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Comune di Cervia
Town Hall
Town Hall
Location of Cervia
Cervia is located in Italy
Location of Cervia in Italy
Cervia is located in Emilia-Romagna
Cervia (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°15′31″N 12°21′21″E / 44.25861°N 12.35583°E / 44.25861; 12.35583Coordinates: 44°15′31″N 12°21′21″E / 44.25861°N 12.35583°E / 44.25861; 12.35583
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province Province of Ravenna (RA)
Frazioni Cannuzzo, Castiglione di Cervia, Milano Marittima, Montaletto, Pinarella, Pisignano, Savio di Cervia, Tagliata, Terme, Villa Inferno
 • Mayor Luca Coffari
 • Total 82.27 km2 (31.76 sq mi)
3 m (10 ft)
 • Total 28,700
 • Density 350/km2 (900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Cervesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
48015, 48016, 48010
Dialing code 0544
Patron saint Saint Paternian
Saint day 13 November
Website Official website

Cervia (Romagnol: Ziria) is an affluent town and comune (municipality) in the province of Ravenna in the region of Emilia-Romagna in Italy.

Cervia is a major seaside resort in Emilia-Romagna, North Italy. Its population was 28,965 at the 2015 census.

It's heavy influence of sports, art, and cuisine contributed to Ceriva being selected as Italy's first city to host an IRONMAN Triathlon, giving southern Europe access to the world's most elite athletic event, drawing world-class athletes from all over the world and showcasing Cervia's premiere status as a global competitive venue.


Originally called Ficocle, it was probably of Greek origin and was located midway between current Cervia and Ravenna. It is known that this original settlement was destroyed in 709 by patrician Theodore for its alliance with Ravenna against the loyal Byzantines.

Later the centre was rebuilt in a more secure position, in the Salina. This medieval city grew until it was provided with three fortified entrances, a Palaces of Priors, seven churches and a castle (Rocca) which, according to the legend, was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The name also changed from Ficocle to Cervia, probably referring to the Acervi, great amounts of salt left in the local evaporation pods. After a long series of events, it became part of the Papal States.

As the time passed, the salt pod turned into a marsh, and on 9 November 1697 Pope Innocent XII ordered it to be rebuilt in a safer location. The new city had huge silos for storage of salt, containing up to 13,000 tons.

Cervia is also mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy (Inferno, Canto XXVII, lines 40–42).

Town information

Nowadays Cervia is a seaside resort on the Adriatic Riviera thanks to its 10-kilometre (6 mi) shore characterised by sandy beaches. Unlike its neighbor Cesenatico, the buildings are subject to strict urban regulations, favoring the conservation of the pine forest and green areas between each new construction.

Cervia has a large pine forest, about 260 hectares and includes the areas of Milano Marittima, Cervia, Pinarella and Tagliata. A project with the local authority of ARPA is active for the control of water, at various points between the beach in Milano Marittima and that of Pinarella. The results that are obtained show that the water quality is such that guaranteed the city the blue flag of the Foundation for Environmental Education for the ninth consecutive year (since 1997). The levels of these waste waters have always been excellent in recent years, except some small survey of 2004 and 2002 that triggered the alarm and were provided other controls, which have verified the quality of the water, immediately returned to levels within the normal range.

Housing prices in Cervia ranked second highest in the Emilia Romagna in a 2009 research, only after Bologna. With the development of the neighborhood Milano Marittima, the presence of nightclubs and outdoor dances were banished from Cervia center, in order to respect the comfort of residents and tourists.

In Cervia they are already operating several cycling routes. In fact the city is also famous for its large number of bicycles around the town, especially during summer.

Tortelli verdi is a typical food in Cervia.

Main sights

  • The Cathedral (Santa Maria Assunta), built in 1699–1702
  • The Museum of Salt
  • The Communal Palace
  • St. Michael Tower


The city is served by the road Strada statale 16 Adriatica or Romea South. It is possible reach the Italian A14 highway at Cesena (15 km) and Rimini (24 km). Cervia is located about 103 km south of Bologna, 311 km far from Milan and 359 km from Rome.

Twin towns/sister cities


See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Dati statistici sulla popolazione Archived April 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine

External links

  • Cervia Municipality (in Italian)
  • Official tourist information site of Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella and Tagliata (in English)
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