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San Mauro Pascoli - Cesena (Technogym Village)

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Sunday 14  May 2023 32km Altitude gain 50mt
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Ancient name: Fundum Sancti Mauri

Foundation: 1191

In the 18th century, the city we know today took shape. At that time, the Torlonia princes founded one of the most beautiful agricultural estates in Romagna: the imposing structure of a marvellous, largely redeveloped farmhouse, known as “Villa Torlonia”, can still be visited today. On 31 December 1855, the great poet Giovanni Pascoli was born here. In 1932 the name of San Mauro di Romagna was changed by Royal Decree to “San Mauro Pascoli” to pay tribute to the poet. Today it is a world-famous shoe-making district.

Ecomobility activities: MetroSanMauro: an urban pedestrian route away from roads and traffic, with dedicated signposting. It is connected to an App about healthy lifestyles and route directions.

Local cuisine

Typical Romagna cuisine. From piadina to lettuce, the main product of the local agricultural production.

Points of interest

The Parco Poesia Pascoli ideally brings together the two places of Giovanni Pascoli’s memory and poetry: Villa Torlonia and the house where the poet was born. Villa Torlonia is a major place in Pascoli’s poetry. It was here, on 10 August 1867, that the faithful dapple-gray mare brought back Ruggero (the poet’s father) who was murdered upon returning from Cesena. Today the Villa is open to the public and its rooms house the Pascoli’s Multimedia Museum as well as shows, conferences, events. The home he was born in, now Museo Casa Pascoli, is the place of the poet’s childhood. The house preserves original furnishings, memorabilia and documents signed by him.



Nestled in the Savio River Valley, a few kilometers from the sea, the city of Cesena is an important art destination, known for good food and a thriving economy, especially in agriculture, and for being the city of Wellness. In fact, in Cesena, cultural tradition goes hand in hand with hospitality and living well. Known for being the City of the Three Popes, but also the cradle of Sport and two wheels, as a promoter in good practices of sustainable mobility and is included in the Grand Tour of the Savio Valley. The city is characterized by a very lively center, marked by a cuisine firmly anchored in the traditions of Romagna along with beign a modern and dynamic university hub that attracts more than 5 thousand students.

Cesena is also the city of the Malatestiana Library, the only example left in the world of a humanistic library perfectly preserved in its building, furnishings and it’s contents. Rising within the Franciscan convent at the behest of Malatesta Novello, it is today a splendid example of a monastic-Renaissance library, which has remained intact in every part due to the joint custody of the friars and the Municipality; it preserves the original furnishings and an important collection of illuminated codes, as recognized by Unesco, including it, first in Italy, in the Memoire du Monde program. During the rule of the Malatesta family (1378-1465) Cesena experienced an era of magnificence, capable of giving the city the present face that it still preserves today, despite the passage of time. It was the latter who designed the town with the walls, which are still preserved in their entirety, but above all, they engaged in the rebuilding of the Rocca, which, from the top of the Garampo hill, dominates the entire city, confirming itself as one of the best-preserved large fortifications in all of Romagna and one of the most appreciated by Leonardo Da Vinci.

In recent years Cesena has begun implementing the strategic vision of “Cesena Sport City”, a plan to promote inclusion through sport by combining motor activity and wellness. Cesena is an attractive year-round destination. Many important events take place here, including the very old and traditional St. John’s Fair on June 24, Piazze di Cinema in July, the highly popular International Street Food Festival in the first weekend of October, the Medieval Joust and the Acieloaperto concerts followed up by a slew of in open-air locations, with theater festivals and music nights, the winter calendar at the “A. Bonci” Theater by Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT/Theater Foundation, and the international trotting races at Ippodromo del Savio.


Cesena, thanks to its rich Romagna traditions, has plenty to offer to those who are looking to dip in traditional dishes.

When, between a cultural visit and a walk in the center, it comes time to go to the table, you can choose a typical Romagna restaurant, a bistro, an osteria or try street food. In fact, the International Street Food Festival was born here in 2000, becoming a periodic event that is always highly anticipated and attended. And street food of excellence is the piadina romagnola, called la pida’ in dialect.

It is a kind of disc of unleavened bread, often eaten in the characteristic kiosks, and accompanied by different fillings such as squacquerone (typical fresh and creamy cheese) and rocket salad, or by local cold cuts.

The crescione, on the other hand, is an elaboration of the piadina folded in half and stuffed before cooking. The herb one is the most common, but there are many types. The piadina must be kneaded strictly by hand and rolled out with a rolling pin. It is cooked on the testo (‘teggia’ in dialect), which is a red-hot terracotta or cast-iron griddle. But it is not enough to put together the right ingredients to produce an excellent piadina: also very important is the thickness, which often reveals the precise area of production. In Cesena the piadina is medium thick while, for example, in the Rimini area it is thinner.

From piadina to pasta dishes: a continuous trundle of goodness! Not everyone knows that there is no term “pasta” in the Romagnolo dialect: the homemade pasta dishes of Romagna cuisine, whether in broth or dry, and by extension all first courses, are called mnestra (“soup”). Mnestra sòta (dry) and “mnestra int e’ brod (in broth). Unlike other parts of Italy where “minestra” is exclusively a liquid dish.

Traditional soups in Cesena include those made with egg pasta sheets (tagliatelle, lasagna, passatelli asciutti or in broth, tagliolini, maltagliati), those with eggless pasta sheets (strozzapreti, pappardelle in broth), and stuffed pasta such as cappelletti (traditionally, the family meets on Christmas Eve to prepare them for the holidays) and tortelli.

Cesena’s fruits and vegetables, then, are a national pride. Crops include peaches, apricots, plums, Romagna strawberries, kiwis, apples, pears, and several distinctive varieties of cherries. Prominent among vegetables are potatoes, green beans, peas, lettuces, chicory, turnips, tomatoes, giant Romagna thistles, and violet Romagna artichokes.

Some of these crops are still in full production, while others now represent local or niche productions such as the Romagna shallot, which has been awarded the IGP label.

On the tables of Cesena, as well in the whole of Romagna, wine is widely present, called precisely ‘e be’ (drinking). Sangiovese, albana, pagadebit, trebbiano and cagnina are the protagonists of the barrels, cellars and hills of Cesena.

Moreover, Cesena is in a privileged geographical location: in addition to being just a few kilometers from the Adriatic Riviera and along the Via Emilia, it is at the gateway to the Savio Valley. Valuable and fascinating localities are promoted together under the brand ‘I Percorsi del Savio’ ( They are Cesena, Montiano, Mercato Saraceno, Sarsina, Bagno di Romagna and Verghereto. Here, local flavors and aromas are enriched with mushrooms, truffles, and chestnuts. Taste and tradition links that make Cesena and Romagna a land of hospitality and well-being.

Points of Interest

Biblioteca Malatestiana

The splendid Renaissance library (1447-1452) was commissioned by Malatesta Novello to M. Nuti for the old Franciscan convent. The original structure with its furnishings and its important collection of illuminated codices is wholly preserved thanks to the care of the friars and of the city counsellors. The Malatesta Library is the only example in the world of Humanistic Library perfectly preserved in the building, in furnitures and book equipment , as recognized by UNESCO in 2005, by inserting it into the Memory of the World Register.


Rocca Malatestiana

The fortress is located in the town centre of Cesena, very close to Piazza del Popolo. It rises at the top of the Garampo hill and is surrounded by the Parco della Rimembranza (Remembrance Park). This impressive fortress is characterized by panoramic battlements and striking walkways built within the curtain walls. The court also hosts a citadel that includes two imposing buildings, the Main or Male tower (Mastio), where some genuine tournament armours and saddles that were used for the Giostra d’incontro are exposed, and the Palatium or Female tower, were the Museum of Agricultural History is located. The construction works of the stronghold started in 1380 with Galeotto Malatesta, and continued with his successors Andrea and Novello Malatesta, the fortress was entirely renovated and completed in 1477 during the papal dominion. The fortress is part of a much larger fortification system that surrounds the town, a system that fascinated Leonardo da Vinci when, in the summer of 1502, he stayed in Cesena to inspect and overhaul the conquered jurisdictions forts and improve the town defence, upon request by Cesare Borgia. Some of his drawings of the Fortress (the walls of the Rocca Vecchia and the Rocca Nuova, and the Rastelli – the stockade and the main gate, the complete evaluation of the town walls, his notes on the customs and traditions of Romagna recorded on his notebook, are kept at the library of the institute of France in Paris.


Teatro “A. Bonci”

It is one of the main Italian historical theatres. It was built between 1843-1846, a project by Vincenzo Ghinelli, with a neoclassical facade recalling Piermarini and an interior with 4 grounds and gods, whose decoration is due to Francesco Migliari. The stage is one of the gratest in Europe, the acustic is quite perfect: this made the ‘Bonci’ very appreciated to actors and singers.


Palazzo del Ridotto

It is the main civic palace of the town and was erected between 1401 and 1403 (then enlarged between 1466 and 1472). It hosted the civic meetings (the ancient name ‘Conservato’ derives from the organ of the Conservatori). From 1722 the palace became meeting-point of the nobles of Cesena (meeting=’Ridotto’), who remade the façade in neoclassical style (Cosimo Moreli, 1782-87) in honour of pope Pious VI Braschi. Amazing the great bronze statue of the pope (F. Calligari, 1791).


L’Abbazia di Santa Maria del Monte

The Abbey of S. Maria del Monte is placed on Colle Spaziano, 10 minutes away from the centre of Cesena. The structure is mostly dating back to the Renaissance, even if the origins of the monastery are millennial. Among the several pieces of interest, the collection of votive tablets (ex-voto) stands out for its importance, with pieces dating back from the XV century to today.


Villa Silvia-Carducci

The History of Villa Silvia started in the 1874 when it became property of the Countess Silvia Pasolini Zanelli, who managed to made it out the parlor of the culture of Romagna. Some of the most famous intellectuals of Romagna attended the Villa: the writers Nazareno Trovanelli, Antonio Messeri, Paul Amaducci; musicians such as Balilla Pratella, Achilles Turks, Federico Sarti, the famous opera singer Alessandro Bonci and especially Carducci, which remains today, in the Villa, his bedroom, remained intact.In the evocative “Literary Garden” located around the villa, the visit is accompanied by an audio commentary that provides news, information, anecdotes and songs about the life of the countess and her relationship with Carducci and other intellectuals who frequented the house.Villa Silvia is now home of the AMMI (Italian Association of Mechanical Music), which develops the research, study, dissemination, preservation and restoration of mechanical musical instruments, with a rich library. Also, is headquartered in the villa, the museum “Musicalia”, permanent exhibition of musical instruments of extraordinary interest.


Technogym Village

The Technogym Village, created in 2012, reflects the vision of Nerio Alessandri, founder of Technogym, who, together with his brother Pierluigi and architect Antonio Citterio, conceptualised a place where lifestyle, quality, design and productivity are all combined. It is the first example of a Wellness Campus in the world that includes Technogym HQ, Research and Innovation Center, production facility and a huge wellness center open to all stakeholders – fitness operators, trainers, doctors, institutions, media – to experience firsthand Technogym wellness experience. Technogym Village is also a prototype of an healthy workplace: Technogym team members can take part in a Corporate Wellness program that includes corporate gym, healthy restaurants, sport programs, medical check-up and health services.



The Orogel Stadium “Dino Manuzzi” has a capacity of 24,000 seats, all seated and covered, arranged on two superimposed rows of grandstands. The Stadio Comunale di Cesena was the first entirely covered Italian stadium, designed with the highest safety standards, of modern conception, comfortable and economical, where the view of the match is optimal both from the separate grandstand and from the two curves, a stadium without a track of athletics and therefore with the public in direct contact with the players, creating an atmosphere of strong impact for the fans. The central location of the stadium and the peculiarity of the environment that surrounds it due to the presence of numerous commercial activities, the location between residences and school buildings, as well as the proximity to the railway station, meant that the project was not limited to interventions on the viability, functionality and safety of the work, but rather adopt a modern concept of the stadium which envisages its use not only for football, but also for a more social use at the service of the city, and therefore for better integration into the urban fabric , of which it constitutes one of the elements emerging from the skyline of the city of Cesena.



Cesena is the third-largest city in Italy in terms of the number of kilometers of bicycle paths relative to the number of inhabitants. An important milestone made possible by the ‘bicipolitana’ network (under construction): 135 kilometers (121 km + the Savio River cycleway) to be pedaled along the tracks of 14 lines to be traveled in the city, along the Savio and towards the sea next to the Pisciatello. The project aims to meet the accessibility needs of all citizens by promoting a balanced development of accessibility according to the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The bicycle network of the city of Cesena does not end at the urban territory: in fact, two bicycle paths start from the city of Cesena that reach the border of the two nearest seaside cities, Cesenatico and Cervia, following the banks of the two main watercourses of the Cesena territory: the Savio River towards Cervia and the Rubicone-Pisciatello stream towards Cesenatico. By joining the paths of these two trails, a route of about 50 kilometers of great historical and environmental charm has been created that can occupy the whole day.

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