Cesena is a small city full of art and charm. Here, you can learn more about the fascinating heritage of the House of Malatesta, which ruled over many lands and towns in Romagna from 1295 to 1500.
The Malatestiana Library (1454) is a one-of-a-kind monastic library. This wooden library has been preserved as it was for 600 years: in order not to damage its 340 ancient manuscripts, the use of electricity and even candles is strictly prohibited here. The natural light coming from the windows is the only light source. Only small groups of people are allowed inside, and must walk around in silence, in semi-darkness.
In the surrounding area you may want to explore the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna, a national park (consisting mainly of woodland) located on the two sides of the Apennine watershed between Romagna and Tuscany. You may admire its crystal clear waterfalls, medieval abbeys, and wilderness area, just like the Sasso Fratino one: its primeval beech forests have become part of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The Apennines hide many treasures: Bagno di Romagna, which was awarded the Orange Flag by the Touring Club, is one of them. The cycling tracks in the Park will appeal to all mountain-bike enthusiasts.
You cannot leave without visiting Cesenatico, a fishing village overlooking a port canal that was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, where you will have the chance to see the colourful boats of the Maritime Museum floating on water. The neighbouring town of Gatteo Mare is the world capital of liscio romagnolo, a genre of ballroom music.