Cesenatico is a small town on the Adriatic Sea, along the northeast coast of Italy, where historical artefacts and evidence of seafaring traditions coexist perfectly with a modern holiday resort. Old sailing boats are moored side by side with modern fishing vessels and together, with their movements out to sea and back again, these set the pace of the Canal Harbour designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Museo della Marineria dell’Adriatico is located in the innermost and oldest part of Leonardo’s Canal Harbour. It is made by two parts: the new Land Section and the Floating Section. Here visitors can see ten traditional boats that once sailed the upper and mid Adriatic, all featuring brightly coloured “al terzo” sails decorated with the symbols of the fishermen’s families and the propitiatory eyes and pulizòn (golden fleece) painted on the bows.