Ravenna Travel Guide

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  • beautiful and historical!
    beautiful and historical!
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  • Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna, June 2010
    Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna, June 2010
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Ravenna Highlights

  • Pro
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    oriettaIT says…

     Easy parking, lots to see, do and eat 

  • Con
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     I found it one of the more difficult cities to visit without speaking Italian. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Mosaics, Mosaics, and More Mosaics. 

Ravenna Things to Do

  • Mosaics

    “O lone Ravenna! many a tale is told Of thy great glories in the days of old: Two thousand years have passed since thou didst see Caesar ride forth to royal victory.” — from “Ravenna” by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). This poem won the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1878 Ravenna has a school that teaches mosaics arts, both their creation and their...

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  • Churches

    “Ave, vestal-eyed Ravenna! Grant at last the boon I crave Far from rush and crush of highways, In the hush of hidden byways Let me stand by Dante’s grave.” — from “Dante’s Grave” by Carl B. H. Wolff Founded in the fifth century, the Basilica St. Francis was rebuilt in the 10th-11th centuries over a previous church that was dedicated to the...

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  • Events

    “Lord Byron, who preferred Ravenna to all the other towns of Italy, and was influenced in some measure by his intimacy with the Countess Guiccioli, a member of the Gamba family of Ravenna, spent two years here (June, 1819, to October, 1821).” — from‘ Italy: Northern Italy’ 1903, by Karl Baedeker Piazza del Popolo can be considered the focal point...

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Ravenna Restaurants

  • Ice Cream Heaven!

    Ice cream to die for!We were just on our way back to the coach when I saw this ice cream (plus bakery?) shop.I just wish that I had bought a larger container of that coffee flavoured ice cream. Mmm...4 Euros for a large tub full.You must try it! Ice cream!

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  • Fine Dining At the Marina

    Opened just a few years ago, this very nice restaurant is among many others along the streets that run perpendicular to the marina. This is a very pleasant place in the evenings, far from the hustle and traffic in the center of Ravenna. It is almost like an island of peace, and I must tell you that we enjoyed the forested area that encloses the...

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  • Piadina A Local Specialty

    Enoteca vini di RomagnaFound in the very center of Ravenna, this popular enoteca provides visitors a chance to try Piadina of all types. Much like a heavy quesadilla, filled with your choice of fillings. They also have a nice wine list, but the house wine is not bad, too. We visited in the middle of the pranzo seating, and it was difficult to find...

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Ravenna Nightlife

  • Theater

    If I were to be accurate, I'd have to check off theater, concert, dance, and live music as the appropriate themes for this tip. For more than twenty years, each June and July, Ravenna has hosted a cultural extravaganza -- often siting the concerts, plays, operas or ballets in the mosaic-rich basilicas at its disposal so that tourists get an...

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  • Mambo caffe

    There's one day when they do a dance night with Matilda dj's . 2003 summer dancind night in Mambo was Thursday. For 2004 you'll have to check. crowded, crowded, crowded, but fun. Open- air with bars and other fun stuff. on other calm evenings Mambo Caffe is one of my fav to come to sit at the bar and to chat, not on weekends it's also nice to eat...

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  • A celebration of culture

    If I were to be accurate, I'd have to check off theater, concert, dance, and live music as the appropriate themes for this tip. For more than twenty years, each June and July, Ravenna has hosted a cultural extravaganza -- often siting the concerts, plays, operas or ballets in the mosaic-rich basilicas at its disposal so that tourists get an...

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Ravenna Transportation

  • Bycicles

    Emilia-Romagna region is one of the most active ones in using bicycles! Maybe one of the main factors of bike popularity is that these cities are between Alps and Apennines on the flat land which makes moving by bike comfortable and easy. City bike culture is typical to cities like Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara, etc. A bicycle is a mean of...

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  • Buses

    Buses are also quite comfortable to use. You should buy tickets in the places called Tabacchi (also cigarettes and stamps :)). you can buy a single ticket or a ticket depending on the duration of the time, there is a ticket for 75 minutes ride, you can take any buses in the area during that time. Ticket bought on the bus will cost you more. In...

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  • Transportation in general

    Emilia-Romagna region is one of the most active ones in using bicycles! Maybe one of the main factors of bike popularity is that these cities are between Alps and Apennines on the flat land which makes moving by bike comfortable and easy. City bike culture is typical to cities like Modena, Ravenna, Ferrara, etc. A bicycle is a mean of...

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Ravenna Shopping

  • Contemporary Mosaics

    “Ravenna is a miserable place: the people are barbarous and wild, and their language the most infernal paloii that you can imagine. He would be in every respect better among the Tuscans.”— from a letter, about Lord Byron, written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, dated 15.August.1821Least you think that mosaics are only on the walls of ancient churches and...

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  • Food market in Ravenna

    Located in a neighbourhood of Ravenna known for its markets since the 5th century AD, il Mercato Coperto is its modern descendant. The construction of a covered market at this site was first completed in 1869, but when enlargement was necessary a few decades later, the market was rebuilt from scratch. The existing structure is from this latest...

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  • Mercatino

    This is the cheapest place to find clothing actually because the rest of the shops in down town Ravenna are ridiculously expensive. Clothing, accesories, shoes. It depends on what are you getting. I bought for example some nice Summer trousers for 4 Euros....WOWOWOWOWOW!!! :o)

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Ravenna Local Customs

  • Ravenna's architecture

    For a city with such a large collection of astonishing churches and mausoleums, Ravenna lacks the equivalent in non-religious architecture. Walking around the city one rarely sees grand richly-decorated palazzi as in other Italian cities. Instead, most of the architecture is in the form of small, unadorned (albeit cute) townhouses, many of which...

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  • When in Rome (or Ravenna), do as the...

    I must have led a charmed life up to this particular venture to Italy, because in all the other countries I visited, English was either one of the standard languages or, in the case of France, I spoke the ambient tongue. I suppose I expected that many, if not most, of the hoteliers and shop keepers and transport personnel in Italy would speak at...

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  • Never on a Monday

    Not just inRavenna...many (perhaps most) Italian museums are closed on Mondays. This can be a spirit-killer if you're only in a city or town for a single day and the museums are unavailable, which is why the Spirit moves me to suggest that much of Italy's great art is found in its churches, virtually all of which are open every day of the week (and...

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Ravenna Warnings and Dangers

  • TAKE SUN GLASSES, even if...

    TAKE SUN GLASSES, even if you're going in winter, sun is prety often. This winter (2001) was really cold, dress up warmly. Another thing - smoking is very into fashion, especially among girls/women, as I don't smoke for me it was quite terrible. typical portrayt of italian woman in winter italian style - puffy black jacket, long sleeves of sweater...

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  • The only thing that can be...

    The only thing that can be dangerous here is ... to do too much shopping in the city centre, because you can find a lot of nice dresses of D&G, Versace and so on. I suggest you to visit the market on wednesday and on saturday morning near the stadium. You can find some cheap t-shirts, dresses and shoes.

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Ravenna Tourist Traps

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    by vysnaite Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There're maps all over the city pointing where you are and how to reach something. as I mentioned get a free one in tourist office. It's difficult to get lost there.

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Ravenna What to Pack

  • Some like it hot

    Although things tend to cool off at night, if you're an American and used to air conditioning, you may find that it is well worth your while to bring a small battery-powered fan with you, or to purchase a slightly larger fan which has the appropriate plug for Italian current. I brought two of the former and we never did get around to buying the...

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  • Laundry facilities are hard to find

    Given the paucity of laundromats -- I never found one -- it is probably wise to bring along a small bottle of laundry detergent (though shampoo will do in a pinch), clothes pins and laundry line. You can wash out your "smalls" each night in the sink, and periodically launder larger items when you have access to a bathtub.

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  • If you're used to wash cloths, bring...

    Our hotel in Ravenna included bath towels and hand towels, but not what we Americans call "wash cloths" (a small towel used to wash one's face). Luckily, my friend had brought a supply which could be left behind in each city, and I brought Olay's excellent cleansing tissues because that's what I use back in Rhode Island. But if you're younger...

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Ravenna Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a careful look about you

    We're all being told to stop and smell the roses. But seldom has a slow amble around an ancient city been so richly rewarded as it was the day I happened to catch sight of some chimneys in Ravenna, immediately next to the Tomb of Galla Placida. Since Ravenna was an ancient Roman seaport, one can well imagine that its residents might have seen the...

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  • Tickets to other objects- at...

    Tickets to other objects- at any object you buy one “visit card” it’s 7.50 euros, that’s your ticket to 6 objects. More about it you can find at : Ravenna Visit Card.Entrance to Dante's Tomb is for free, Teodorico palace for free, Mausoleo di Teodorico reduced 1 euro. Lovely church San Apolinare in Classe, not far away by car or bus from Ravenna,...

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  • Milano Marittima

    Another seaside place with wild night life. 15-20 minutes by car, with many bars in a center, many rich funcky people, the most famous discoe there is Pinetta. Though, a pleasure walk with some lurking in bars is strongly adviced. You'll see at least a few ferrari and porches on the streets (nice view, guys!!!).

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Ravenna Sports & Outdoors

  • In Ravenna

    In the city of Ravenna you can go jogging , there are good paths for that, roller skating if you wish, get a free bike at the tourist office for a day by leaving your document. There's one big stadium and a pool. I know there are some gyms, but I have never been at the ones in Ravenna, just I'm aware of their existance.

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  • Beach Sport

    Best conditions for the sports are at the beach, the closest beach is Marina di Ravenna. in almost any beach establishment you'll find campgrounds for football, valleyball, racchetoni, sometimes basketball, table tennis.Water bikes, cannoyas, scooters are for rent too, here you'll leave some money. At the port you can rent a boat. there's a diving...

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  • San Apollinare church

    This basilica was built by Theodoric sometime after 500 AD as an Arian cathedral (in the same era as the Arian Baptistery) dedicated to Christ; it was converted into a Catholic church dedicated to St. Martin around 560. The dedication was changed again in the 9th century to St. Apollinare, first bishop of Ravenna, when the saint's relics were...

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  • San Vitale church

    visit basilica di San Vitale - inside wonderful breath taking mosaics, dating 6th century. Loved also Gala Placida, small, full of mosaics and sarcofags, but wonderful. Nice Italian style old town with central square, other nice places. Tomba di Dante – Dante’s grave. Mausoleo di Teodorico , guess the name says it all, I liked it. Also you can go...

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  • More churches

    The Duomo is in the south of the town and, no surprises here, it's located in Piazza Duomo. It has been described as a Baroque hodgepodge and it certainly offers something different to the Byzantine nature of the town generally. Having said that, when you enter and are confronted by what is a relatively bland interior after you've viewed the...

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