|Comune di Cesenatico|
|• Mayor||Matteo Gozzoli|
|• Total||45 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|Elevation||3 m (10 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Patron saint||St. James Apostle|
|Saint day||July 25|
Cesenatico (Romagnol: Ziznàtic) is a port town with about 26,000 inhabitants on the Adriatic coast of Italy. It is located in the province of Forlì-Cesena in the region of Emilia-Romagna, about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Ravenna. Cesenatico's port canal was surveyed and drawn by Leonardo da Vinci at the request of Cesare Borgia, as part of his plans to fortify the nearby town of Cesena.
Cesenatico was founded in 1302. It was considered part of the city of Cesena until it was incorporated at the beginning of the 18th century. Its port and canal were built in 1500, with the canal originally planned to reach Cesena, some 15 kilometres (9 mi) inland. At the request of Cesare Borgia the canal was later surveyed by Leonardo da Vinci. It is often erroneously claimed that da Vinci designed the canal. In 1722 James Francis Edward Stuart (the 'Old Pretender' to the British throne) stayed in Cesenatico's Capuchin monastery.
Today Cesenatico is a tourist resort. It is home to the Marine Museum (Museo della Marineria), where historic fishing boats are displayed in the canal. The town also features a 118-metre (387 ft) high skyscraper, which for a few years was among the 30 highest buildings in Europe. The town is bordered to the south by the mouth of the Rubicon river.
- Marcella Hazan (1924–2013), cookbook author
- Giorgio Ghezzi (1930–1990), footballer
- Marco Pantani (1970–2004), cyclist
- Emilio Pericoli (1928–2013), singer
Cesenatico hosts every year the final stage of the Italian Mathematics Olympiad, a mathematical battle of wits between the best 300 high school students in Italy. It is usually held in the week-end following the first Thursday of May.
Cesenatico holds the Annual "Marco Pantani Nove Colli" cycling road event across nine of the Apennine foothills in May of each year. Other events associated include the Nove Colli Off Road and Junior Event in September each year.
Bagnarola, Borella, Cannucceto, Sala, Valverde, Villalta, Villamarina, Zadina.
Twin towns – sister cities
The town is twinned with:
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cesenatico.|
- Official site (in Italian)
- Cesenatico's official tourism info (in English) (in Italian)
- Official hotel booking site by local tourist office IAT (in English) (in Italian) (in German)
- Cesenatico Marine Museum
- Cesenatico Webcam by Municipality Site
- Cesenatico Webcam by Romagna on Web
- Cesenatico Webcam by Agenzia Zadina
- Coat of arms from crwflags.com
- Cesenatico's entry in A Jacobite Gazetteer
- Italian Mathematical Olympiad official site (in Italian)
- Cesenatico's sailing association by Congregavelisti.it
- Restaurants Official site (in Italian)