Cervia

Cervia is a town and commune in the province of Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna) in Italy. Originally called Ficocle, it was probably of Greek origin and was located midway from current Cervia and Ravenna. It is known that this originary settlement was destroyed in 709 by patrician Theodore for its alliance with Ravenna against the loyal Byzantines. Later the centre was rebuilt in a more secure position, in the Salina. This medieval city grew until it was provided with three fortified entrances, a Palaces of Priors, seven churches and castle (Rocca) which, according to the legend, was built by Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The name also changed from Ficocle to Cervia, probably referring to the Acervi, great amounts of salt left in the local evaporation pods. After a long series of event, it became part of the Papal States. As the time passed, the salt pod turned into a marsh, and on November 9, 1697 Pope Innocent XII ordered it was rebuilt in a safer location. The new city had huge silos for storage of salt, containing up to 13,000 tons. Until 1947 it was the seat of the diocese of Cervia. Sourced with thanks from Wikipedia Cervia Times gone by The Etruscans were the first to exploit the peculiarities of the “city of salt” by creating the first salt mines and the technique for collecting salt. The precious “white gold” of Cervia was widely used for food preservation and water purification and was sought-after my many other populations: the Umbrians, Greeks, Romans, and later on, the Venetians, Papacy, and people from Ravenna and other cities in Emilia Romagna, until the salt of Cervia was depleted after supplying the whole of Lombardy, Tuscany and Romagna. Finally, the “via del sale” (Salt Road) was famous for saving Giuseppe Garibaldi on his flight from the Roman Republic.

Reasons to visit The geographical position of Cervia and its baths is a great opportunity to combine a relaxing stay at the spa centres with the pleasure of the most beautiful and fashionable beaches in the Romagna Riviera and to visit some of the finest cultural attractions in Italy. In fact, Ravenna is only a few kilometres from Cervia, whose Byzantine mosaics are truly an artistic treasure. It goes without saying that the high level of hospitality, just like the entire Romagna Riviera, on offer is truly great value for money. And finally, a visit to Cervia means appreciating the specialities of the famous Romagna cuisine consisting of fish, piadine (flat bread) and, above all, very tasty and prized salamis and other cured meats. Sourced with thanks from Italia.it/ Graphic sourced with thanks from www.caitur.com/

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