Sea Wedding

579th edition. The Marriage of the Sea has been revived in Cervia since 1445 with the rite of the ring and the rediscovery of traditions

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The ceremony planned for Sunday 21st May is postponed to Sunday 28th May, in order to ensure everyone's safety and a prompt return to normality.
The programme is planned in a reduced form. 

The event will take place only with the ceremony at sea in the presence of the authorities

Now in its 579th edition, it remains a fascinating event and one of the city's most heartfelt celebrations.

This ancient rite has been held since 1445, when the then Bishop of Cervia Pietro Barbo, on Ascension Day, on his way back from an embassy in Venice, was surprised by a storm, which he calmed by throwing his ring into the water.

The Archbishop of the Diocese of Ravenna and Cervia go out to sea on a fishing boat, bless the Adriatic Sea and donate a gold ring to the waters, thus continuing the vow made in 1445.

Cervia still relives the atmosphere and preserves the traditions linked to this rite.

On Ascension Sunday, the historic procession starts from Cervia's main square, Piazza Garibaldi, where lords, bishops, ladies and mayors parade in sumptuous period costumes, accompanying the ring that will be thrown into the sea in the historic ceremony of the "marriage of the city with the waters of the Adriatic".

Info and further details


  • Piazza Garibaldi - Cervia (Cervia)
  • Via Nazario Sauro - Cervia (Cervia)
May 28, 2023
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  • Free event

Information offices

IAT Cervia
Via Evangelisti, 4 - Cervia (RA)
+ 39 0544 974400 + 39 0544 977194 Opening: all year round
UIT Milano Marittima
Piazzale Napoli, 30 - Cervia (RA)
+ 39 0544 993435 + 39 0544 993226 Opening: seasonal

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Redazione Cervia

Last update 28/05/2023

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