Every art lover knows the treasures that Cesena jealously preserves inside its walls. Walking through the streets of the city centre, a standard tour should start from the Malatestian Library, the only humanistic library in Italy to be still unmarried. It was built in 1454 during the Malastestas government and it entered the Unesco register Memoire du Monde in 2005.
If you go there, you certainly will lose yourself among the collections of the Archaeological Museum or be amazed by the breathtaking view of the Palazzo del Ridotto and of the Franciscan Cloister.
Following the porticoes in Via Zefferino Re you reach Piazza del Popolo. This big piazza is all covered by river stones, while the spring Fontana Masini (1591) stands out right in its centre; maybe it is the most loved monument by people of Cesena. The 14th-century Albornoz Palace is used today as Town-Hall. It counterbalances the big Malatestian Fortress, which hosts the Agriculture History Museum. If you want to get there, you have to climb the Garampo hill, but once you are on the top, the beauty of the landscape pays back all your efforts.
Among elegant buildings, such as the Ghini Palace and the municipal Bonci Theatre, and wonderful piazzas, religious buildings have their importance too. First of all, the Cesena Cathedral (Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista), the main place of Catholic worship of the city deserves your visit.
The Romanesque style of its façade is in opposition to the rich Baroque frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto decorating the inside.
The 11th-century Benedictine Abbey Santa Maria del Monte is not far away from the centre and it has been lying there, on the top of the Hill Spaziano, since the 11th century.