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Comune di Cervia
Town Hall
Town Hall
Cervia is located in Italy
Location of Cervia in Italy
Coordinates: 44°15′N 12°22′E / 44.250°N 12.367°E / 44.250; 12.367Coordinates: 44°15′N 12°22′E / 44.250°N 12.367°E / 44.250; 12.367
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Province of Ravenna (RA)
Frazioni Cannuzzo, Castiglione di Cervia, Milano Marittima, Montaletto, Pinarella, Pisignano, Savio di Cervia, Tagliata, Terme, Villa Inferno
 • Mayor Luca Coffari
 • Total 82 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Population (30 June 2008)[1]
 • Total 28,252
 • Density 340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cervesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 48015, 48016, 48010
Dialing code 0544
Patron saint Saint Paternian
Saint day 13 November
Website Official website

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


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 9 November 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).

Nowadays Cervia is a seaside resort on the Adriatic Riviera thanks to its 10-kilometre (6 mi) shore characterised by sandy beaches.

Main sights[edit]

  • The Cathedral (Santa Maria Assunta), built in 1699–1702
  • The Museum of Salt
  • The Communal Palace
  • St. Michael Tower


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Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Cervia travel guide from Wikivoyage
  • Information of Cervia in English [1]
  • Cervia Municipality [2]