Ravenna Travel Guide

  • Dante's Tomb
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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 Things to Do

  • Basilica di San Vitale

    The third stop on our tour of Ravenna's mosaics was the Basilica of St Vitale (also included in the multi-site ticket we had already purchased.) This was the most lavishly decorated of all the sites we saw in Ravenna. The basilica was founded by Bishop Ecclesio following a journey to Constantinople with Pope John I in 525. It was consecrated in...

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  • Basilica Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

    On arrival in Ravenna we went first to this basilica and purchased the ticket that gives admission to 5 of the UNESCO World Heritage sites for €9.50. The church was built in the late 5th or early 6th century on the order of Theoderic, and was originally intended for Arian worship. After 540, when the city was occupied by the Byzantines, all the...

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  • Dante's Tomb

    4 out of 5 stars

    The poet Dante Alighieri died in Ravenna on the night of 13/14 September 1321 whilst in exile from Florence. The current tomb building was erected in 1780 at the request of Cardinal Legate Luigi Valenti Gonzaga, whose coat of arms can be seen above the entrance. A lamp hanging from the ceiling burns olive oil from Tuscany which is provided by...

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Ravenna Hotels

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  • Hotel Centrale Byron

    I'll never forget trying to find this place. We were driving along, slightly misplaced, when we saw...

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  • Astoria

    During my visit to Ravenna I stayed at Hotel Astoria. It is an ordinary three-star hotel, nothing...

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  • Albergo Cappello

    The worst thing about Albergo Cappello is that it is difficult to find. There is a discreet bronze...

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Ravenna Restaurants

  • Cà de Ven

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Enoteca vini di Romagna Found 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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  • Piadina

    5 out of 5 stars

    There are several stalls in the city where you can find this delicious typical sort of "tortilla". They are made out of wheat and....lard. You can have them in different ways, with sausage, herbs, etc. *Pic taken from the internet* I like them plain or with herbs.

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  • Gardela

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We did not have an auspicious entry to Ravenna. We struggled to find our hotel, and then to find the parking garage, so it was close to two o'clock before we were finally ready to settle down for lunch. We stumbled into a likely-looking trattoria around the corner from our garage. Our waiter practically slung the menus at us, and didn't make it...

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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

    Ravenna has, like so many other cities nowadays, taken to the good habit of placing rental-bikes at certain places over the city centre. However, when coming closer to the bikes you can see a paper sheet that tells that the "service is suspended from 12th January 2015 until further notice"! What a shame!! Why not remove the bikes in that case? I...

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  • Using the train.

    The Railway station is located a few hundred metres to the east of the city centre. It is quite small to be in a city the size of Ravenna, I think. There is an ATM (if I don't mistake myself), a combined café and fast-food outlet (very small), ticket counters and not very much more. Hopefully toilets but since I didn't visit them, I don't know for...

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  • Bike rental.

    Ravenna has, like so many other cities nowadays, taken to the good habit of placing rental-bikes at certain places over the city centre. However, when coming closer to the bikes you can see a paper sheet that tells that the "service is suspended from 12th January 2015 until further notice"! What a shame!! Why not remove the bikes in that case? I...

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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 - friend of women!

    When walking around on the streets I happened to come across quite an unusual mosaic on the wall of one tenement building. It said "Ravenna - città amica delle donne" which in free translation would be "Ravenna - the city friend of women".Discrimination?

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  • Look a little higher!

    When strolling around in such beautiful cities as Ravenna and other with a little older buildings, it is quite often rewarding to look a little higher than one perhaps most often does. There are often some unexpected and beautiful elements to be seen. If one takes the time to admire this, then there is a lot to be happy about in the everyday life...

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  • 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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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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    There're maps all over the...

    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

  • Giardino Rinaldo Da Concorezzo -...

    I've put this into 'off the beaten path' because although this small (modern) 'garden' is set between Basilica San Francesco and Dante's Tomb I suspect many people overlook it entirely.It's not particularly impressive from a garden point of view: just shrubs and trees and a few benches. But part of the garden contains some massive,...

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  • Torre Del Pubblico - Ravenna's Leaning...

    If you are wandering anywhere to the north of Piazza del Popolo you can hardly miss this vast chunk of masonry, leaning precariously over two roads and kept upright partly by the (old) building which adjoins it and partly by modern shoring.I can't find out anything about it apart from the fact that it dates from the 1100s, as many such towers/tower...

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  • 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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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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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Ravenna General

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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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  • 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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  • 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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