CERVIA AND AROUND
There are two ways of seeing the world: you can journey to faraway places and discover different cultures, or you can travel just a short way from home and explore the history of your own country. We must learn who were to know who we are now. This is something my sister and I have done, by joining “io info“: a project run by the Municipality of Cervia. We have become a tourist information point, providing information and suggestions for our guests, to offer them all the enjoyment which our local area provides.
We would now like to accompany you, dear guests, on a voyage of discovery around Cervia and Milano Marittima, just like the one we did ourselves.
We can tell you that Cervia is one of the few Italian towns to be purpose-built as a centre for salt production: our so-called “white gold”, so desired but also so cursed.
Milano Marittima, the garden city, was designed by Palanti in 1912 as a place for the Milanese upper middle classes to take their holidays.
This same Palanti was the first to offer for sale his famous “7 cottages by the sea”. His own villa, which he left to his wife Ada, is now the only one we can see. The first high-rise building went up in Milano Marittima in 1956, consisting of holiday flats rather than offices.
We can take a canoe on the waterways, and go out to explore our “Saline” (salt-pans), where we can observe flamingos and other protected species, listen to stories, and admire the extraordinary beauty of this Nature Reserve.
From Cervia station, south of the Po Delta Regional Park, you can travel to Ravenna and see its world-famous Byzantine mosaics.