Italy-Part 1 Cesena

Cesena Travel Blog

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Ceci and me: the train station upon arrival.
...Cesena has a great historical urban center, with narrow cobble stone streets made from lava rocks from the volcanoes of the south, bright color exteriors, and dense mixed-use buildings surrounded by gorgeous countryside with hills covered in a variety of crop including grapes, olives, artichokes, herbs, and a bunch of other foods that I have not seen up close. For dinner we went out for pizza, which is the best pizza I have ever had of course. Everywhere in Italy has their own style of pizza, with different shapes and types of crust. Even plain dough cooked with olive oil on top is considered pizza, pizza bianca. Someone told me that Italians do not know how to cook anything that is not Italian and I must agree. Whether you stay in or go out you will likely eat the same thing, pasta, pizza, meat, or my case simple grilled veggies.
Coutryside looking out from Ceci's parent's house
They eat a lot of dairy, so much that I had to cut it out because it was performing a number on my sinuses.

Ceci’s apartment is in the historic center in an old building that has been extremely well maintained and modernized. The next day we went to her parent’s for homemade lunch and I was surprised with an amazing mascarpone birthday dish, which was covered in the best sweet whipped cream I have ever had in my life made from Ricotta. Michele, Ceci’s younger brother jokes that his mom will make anything as long as she can use ricotta. The milk comes from the sheep of the local hills. Ceci’s mom said that if you buy in the market that day, it was made that morning at about 4am. Talk about a freshness so wonderful. I spent the rest of the day pool side, then Ceci, her brother, two of his friends, and myself went out to dinner at a great restaurant about 10 minutes outside Cesena located on a hilltop where you can see the cities on both sides ending at the Adriatic Sea.
part of the front of Ceci's parents


Ceci and I have gone the beach a few times in Pinarella, which is about 20 minutes away. They have an interesting privatized system of renting out lounge chairs and umbrellas, very different from the idea of public beaches in the States. So, if you lay your towel on the sand, they will just kick you off. Each rental business is equipped with a restaurant; showers, bathrooms, covered outdoor seating, racket and volleyball nets, and child play structures. The beach is dotted with different color umbrellas marking each business’s territory. It is quite a site. This late in the season, the water it quite clear and chilly, still not nearly as cold as my beloved Pacific Ocean off the central coast of Cali...
bvanb says:
actually my friend there is here now. so not really. but people are friendly. you will have no problem.
Posted on: Mar 29, 2009
catalina says:
I´m going there! and your writting is very helpful for me, can you recommend me any one there in the city please?
Posted on: Mar 26, 2009
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Ceci and me: the train station upo…
Ceci and me: the train station up…
Coutryside looking out from Cecis…
Coutryside looking out from Ceci'…
part of the front of Cecis parents
part of the front of Ceci's parents
Pool side at the rents
Pool side at the 'rents
Enrico and Franca: Cecis Parents.…
Enrico and Franca: Ceci's Parents…
Downthe main shopping drag after h…
Downthe main shopping drag after …
The plaza fountain
The plaza fountain
View from the castle: main area
View from the castle: main area
Market day in the main plaza. We n…
Market day in the main plaza. We …
View from the castle: out into the…
View from the castle: out into th…
Cecis apt: where I stayed, her ro…
Ceci's apt: where I stayed, her r…
The breeze way room
The breeze way room
into the bathroom
into the bathroom
The cool new style to me shower …
The cool "new style to me" shower…
toilet, bide, and large sink...lov…
toilet, bide, and large sink...lo…
kitchen
kitchen
living room
living room
Cesena
photo by: bvanb