Named after its two main cities, the Province of Forli-Cesena lies in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy near the tiny Republic of San Marino. It extends from the Adriatic beaches of Cesenatico to the ancient beech forests that blanket the slopes of Monte Falterona.
Things to do in Forlì-Cesena
With its artistic treasures, photogenic canal and spectacular hiking trails, the Province of Forli-Cesena is not to be missed.
Sightsee in Forli. Serving as the provincial capital, Forli lies along the ancient Roman route of the Via Emilia. Its architectural treasures include the Musei di San Domenico, which boasts an impressive collection of Italian paintings and sculptures, as well as Palazzo Romagnoli, an 18th-century residence with elegantly decorated salons and a monumental staircase. Musical concerts and art exhibitions are regularly held within the medieval fortifications of the Rocca di Ravaldino.
Visit the Porto Canale Leonardesco. Originally constructed in 1314, this picturesque canal was redesigned by Leonardo Da Vinci in the early 16th century. It lies in the historic heart of Cesenatico, a coastal town overlooking the Adriatic Sea in the far east of the Province of Forli-Cesena. Wander between the colourful houses and cafes that line the canal and visit the Floating Maritime Museum, which consists of 10 highly photogenic traditional sailing boats.
Explore Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi. Encompassing 360 square kilometres of hilly terrain, this picturesque national park lies in the far south-west of the Province of Forli-Cesena. More than 600 kilometres of hiking and biking trails wind through its ancient beech forests and access several waterfalls along the park’s meandering streams. In addition to its natural beauty, Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona e Campigna is dotted with the remains of old churches and stone mills.
Getting around Forlì-Cesena
The Province of Forli-Cesena is around an hour’s drive from Rimini and Federico Fellini International Airport, which has seasonal flights to destinations across Europe. Trains connect to both Cesena and Forli while buses serve smaller towns and villages throughout the province. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around.