Cesena and Rimini
A full day out to visit the small towns of Cesena and Rimini.
Heading east across the plain of Romagna our first stop is the city of Cesena. Here we visit the perfectly preserved Biblioteca Malatestiana. It is a Renaissance library that was established by Malatesta Novello in 1452 with over 300 valuable manuscripts in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The library’s collection was expanded between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries reaching over 200,000 volumes of books, manuscripts and codexes. It is recognized by UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register as a rare example of a Humanistic and first public library due to the vastness of its collections and intact architectural structure.
Moving onwards to the coast and the historical centre of Rimini. You can visit the outstanding Tempio Malatestiano designed for the tyrant Sigismondo Malatesta by Leon Battista Alberti. Its façade was never actually finished but the interior is considered a splendid example of Italian Renaissance. It is superbly decorated with friezes and reliefs by Agostino di Duccio, a fresco of Sigismondo by Piero della Francesca and a Crucifix attributed to Giotto.
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