The tournament has Cesenatico as its base. Cesenatico 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 19 miles south of Ravenna.
One of the features of Cesenatico you will probably see first is the Canal Port that divides the town centre into West and East. With just two small ferries, you can cross the water to the other side, and you pay just 40 cents for the trip. The “Tower” of Cesenatico is another feature that’s hard to get around. It clearly divides the Eastern and the Western beach. When built, it was the highest skyscraper in Europe for several years. Today it’s mostly empty and under renovation.
A sandy coastline extending for 7 kilometres from Zadina, where the pinewood stretches as far as the beach, permitting holidaymakers to take it easy and enjoy the cool of centuries-old pines, to Centro, with Leonardo da Vinci’s canal harbour lined with fish restaurants renowned throughout Italy, as far as Valverde and Villamarina, neighbourhoods offering modern accommodation structures of different types and categories.
Comfortable, quiet and safe beaches equipped to cater for a cosmopolitan clientele. The broad avenues and extensive vegetation give Cesenatico a very relaxing look, which is further enhanced by the quaint squares of the old-town centre, the numerous mooring facilities full of pleasure craft, the two large town parks and the multicoloured sails raised on the boats in the Maritime Museum. Cesenatico offers all this and lots more…
Things to see and do
FLOATING MARITIME MUSEUM – Via Armellini, 1847042 Cesenatico – Ponente
The Museum, situated in the oldest and innermost part of the Leonardo’s canal , collects and represents ten typical sailing boats (restored and reactivated) of the high and middle Adriatic sea, used for fishing and marine traffic: the Bragozzo and the open-sea Bragozzo (small sailing-boats), the Battana and the Top (flat-bottomed boats), the Lancia (launch), the fishing Trabaccolo and the transportation Trabaccolo, the Paranza and the Barchét (medium-sized fishing boat).
The Museum, which was founded at the beginning of the eighties, is not only the synthesis of centuries and centuries of marine civilisation from Trieste right to Pescara, but is also an effective summary of the particular role of the port of Cesenatico over the years.
LA CATTEDRALE DELLE FOGLIE – Giardini al Mare Viale Ferrara47042 Cesenatico – Centro (FC)
“The Leaf Cathedral”, an idea of Tonino Guerra realised by the iron sculptor Aurelio Brunelli. It is made of steel leaves, 3.5 metres high, disposed in circle like an amphitheatre
The cathedral is a tribute to the nature and the work of the men who cultivated the land: it is located beside the flowerbed where you can find old fruit trees of the Romagna area planted to preserve the sprout and to contrast loss of biodiversity.
Cesenatico is one of the most famous and renowned seaside resorts on the Riviera Romagnola, frequented by tourists from every part of Italy and Europe. Because of the cleanliness of the beaches and of the sea, Cesenatico has received the “Blue Flag” from the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
The beaches in Cesenatico are sandy, with a shallow sea where the land slopes gently as you leave the beach. The beaches are about 7 km. long, 5 of which are those managed by beach establishments while 2 are free areas and mostly visited by youngsters.
The bathing establishments offer their clients many services which go further than just sun beds and umbrellas. On the free beaches, however, there are other services like volleyball courts and beach soccer pitches.
The beaches in Cesenatico are controlled by 27 control towers managed by the Cooperativa Bagnini di Cesenatico, which guarantee a certain safety in the waters of this seaside resort.
ATLANTICA WATER PARK – Piazza Marco Polo, 447042 Cesenatico – Ponente (FC)
The main attraction of the Atlantica water park is the wave pool: similar to that of Riccione’s Aquafan, it has a circular shape with an atoll at the centre dedicated to group dances and animation; every hour are generated waves that last a few minutes and simulate those of the sea.
The waterslides are very popular with children: there are the Kamikaze which have a maximum slope of 60% and which allow to reach a high speed; the Plano Shuttle – the most adrenaline attraction of the park – which consists of a descent to be done from 10 metres high on board a bob: the long ride ends in a pool; another small water slide is the Soft Foam Wave. For the little ones there is the Baby wave: it is a pool in the shape of 8 that has a water slide and two fountains.
Among the most crowded attractions are the Onda Lenta River and the Long Wave Anaconda. The first is a 1km long artificial river that allows participants to circumnavigate the entire park on board an inflatable boat. The second is instead a structure over 15 metres high that has 3 slides that intertwine with each other and reach a fair speed.
Inside the park there are several dining options, a green area where you can have a picnic, a candy store and a store for shoppers, a photographer to capture the best moments of a day at the Atlantic of cesenatico, showers and changing rooms. In addition there is a space for group dances and a games room where kids can have fun with their favorite video games.
Finally, in the park there is also a well-equipped Bingo hall with over 500 seats: the room is open from 3 pm till dawn and also includes modern slot machines.