Ravenna is an artistic city in Emilia Romagna, best for cultural weekend and holidays.
Stylish and welcoming, Ravenna is best-known for its artistic heritage and mosaics, but you will find more, not only culture: few kilometres from city centre lie the sandy beaches, the naturalistic area of Po River Delta Park and Mirabilandia, the most famous amusement park in Romagna.
For your stay, you can choose between seaside hotels and accommodations in city centre: in both cases travel distances are short and you can get to different localities in few minutes and change beach and city every time you want.
Arts and Culture
Ravenna, candidate city European capital of culture 2019, boasts amazing byzantine and medieval monuments and fascinating city views.
During its long history, Ravenna was Italy's capital for three times: in West Roman Empire, during Theodoric reign, king of Goths, and when Emperor Justinian reconquered Italy from the Ostrogoths.
Visiting Ravenna means discover the beauty of ancient mosaics, from V and VI century, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will find them in Sant'Apollinare Basilica (church), Theodoric Mausoleum, and Galla Placidia Mausoleum.
There are also many churches and monuments you can't miss: San Vitale Church, baptisteries and Dante's Tomb, father of Italian poetry.
Nature and sport
Ravenna is not just art, but a starting point of naturalistic itineraries. The city is surrounded by Po River Delta Park, where the wild nature predominates in a land made up of ground and water. Starting from the city, where you can visit NatuRa, Natural Science Museum, you can take many itineraries by walk, bike, boat or car, dependings on your preferences and explore rivers, canals, pine groves, flooded forests, typical houses and geti in touch with ancient traditions.
Resorts and areas around Ravenna are best for doing open-air sports. Many people like to take long strolls, or ride a bike on cycling paths through the pine forest. Most of these itineraries reach the beach, where you can stop for a break and eat something in one of the many restaurants or clubs and then start again, or, if you prefer, doing some water sports on the beach.