RAVENNA, CESENA, FORLI', FAENZA are IMOLA are the most important cities of Romagna: a mix of art, history, good food and wine and the welcoming caracter of the people is what will make your trip to Romagna a unique experience.
Also known as the "city of the three Popes", Cesena was the birthplace of two popes (Pius VI and Pius VII) and hosted the bishopric of two others (Pius VIII and Benedict XIII). The old town, including many churches and palaces of great historical interest, art and culture, is bounded by walls, whose circle has been preserved almost intact, and several towers and gates placed at the foot of the ancient Malatesta fortress. In Cesena there is the Malatesta Library, built in the mid-fifteenth century , the first Italian civic library and unique example of medieval monastic library perfectly preserved in the building, furnishings and equipment in the book industry. UNESCO has recognized the cultural importance of inserting Malatesta, first in Italy, in the register of the Memory of the World.
Located on the Via Emilia between Imola and Forlì, just west of the center of Romagna , it lies at the foot of the first Faenza Apennines and it is bishopric of the diocese of Faenza - Modigliana, historically known for the production of ceramics. A classic name by which the inhabitants of Faenza are called is "manfredi", named after the family that ruled the city for long time. The city's origins are lost in mythology. It seems, in fact, that the Attic settlers, going up the Adriatic sea, founded Ravenna, were pushed inland and founded the settlement of Foentia. The city grew as a commercial center under the Etruscans and Celts offered her thanks to the favorable position from the intersection between the Lamone River, the Via Salaria, which through the Apennines, brought the salt in Etruria and Campania on the paved road Romans would have called aemilia.
The city is also known by the dialect nickname "Zitadon", the "Cittadone", to have been for long time the most populous city in Romagna, then topped both from Ravenna from Rimini. In history it was also called by the name of Livia. Forlì is located in the historic region of Romagna, aka, as Dante says in De Vulgari eloquentia, "meditullium", meaning the core area. This primacy is, therefore, also linguistic, in the sense that Forlivese is the typical Romagnolo dialect spoken in the other areas, even if one moves away from the center of the linguistic region, it is gradually losing some of the features. The city, founded according to tradition in 188 BC, in 2012-2013 celebrated its 22 centuries of existence.