territory in "centuries" typical of the Cesena area.

Statue of Our Lady of the sea

inauguration day, 23rd May 2009

Stella Maris Church

Stella Maris Church, with its modern structure, stands among Milano Marittima's pine trees, since 1959

The Archeological Site in Montaletto

The archeological area in Montaletto is divided into "Chiesa" (Church) and "Scuola" (School).

The Beata Chiara di Rimini Panel

This panel was painted between 1544 and 1618 and represents the blessed Chiara whilst receiving from Christ through Saint John's hand a diploma with a lead bull, and Jesus, accompanied by the Apostles, who is blessing her.

The Canal Harbour

Built as a point for salt loading, the Cervia canal harbour today is one of the best equipped tourist ports along the Romagna Riviera.

The Fountain in Piazza Garibaldi

This fountain stands in Garibaldi Square in the historical centre of Cervia.

The Madonna Assunta Statue - Town Hall

The decision to provide the Town Hall with a statue dedicated to the Assumption Madonna, and to place it in a railing balcony, was made in a communal assemby in 1754.

The Measure Stone

The Measure Stone is one of the most mysterious remains coming from Old Cervia

The Painting of Saint Joseph

This canvas, painted between 1625 and 1662, is probably one of the most precious works in Cervia.

The Panel of Madonna della Neve by B. Longhi

The panel representing the Madonna of the Snow is inside the Cathedral in the historical Centre in Cervia.

The Panel of the Madonna del Pino

The Madonna of the Pine-tree is a canvas of 1.10x0.65m.

The Saltworkers' village

The Borgo dei Salinari (Saltworkers' town area) is included inside the ancient walls of Old Cervia, but more properly it builds up an extension of these walls.

The statue Thalàtta

The statue called Thalàtta, The Sea Woman, is outside St Michael's Tower, on its south side

The Velario - The Ancient Curtain in the Town Theatre

The Cervia theatre painted veil shows a particular view of the town.

Torre Salt Storehouse

The Salt Storehouses can be considered as the most interesting example of industrial architecture in Cervia's territory, nowadays a very evocative venue for exhibitions, shows and events.

Via Nazario Sauro

This street is the fulcrum of the Fishermen's Neighbourhood, in fact it links the historical centre to the harbour.

Via XX Settembre

This historical street is situated in the centre of Cervia.

Villa "Il Pagliaio"

This is one of Milano Marittima's seaside villas

Villa Capannina

Villa Capanna called also Villa Capannina

Villa Carlotta

One of the seven villas built before the Great War

Villa Colmegna

This is one of Milano Marittima's seaside villas

Villa De Maria

A symbol of the "City Garden"

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