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Comune di Cervia
Town Hall
Town Hall
Cervia is located in Italy
Location of Cervia in Italy
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
ProvinceProvince of Ravenna (RA)
FrazioniCannuzzo, Castiglione di Cervia, Milano Marittima, Montaletto, Pinarella, Pisignano, Savio di Cervia, Tagliata, Terme, Villa Inferno
 • MayorLuca Coffari
 • Total82 km2 (32 sq mi)
Elevation3 m (10 ft)
Population (30 November 2015)[1]
 • Total28,965
 • Density350/km2 (910/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code48015, 48016, 48010
Dialing code0544
Patron saintSaint Paternian
Saint day13 November
WebsiteOfficial website

Cervia (Romagnol: Ziria) is a 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. SportThe main volleyball team is Volleyball Cervia 1969.

The main soccer team is the Cervia 1920 Sports Association, which plays in Excellence. In the Municipality of Cervia there are two other football clubs: the Polisportiva 2000 Cervia 1971, which plays second category, and the Pinarella calcio, which plays in the first category.

The beach soccer team is Cervia Beach Soccer and the basketball team is Basket Cervia, which has a male and a female section.

Since 1997 Sportur is active, a sports association that organizes sporting events for professionals, amateurs or amateurs. The structure relies on the collaboration of former international athletes for their courses: Davide Cassani and Paola Pezzo for cycling, Mauro Pelaschier for sailing, Luca Sacchi for swimming [46].

Sporting events. Change For three times, Cervia was home to a stage of the Giro d'Italia, the first in 1955, the last in 1997 on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Cervia Nuova.

1955 14th stage Ancona-Cervia, won by Giuseppe Minardi; 1985 6th stage Vittorio Veneto-Cervia, won by Frank Hoste; 1997 2nd stage Mestre-Cervia, won by Mario Cipollini. In 1991 there was a professional tennis tournament called Cervia Challenger, won by the Swiss Claudio Mezzadri. After 1991 no other editions were held.


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).

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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[edit]

  • 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.

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