|Comune di Cesena|
|• Mayor||Paolo Lucchi (PD)|
|• Total||249.47 km2 (96.32 sq mi)|
|Elevation||44 m (144 ft)|
|• Density||390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Postal code||47521 - 47522|
|Patron saint||St. John the Baptist|
|Saint day||June 24|
Cesena (Italian pronunciation: [tʃɛˈzeːna]) is a city and comune in the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, south of Ravenna and west of Rimini, on the Savio River, co-chief of the Province of Forlì-Cesena. It is at the foot of the Apennines, and about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the Adriatic Sea.
Cesena was originally an Umbrian or Etruscan town, known as Caesena. After a brief spell under Gaulish rule, it was taken over by Romans in the 3rd century BC. It was a garrison town of strategic importance which was destroyed in the wars between Gaius Marius and Sulla. Pliny mentions the wines of Cesena as among the best.
Cesena was on the border that the Exarchate of Ravenna shared with the Lombards. It was presented to the Papacy by its Frankish conqueror in 754 and passed back and forth between the popes and the archbishops of Ravenna, was briefly a communal republic (1183–1198). It was then long contested between popes and Holy Roman Emperors. The brief rule by the Forlivese Ordelaffi was crushed in 1357 by Papal troops led by Cardinal Gil de Albornoz, after a long siege heroically endured by Cia degli Ordelaffi, wife of the Lord of Forlì.
The little comune revolted again in 1377 during the War of the Eight Saints. This time it was recaptured by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto (the English-born condottiere John Hawkwood) under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, (later antipope Clement VII). The latter, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI, directed the savage murder of between 2,500 and 5,000 civilians. By the laws of war at the time this was regarded as an atrocity that earned the label of the "Cesena Bloodbath" and the cardinal the "butcher of Cesena". The following year what remained of Cesena was assigned by the new pope Urban VI to Galeotto I Malatesta.
During the period 1379-1465 the city recovered and prospered under the Malatesta, who rebuilt the castle (called Rocca Malatestiana) overlooking the town. The Malatestiana Library, built by near the castle by Malatesta Novello (1429), is considered a fine example of a Renaissance library and holds many valuable manuscripts.
After Novello's death (1465), Cesena returned to the Papal States, but was again seized by a local seignor, Cesare Borgia, in 1500. The city was elevated to capital of his powerful though short-lived duchy.
Cesena subsequently turned into a secondary city of the Papal States. In the 18th and 19th centuries Pope Pius VI and Pope Pius VII were born in the city, which also had Pope Pius VIII as bishop, gaining the title of "city of the three popes". During the Napoleonic Wars it was stripped of numerous monasteries and churches. Some of its citizens had notable roles in the unification of Italy, in the second half of the 19th century.
In 1992 it was elevated to the rank of co-capital of province, together with Forlì.
Cesena's monuments include:
- the Abbey of St Maria del Monte.
- the Malatestian Fortress (Rocca Malatestiana), built by Cardinal Albornoz (from 1380) over a pre-existing edifice which had hosted, among the others, Frederick Barbarossa and his nephew Frederick II. It was completed by the Papal governor Lorenzo Zane in 1480, and was used by Cesare Borgia as jail for Caterina Sforza. It is octagonal, with two main towers, the higher maschio and the lower foemina
- the Piazza del Popolo
- the Biblioteca Malatestiana, the first public library in Europe, listed in UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.
- the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
- The Pinacoteca Comunale is housed in what was once a Benedictine monastery.
- The Galleria dei dipinti antichi della Cassa di Risparmio di Cesena is housed in what was once a Celestine monastery.
- The Teatro Alessandro Bonci
- The Palazzo Ghini.
- Mercato Saraceno
- Alessandro Bonci, operatic tenor
- Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress, best known for her work with her husband, actor and director Roberto Benigni
- Vincenzo Negrini (1804 – 1840), bass-baritone opera singer
- Marco Pantani, road cyclist
- Pope Pius VI, was Pope from February 15, 1775 to August 29, 1799
- Pope Pius VII, was Pope from March 14, 1800 to August 20, 1823
- Lorenzo Savadori, Motorcycle racer
- Obadiah ben Jacob Sforno
- Alberto Sughi, Italian painter
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- Cesena home page (Italian)
- Cesena tourism - visitcesena.com (Italian) (English)
- Cesena history and info (English)
- Forlì-Cesena tourism (English)