Of course we are willing to show you some of the highlights of Ravenna.
These highlights are part of our history so they are part of our lives.
However, Ravenna Greeters also want to show the things that you will not find in a guidebook or are hard to discover if you are just wandering about.
Mausoleum of Theoderic
The Mausoleum of Theoderic (Italian: Mausoleo di Teodorico) is an ancient monument just outside Ravenna. It was built in 520 AD by Theoderic the Great as his future tomb.
It was inscribed with seven other “Early Christian Monuments and Mosaics of Ravenna” buildings as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1996
Basilica of San Vitale
The Basilica of San Vitale is one of the most important surviving examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in Europe. The Roman Catholic Church has designated the building a “basilica”, the honorific title bestowed on church buildings of exceptional historic and ecclesial importance, although it is not of architectural basilica form. It is one of eight Ravenna structures also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is a Roman building and it was listed with seven other structures in Ravenna in the World Heritage List in 1996. The UNESCO experts describe it as “the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect”.The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450), daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I.
Aula Magna – Classense Library
The Aula Magna of Library is of utmost importance: built between 17th and 18th century by abbot Pietro Canneti, it’s adorned with statues, stuccoes and finely carved wood shelves, and decorated with frescoes and paintings by Francesco Mancini.
Visit Dante Alighieri’s Tomb to learn about how the Florentine poet’s politics led him to spend his final years in Ravenna. Dante Alighieri, considered among the most notable Italian writers in history, was buried in the city. Today visitors travel from around the world to pay tribute at his tomb. Visit Dante Alighieri’s Tomb to hold your own tribute, reflect in the peaceful atmosphere, admire the neoclassical monument and see the urn containing the epitaph written by Bernardo Canaccio.
The Romagna Coast
A great destination for an Italian seaside holiday, the towns on the Riviera Romagnola are packed with every kind of hotel, restaurant, bar and beach club, all of which are within steps of the sea.
The entire Riviera is an Eden for those who enjoy swimming, wind-surf and the beach. With it’s shallow waters and long beaches it is also ideal for family with children. Bellaria, Cesenatico, Igea Marina, Cattolica, Misano Adriatico, Riccione and Rimini are the most famous seaside resorts of the surrounding area, and are known all over Europe for their night life always exciting and lively.
Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo
The Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo is a basilica church erected by Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel during the first quarter of the 6th century. This Arian church was originally dedicated in 504 AD to “Christ the Redeemer”. According to legend, Pope Gregory the Great ordered that the mosaics in the church be blackened, as their golden glory distracted worshipers from their prayers. The basilica was renamed again in 856 AD when relics of Saint Apollinaris were transferred from the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe because of the threat posed by frequent raids of pirates from the Adriatic Sea.
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza del Popolo was built by the Venetians as the core of the renewal process carried out under the dominion of the Serenissima in the city of Ravenna. Its dimensions were defined in the years 1470 – 1480 after widening a small area along the bank of canal Padenna, that once flew under the present crenellated palace looking over the square. In 1681 di Da Polenta palace was demoloshed and replaced by the actual City Hall known as “Palazzo Merlato”.
The Archiepiscopal Museum (Italian: Museo Arcivescovile) is located next to the Baptistry of Neon and behind the Duomo of Ravenna. In the museum relics of early Christian Ravenna are preserved, including fragments of mosaic from the first cathedral church, and the chapel of Sant’Andrea, dating from the Gothic kingdom.