Despite being a small city, the lively Cesenatico learned how to enrich with important cultural centres that deserve the attention for both the passing through tourists or the ones staying for longer. What Cesenatico has to offer is not limited to beach establishments, discos, markets and good food of the restaurants, all very appreciated by the public, but it offers also entertainment of a cultural scope.
Besides the local and active Municipal Theatre, offering performances all year round, the Public Library and other premises used for exhibitions, there are three museums, all recent institutions sought by the local population.
Cesenatico's museums are relatively young since they were all born after the 80's, but nevertheless they are places of great importance, both for the city and for the territory. They are not places for the sole preservation, but live structures, promoting scientific and didactic activities and relevant cultural and touristic events.

The first one in chronological order is Casa Moretti (Moretti House), established by the City's Council in 1980, following the legacy left by the poet Marino Moretti to the local Library, which comprised his house by the canal with all his books and writings. With this gesture, the poet proposed a donation of his belonging to the "study, instruction and education".

The Antiquarian and the Museo della marineria (Seamanship Museum) came to life following important cultural events that had a great impact on the population, making them aware and stimulating the interest for the archaeology, the knowledge of their own origins and the recovery of traditions,  at the same time working as a warning that these could disappear completely. It all started with two scientific/cultural conferences: one about the "Studi Romagnoli" (Romagna studies), held in Cesenatico in June 1969 which focused on the local archaeology; and the other in 1977, dedicated to fishing and the sea life, roughly translated as "the Romagna sea life, the man and the environment".

The birth of these two museums is the result of the heavy promotion made by the local Azienda di Soggiorno (Tourism Board) and the Town Hall of Cesenatico, as well as having the collaboration offered by the population. In the particular case of the Antiquarian, a group of citizens, guided by Bruno Ballerin (honorary inspector of monuments) with the collaboration of the Soprintendenza ai Beni Archeologici, conducted a systematic search of the territory, reaching important results of knowledge scale and of recovery of findings. The Antiquarian, founded in 1981, keeps today in its rooms the old history of Cesenatico from the origins, rebuilt by means of a fascinating archaeological adventure.

The Museo della Marineria is on the other hand, an original immersion in the world of fishing and the sea life, finding the traditions and the culture that are disappearing today, but that have characterized the life of this delightful sea resort for centuries. Unique in its gender, the Museo della Marineria is composed of a Ground Section, besides the Antiquarian and a Floating Section in the open.
Particularly well looked after, with good material choices for the objects in exhibition, with good taste in the setting up,  Cesenatico museums offer a modern use, pleasant and engaging, full of ideas for those who want to get deep in the study of the history and for those who are simply curious and want to enrich they personal knowledge.

The Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna houses a collection of works for the 18th Century, and is distributed in several rooms. It can be visited under appointment in the Town Hall rooms and the Tourism Hall. The works of 50 artists representing the contemporary arts are gathered here, among them Vespignani, Zancanaro, Sughi, Piraccini, Dario Fo, Benetton, Cassinari and Caldari.

For temporary exhibitions, the Town Hall offers the Galleria Comunale Leonardo da Vinci. Every year events dedicated to the figurative art are proposed here.
The original exhibition Tende al mare (Screens in the Sea), conceived by Dario Fo in 1998, has today become a traditional exhibition. On the beach, near the Andrea Costa square, the beach becomes the stage of the painted screens, in a spectacular exhibition of great contemporary masters of the art and of pupils from the Fine Arts Academy of Ravenna and from the Stage Design course of Brera.

A. Cocchi.

Trad: A. Sturmer


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