We’ve just returned from four days in Italy…the lovely little port of Cesenatico in Emilia-Romagna. Yes, granted, a little longer than a weekend, but thinking that made each day an extra treat. The sun shone everyday and we were back into the summer zone…flirty clothes, factor 30 and siestas!
Cesenatico is a gem of a place and was completely unknown to us before this voyage. We had the luck of staying in the ‘star’ hotel…the Grand Hotel Cesenatico (the name says it all). The hotel is located on the main seafront square (opposite the rather out of place looking 118m skyscraper which was apparently in the top 30 of Europe’s tallest buildings for a few years…but did prove a good landmark when we were exploring). It’s a very grand looking building, with an equally impressive entrance. The hotel staff were fabulous and the food…well…having to adjust to life sans non-stop gorgeous food…well it’s hard…it’s back to austerity here (porridge for breakfast…no more daily G&Ts or Prosecco…you know how it is).
Clearly the weather was on the change there too. The days were hot (perfect beach weather), but there was a coolness to the edges and when in the shade. The trees were turning golden ochre to match the sails of the ancient sailboats in the canal by the Maritime Museum and leaves were already lining side streets. Early autumn was I think a very special time to go. It was generally very quiet apart from at the weekend (when Sunday night seemed to be the night for promenading and people watching) and when the ‘festivities’ of ‘Miss International Italy’ where taking place at our hotel (no comment).
So five reasons why you should go to Cesenatico:
- It’s just an hour by taxi from Bologna airport to the seaside resort of Cesenatico. Easy.
- The port and canal (apparently designed with involvement from Leonardo da Vinci) is truly pretty and very bustling (even though we were visiting at the end of the season and many places had already closed up).
- Every meal we had was amazing…seriously from the gelato (of course!) to the fresh fish and tiramisu…
- Cesenatico retains a seasidy elegance whilst also being totally family friendly…every beach front restaurant or bar had a little play area (even at our hotel by the sun beds). Just perfect for letting parents relax a little over a cappuccino (or glass of prosecco) whilst small people are captivated by more slides, trampolines and climbing frames than they’ve even seen before! (‘Wow, so many slides’, said Little G more than once).
- Cycling…it’s pancake flat…we cycled all over and all over again. The bikes were courtesy of our hotel (including one with a child seat) and proved a great activity after our humungous breakfast everyday.