The Floating Section

back: Seamanship Museum

The Floating Section

Museums and exhibition places in Cesenatico  >  Seamanship Museum

The Floating Section of the Museo della Marineria (Seamanship Museum) of Cesenatico, with its old boats and colourful sails has become the symbol of the city. The beautiful sails of bright colours reflected on the waters of the canal welcome the visitors.

The floating section is located outside the Museo della Marineria, along the historic da Vinci harbour, where ten old boats are moored. They dated back to a period between the end of the 1800's and the first half of the 1900's and have been kept in perfect condition. The boats in exhibition represent the most common type of sailboat used for fishing and for transport in the Adriatic during the above mentioned period. Each boat, for fishing or pleasure, belong to a different typology and has different characteristics and tools. Two of them are fishing boats, typical from Romagna and called barchetti; another three are bragozzi (1) and then there is a topo (2), very used in the area around Venice, a launch, a fishing smack (seen more often along the coast of the Marche region), a battana (3) and a transport trabaccolo (4).

Passing the bridge there are two other boats, which are kept in use for parades and celebrations in summer. These are the Trabaccolo Berchét and the Bragozzo San Nicolò the two biggest boats moored in the pier.

The sails of the boats are striking for their bright colours and are one of the favourites subjects for photographers who come to Cesenatico. The colours are made with pigments extracted from natural soil and the sails show symbols and drawings that are part of the sailor heraldic code. Also symbolic is the decoration of the bow and the hulls, whose images remind us of popular magic and religious traditions.

To guarantee the good maintenance of the boats and also for security reasons, the sails are regularly hoisted and lowered by the staff, depending of course of the weather conditions.

A. Cocchi.

Trad.:A. Sturmer


1)  A fishing or transport boat for coastal navigation in the Adriatic. It has two masts with a lug sail.

2)   Typical boat for use in the Venetian lagoons.

3)  Traditional flat bottom wood boat from Venice, Romagna and Istria.

4)  A small boat used for fishing; a small ship lug-rigged on two or three masts.


F. Santucci, Cesenatico, da porto di Cesena a Comune Edizioni Il ponte vecchio, Cesena, 1995
D. Gnola, Storia di Cesenatico Edizioni Il ponte vecchio, Cesena, 2001
D. Gnola, Cesenatico nella storia Edizioni Il ponte vecchio Cesena, 2008
M. Marini Calvani (a cura di), Schede di Archeologia dell'Emilia-Romagna, Bologna 1995
B. Farfaneti, Cesenatico romana. Archeologia e territorio, Ravenna 2000
P. G. Pasini. Andar per Musei. Guida all'usa die musei della Romagna meridionale. (a cura di Italia Nostra) Romagna arte e storia Quaderni
AA. VV. Guida ai musei della Provincia di Forlì-Cesena. Edizioni Prima Pagina, Cesena, 1999
M. Todeschini (a cura di) Atlante Romagnolo. Dizionario alfabetico dei 76 comuni. Poligrafici editoriale S.P.A. Bologna 1992
AA.VV. Adriatico. Le stagioni del nostro mare. A cura dell'Amministrazione Provinciale di Forlì-Cesena. Stampa MDM, Forlì 1992



Tags:A. Sturmer, Alessandra Cocchi, museum, boat, fishing, marine civilization, .

Per saperne di più sulla città di: Cesenatico


Per informazioni su questi dipinti clicca qui.



Questo sito utilizza i cookie. Accedendo a questo sito, accetti il fatto che potremmo memorizzare e accedere ai cookie sul tuo dispositivo. Clicca qui per maggiori informazioni. OK