Those who want to spend a holiday in some seaside resort in Italy cannot fail to consider, among the various destinations, those located on the Riviera Romagnola .
Among these , Milano Marittima, a fraction of the municipality of Cervia , in the province of Ravenna, certainly stands out. Milano Marittima is famous for being a very hospitable seaside resort towards tourists, who can both enjoy the natural beauties of the place, such as the beach and the refreshing pine forest of Cervia, or the regenerating thermal baths, and have fun and entertain themselves in the numerous clubs on the sea, suitable for suggestive aperitifs and the wildest nightlife.
So let’s see what they are10 things to see in Milano Marittima in a weekend!

What to see in Milano Marittima

1 – Pineta di Milano Marittima
User photo: Serendip. The pine forest extends for 210 hectares and represents a natural site worthy of protection and conservation. It is part of the Po Delta Regional Park, and its variegated ecosystem allows the proliferation of different plant species, among these the Apocino Veneto and the cane of Ravenna stand out, both very precious as they are at risk of extinction.
Pines are obviously the dominant trees and under their shade you can find relief from the high summer temperatures.

  • How to get there: 10 minutes by car from Cervia station, Milano Marittima – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: free

2 – Natural Park
A part of the pine forest is occupied by the Milano Marittima Natural Park , a protected natural area of ​​32 hectares, in which there are various faunal specimens, such as donkeys, horses, goats, sheep, pigs, rabbits, but also fallow deer and deer.
The park is located between Milano Marittina and Cervia and offers the opportunity to relax surrounded by nature , have a picnic in the designated areas, follow the various paths set up for visitors who love hiking and more: sports activities are provided for the more adventurous , such as suspended paths between trees of different heights, launching with the necessary harnesses.
An educational area with animals: In the old farm, it was designed especially for children, who are encouraged to have direct and healthy contact with the animals that inhabit the park, while receiving a real lesson on local wildlife life.

  • How to get there: 25 minutes walk from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: from 09:00 to 20:00
  • Ticket price: “In the old farm” area € 4.00, reduced € 3.00

3 – Butterfly House
Inside the Natural Park there is a splendid garden in which to live a truly unique experience: a visit to nature surrounded by the flight of many colorful butterflies.
In the House of Butterflies, in fact, you will find these splendid specimens from different parts of the world ; an area of ​​the garden was created to reproduce the tropical climate and make life possible for insects and animals that live in overseas environments.
The nearby House of Insects is also very interesting, where you can have direct contact with insects of all species, from giant cockroaches to beetles, from stick insects to crickets.

  • How to get there: 15 minutes from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: approximately every day from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 17.00 (on holidays and in some periods of the year it is open all day and closing can be postponed to 19:00)
  • Ticket price: full ticket € 10.00, reduced € 9.00

4 – Stella Maris Catholic Church
Photo by Fernando germani. The church was built starting in the 1950s and the works were completed in 1970. It is a modern building consisting of a single large nave and concrete arches .
Inside there are two chapels, one dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the other to Sant’Antonio da Padova.
The most characteristic aspect lies in the 14 panels of the Via Crucis carved in mahogany by the sculptor Umberto Bortolo, who also made a wooden crucifix above the altar for the place of worship.

  • How to get there: 4 minutes walk from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: 08:00 to 23:00
  • Ticket cost: free

5 – Vialetto degli Artisti
This is a very characteristic avenue that comes alive in the summer with stalls and markets, with handicrafts by local artists and designers.
Here you can find really everything, including jewelry, paintings, bags, vintage items, eco-design creations and more. It is worth taking a trip just to enjoy an evening stroll , especially after spending the day at the beach.

  • How to get there: in the center of Milano Marittima – Get directions
  • Hours: from June to September 19: 30-00: 00
  • Ticket cost: free

6 – Papeete Beach
Not just a bathing establishment , but a real essential point of reference for those who want to know the entertainment center of Milano Marittima.
The Papeete Beach was born in 2000 and has now become a brand, which attracts all tourists on holiday on the Riviera, with its beach parties , the inevitable appointment with the Pink Night , the event held on the coast in the first week- end of July, aperitifs, entertainment on the beach, dancing and music at all hours.

  • How to get there: 10 minutes from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: the beach services are active in the summer from 8:00 to 21:00
  • Ticket cost: from € 12.00

7 – Salina di Cervia
he salina is located south of the Po Delta Regional Park and was most likely already known in Roman times.
Cervia is historically linked to its salt pan, which since 1979 has been established as a natural reserve for animal populations .
Visitors can admire the panorama of this natural site through excursions on foot, by bicycle, by boat, during which to devote themselves to birdwatching : more than 100 species of birds live in these places with a truly unique habitat, and in addition to the Heron and the Mallard, the Salina has become the home of many flamingos.
During the visit you will also have the opportunity to taste thesalicornia, a plant species that survives only in saline environments.

  • How to get there: 10 minutes by car from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: generally from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 19:00; in summer from 10:30 to sunset;
  • Ticket price: full € 3.00; reduced € 2.00

8 – Terme di Cervia
In the Natural Park between Cervia and Milano Marittima there is a spa that exploits the beneficial properties of the salt pan present in this area.
The main point of the spa is the swimming pool with a temperature of 33 ° and a high salt concentration, but inside the structure it is also possible to undergo massages, irrigations, muds, baths, therapies for some pathologies but also purely aesthetic treatments.
In particular, the mud that is collected in the basins is really effective for therapeutic purposes, from rheumatism to sciatica, and also for aesthetic treatments, as in the case of cellulite.
They are also comfortable for families with children, as there is entertainment for the little ones during the treatments .

  • How to get there: 20 minutes walk from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: from May to September from 7:00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 18.30; the Thermal Pool from 7:00 to 18:30
  • Ticket cost: starting from € 10.00

9 – Colonia Varese
Photo of ND. The structure was built in the late 1930s, it is an impressive concrete building that could accommodate up to 1,000 children . It is located in the northernmost part of Milano Marittima, on the border with the town of Lido di Savio.
The outbreak of the Second World War changed its nature, so it became a prison and then a war hospital. Since the 1950s the building has been in a state of complete abandonment and is owned by the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Although it was never rebuilt or renovated to give it new life, the complex in its particular condition attracts many visitors, especially photography lovers, who will have the opportunity to immortalize a site thatit still tells a part of Italian history .

  • How to get there: 27 minutes walk from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible
  • Ticket cost: free

10 – Cervia
Photo of Kaosrimo. Reaching Cervia is very simple, so it is worth going for a ride in this historic town of Romagna.
Definitely to visit the center, or Piazza Garibaldi , paved with river pebbles, where there are some important buildings, such as the town hall , dating back to the ‘700, the cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta , built at the end of the’ 600, with a Romanesque appearance with the exposed bricks on the outside, more sumptuous inside, where there are precious paintings by Procaccini, Cantarini and other 13th century painters.
The stop in the Grazia Deledda Garden is very pleasant, located right next to the cathedral, embellished with colorful plants and flowers that always look cared for with style and elegance.

  • How to get there: 28 minutes walk from the center of Milano Marittima (Rotonda I Maggio) – Get directions
  • Hours: always accessible; cathedral 8: 00-19: 30
  • Ticket cost: free

Milano Marittima itinerary in one day
Start your day having breakfast at BARuffa, and then head towards the beautiful pine forest , where you can spend some time in the shade of the tall pines. After cooling off, continue the tour towards the center, then pass Piazzale Napoli and visit the modern Stella Maris church . Now you can go to what is considered the center of Milano Marittima, or Rotonda I Maggio . Stop for lunch in the famous Loco Squad Osteria restaurant, where you can enjoy excellent fish in an intimate and refined atmosphere.
Treat yourself to the exciting experience of walking in nature surrounded by beautiful specimens of butterflies in the Butterfly Houses, inside the Cervia Natural Park. If you have a little spirit of adventure, then also dedicate yourself to the suspended paths to be done among the trees of the park.
If you want to complete the day in the name of “exploration” you can move to the center of Cervia, where you can visit the MUSA, the Salt Museum , and finally have dinner at the La Pantofla Circolo Pescatori restaurant. Alternatively, you can reach the beach and the nightlife areas, where you can relax and have fun until late at night.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at BARuffa – Get directions
  2. Pinewood of Milano Marittima
  3. Stella Maris Church (8: 00-23: 00, free)
  4. Rotonda I Maggio
  5. Lunch at Loco Squad Osteria – Get directions
  6. Casa delle Farfalle (for timetables, see the official website of the Butterfly Houses, € 3.00)
  7. Cervia Natural Park (9: 00-20: 00, € 4.00)
  8. Piazza Garibaldi of Cervia
  9. MUSA (14: 30-19: 00 and in summer 20: 30-24.00, € 2.00)
  10. Dinner at La Pantofla Circolo Pescatori Restaurant – Get directions

Where to eat in Milano Marittima

  1. Royal Beach : restaurant specializing in fresh fish dishes in a location directly on the beach
    Average price per person: € 28.00
    Address and contacts: Traversa VI – Get directions / tel: 335 143 9990
  2. La Baya Restaurant : informal restaurant with cuisine based on fish, meat and pizza
    Average price per person: € 22.00
    Address and contacts: Piazzale Genova, 3 – Get directions / tel: 0544994382
  3. Pumma Milano Marittima : cuisine specialized in gourmet pizza with organic ingredients
    Average price per person: € 22.00
    Address and contacts: Viale romagna, 1 – Get directions / tel: 0544992369

What to do in the evening: nightlife areas and the best clubs
Milano Marittima is certainly the ideal destination for those looking for nightlife. During the summer there are many clubs that organize parties and evenings practically every day . Many of the clubs are located in the center of Milano Marittima, and enliven the night of this town on the Riviera ensuring fun and entertainment for all tastes; every street bar, in fact, always offers different music, browsing through all musical genres.
Of course, there are also lounge bars where you can find a relaxing atmosphere with excellent local and international products.
Finally , the aforementioned beach parties at Papeete Beach deserve a further mention, which attract thousands of fun-seeking young people every year.

  • Pineta : disco par excellence in Milano Marittima, commercial house music and VIPs often present / Address: Viale Romagna, 68 – Get directions
  • Pousada Beijaflor : restaurant specializing in Caribbean cuisine / Address: Viale Francesco Rismondo, 1 – Get directions
  • Ciberia Casablanca : ideal place for aperitifs, born from the formula that combines street food with a real restaurant / Address: Viale Antonio Gramsci, 46 – Get directions

Plan your stay in Milano Marittima: info and useful tips

  • How to get there: by train Cervia – Milano Marittima (3.4 km). By car: A14 Bologna – Ancona motorway. Cesena Nord exit, follow the signs for Ravenna and take the E55, exit at Casemurate and then continue towards Cervia along the SS 254
  • How to get around : the best way is to rent a bike, or walk on foot.
  • Where to park : Piazzale Forli parking, right near Rotonda I Maggio and a few steps from the sea and Piazza Viale Romgna, both areas with rates starting from 1.30 per hour. A free parking in a strategic position and Piazza Andrea Costa Parking, just a few minutes from Milano Marittima.
  • Where to sleep: Hotels and b & b from € 55.00 per room – see the offers
  • What to see in the surrounding area : if you happen to be in the summer Mirabilandia (13 km away); Ravenna, rich in history and art (22 km away); Cesenatico (15 km away); the beautiful Rimini (35 km away)
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