In the Emilia-Romagna region of Northeastern Italy, the historic city of Ravenna lies about 10 km from the Adriatic Sea. An important hub in the Roman empire, it served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire, and later the Ostrogothic and Byzantine Italy. The Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and include fascinating attractions such as
- Basilica of San Vitale
- Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
- Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo
- Neonian Baptistery
- Archiepiscopal Chapel
- Arian Baptistery
- Mausoleum of Theodoric
- Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe
The city also boasts Mirabilandia, the largest theme park in Italy containing Europe’s second tallest Ferris wheel. Safari Ravenna, a Safari Park and Zoo, is also nearby where animals can be viewed by car or train tour as well as in the traditional zoo.
Ravenna Beach is a popular location for travelers and locals alike to take in the beautiful seascape of the Adriatic, where cruise ships dock with regularity in one of Ravenna’s main ports, Porto Corsini. The Marina di Ravenna, also a docking point for cruise liners, is a hub for tourists where you can enjoy bars, clubs, restaurants and stay at some of the most luxurious high-end resorts in Italy.
Ravenna is one of Northeastern Italy’s best-kept secrets. In this picturesque town, you can feast your eyes on the ancient Roman architecture along cobblestone streets and discover the town by bicycle along its many well-maintained cycling paths. Don’t forget to make time to try one of the local dishes like Piadina or Pickled Eels while you’re there!