6 things to do in Ravenna
Former capital of Western Roman Empire, nowadays unofficial capital of Romagna
In its long history, Ravenna has been capital three times: of Western Roman Empire, The Ostrogothic Kingdom and Byzantine Exarchate.
Let’s see 6 things to do in Ravenna and its surroundings, with a day-trip from our Adriano Camping Village.
1- Signs of an ancient history
Ravenna has a remarkable history, its past has no comparisons with other italian cities. Ravenna had a leading role in European and International evolutions through the centuries.
Due to its important signs of this history, UNESCO nominated the city as a World Heritage Site with this motivation: “ the Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna are of outstanding significance by virtue of the supreme artistry of the mosaic art they contain.”
Here is a list of must see places in Ravenna, points of artistic and architectural interest that belong to human cultural heritage:
- Basilica of San Vitale
- Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
- Arian Baptistery
- Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
- Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe
- Archbishop's Chapel
- Mausoleum of Teoderico
2- MAR (Ravenna Art Museum)
Ravenna Art Museum (MAR) is housed in the monumental 16th century building called Loggetta Lombardesca, near to Santa Maria in Porto Abbey.
Meseum has an intense activity of preservation and promotion of the patrimony with a well-structured cultural production, by creating the International Mosaic Documentation Centre, and also an exhibition activity, allowing the results of the most advanced scientific research to be divulged.
Ravenna Art Museum’s collections include artworks by Bartolomeo Montagna, Marco Bello, Luca Antonio Busati, Giorgio Vasari and Guercino.
A visit at museum is one of the things to do in Ravenna, a charming and valuable place that allow to soak in Romagna and Italy history.
3- Dante Alighieri’s Tomb
Dante Alighieri died in Ravenna in 1321, after the exile from Florence.
After his death, funeral was held in San Piero Maggiore Church (known nowadays as San Francesco Church).
Dante’s tomb in Ravenna is placed inside a marble structure, whom is connected to the Basilica di San Francesco in Ravenna.
After a the harsh dispute between Florence and Ravenna about poet remains paternity, present tomb was built in 1780/1781 by italian architect Camillo Morigia, commissioned by Cardinal Luigi Valenti Gonzaga.
The homage to Dante’s tomb is a milestone for those who visit Ravenna and wants to know its historic and cultural value.
4- Piazza del Popolo
A diamond nestled in downtown, Piazza del Popolo is the place where for centuries Ravenna people (ravennati) met and argued about city themes.
Its current appearance is the result of Venetian domination. In 1483 Venetian architects laid the floor that we can admire nowadays.
One of the things to do in Ravenna downtown is to visit Piazza del Popolo, where you can have a coffee while you can appreciate architectural masterpiece as the 15th century Venetian Palace, 17th century Town Hall and the sculpturers of Ravenna’s Patron Saints: Sant'Apollinare and San Vitale.
Mirabilandia is the biggest Italian amusement park, with a total area of 850.000 sqm, located near to Ravenna.
The park is composed of an area of 30 hectares and a waterworld area of 10 hectares (called Mirabilandia Beach). The most famous attractions are: Katun Inverted Roller Coaster and the iSpeed Launched Coaster.
In Mirabilandia there is the world's tallest Watercoaster, called the "Divertical”.
Mirabilandia is a universe made of entertainment, shows and events that every year steal the heart of millions of visitors from all over the world.
This park is the most attractive place for a full of fun day-trip with the family.
6- Dolcevita Beach Club
After a long day walking around the city, among cultural places and amusement park, it’s the time of a dinner on the beach.
DolceVita Beach Club restaurant is renowned for special recipes of Romagna tradition and fanciful fish dishes.
A beautiful location on Punta Marina Terme beach, one of the purest and most charming place in Adriatic Coast.
Ravenna has a lot to offer to “culture lovers” and those who are looking for traditional and famous entertainment made in “Riviera Romagnola”.
Our suggest is to visit Ravenna at least twice: once in spring, for a pleasant walk among monuments and through the old downtown; once in summer, when the city and the coast are full of events, festivals and concerts.