Most beautiful places to see in Ravenna and surroundings
A day-trip through the history and nature of the (unofficial) capital of Romagna
There are a lot of places to visit in Ravenna and surroundings: you can find a lot of charming locations with an ancient and meaningful history. Art, music, culture, food and much more.
Every visitor is satisfied by this city and its wide offer.
Let’s discover Ravenna and its terrory, find out the breath-taking nature of Romagna, artisan’s skills, artistic masterpieces and much more besides.
Ravenna and UNESCO Human Heritage
The value and the importance of Ravenna in european and international history is testimonied by UNESCO: in 1996 Ravenna has been included in the list of World Heritage Sites.
The old downtown hosts 8 ancient Byzantine and religious monuments (included in the list):
- Basilica di San Vitale
- Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
- Battisteri degli Ariani e degli Ortodossi
- Battisteri degli Ortodossi
- Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
- Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe
- Cappella Arcivescovile
- Mausoleo di Teodorico
These monuments testify an old and precious past, made of historical and religious events that involved the whole Italian peninsula and the rest of the world.
Brisighella and “Three Hills”
Let’s move in deeper Romagna and go on with our travel back in time.
Brisighella is one of the most beautiful village in Romagna well-known as “The three hills village”.
The charm of this village is enhanced by three surrounding hills: placed on this hills, there are a 14th century Castle, a Clock Tower of the 19th century and a 18th century church.
Strolling around the old village you can taste a medieval mood, walking through the an ancient alley called “Antica via del Borgo”.
Starting from the village, there are a lot of pathways that cross the hills and coast the Lamone River. It is a perfect place for whom who love trekking and open air activities.
Faenza and the MIR (International Ceramic Museum)
Talking about artistic, historical and handmade masterpieces, we must mention Faenza and its International Ceramic Museum.
Faenza is well-known in the world for its manufacture of glazed earthenware ceramic, known as “faience” (from the name of the city).
Laid at the bottom of Subapennine hills, this 60 000 people city is famous for the quality of craft products and ceramics.
International Ceramic Museum was established in 1908 by Getano Ballardini (italian art historian) for the purpose of safeguarding and enhance this italian point of pride.
Over decades, MIR has become an essential touchstone for divulgation and research in the field of pottery and mosaic.
Visiting MIR is like traveling through centuries, admiring the evolution of special artisanal tecnique and the mastery of craftsmen.
Cervia and “Magazzini del Sale”
Cervia is maybe the most fascinating place in Ravenna’s surroundings.
Our hint is to take an evening to amble through the downtown, have a dinner in a typical restaurant close to the canal, taste a fish dish in the candlelight.
Most famous product of this angle of Romagna is the salt. Cervia is well-known all over the world for the Salt evaporation ponds, that is a wonderful place to see and to pass through during the sunset.
There are a lot of organized excursion to experience this location in boat or bike.
In downtown you can find “Magazzino Torre” (1691) and “Magazzino Darsena” (1712): two old storehouses erected to store the salt of evaporation ponds.
The storehouses and the MUSA (Salt Museum of Cervia) are a significant way to discover and revalue the tradition of this territory as well as a suggestive locations for musical and artistic events.
Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola
Once again we must consider the beautiful Ravenna and Romagna’s nature, talking about Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola.
Established in 2005 by administrative Region of Emilia Romagna, the park covers a 6000 hectares area between Imola and Faenza.
The park is a point of reference for whom who love botany, stunning landscapes, trekking and mountain bike excursions.
The Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola is full of woods and chestnut grove, an interesting fauna and flora: walking in the park you may meet Eurasian eagle-owl or Peregrine falcon as well as roe deer or Least weasel.
This park is a paradise to escape the hustle of the city, diving in a wildness and pure nature.
It would take a few months to discover every precious place of Ravenna and its surroundings. There are so many artistic, cultural and historical points of interest.
We suggest to visit Ravenna at least twice: once in summer, for the nightlife of Riviera Romagnola; another time in spring/autumn, to know the real soul of the city.