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10 things to see absolutely in Ravenna and surroundings


Ravenna is a city rich in history, charm and monuments. There are in fact many interesting attractions, legacy of Ostrogoths and Byzantines, especially in the archaeological area around which the historic center extends. In this article we want to enclose the 10 things to see absolutely in Ravenna and surroundings, but we are sure that walking through the streets of the city, everything else will also catch your attention and intrigue you a lot.

Index

  1. Piazza del Popolo
  2. Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  3. Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe
  4. Domus of the Stone Carpets
  5. Neonian Baptistery
  6. Basilica of San Vitale
  7. Archiepiscopal Museum of Ravenna
  8. Dante's tomb
  9. Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
  10. mirabilandia
  11. User questions and comments

1 - Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo it is the main square of Ravenna, so we want to suggest a stop here before visiting anything else. The square dates back to the th century and is characterized by several arches and a large square on which some of the most beautiful historic buildings in the city overlook.



  • starting from the station, you can board one of the many lines that reach the square or walk for about 10 minutes, continuing straight on along Viale Farini and Via Armando Diaz - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

2 - Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

The name of this monument is the same as the empress who ordered its construction in the th century, Galla Placidia. Its use is still uncertain, in fact one thinks of a funeral building or a simple chapel. Inside there are several mosaics, almost certainly Byzantine given the frequent visits of the empress to Constantinople, but in particular, the central dome is striking, dominated by a blue background full of stars.



  • is located in the historic center, reachable by several bus lines or in a few minutes on foot from the main central points such as the station or Piazza del Popolo - Get directions
  • open every day from 10: 00 to 17: 00
  • € 9,50 full - € 8,50 reduced

3 - Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe

This basilica it is located not far from Ravenna, precisely to Classe as its name already indicates. It was dedicated to the first bishop of the city, Sant'Apollinare, whose remains were brought there. Inside you can admire them several mosaics, always dating back to the Byzantine period, which depict saints and apostles, flower-filled valleys with rocks, bushes, plants and birds, and finally the inevitable figure of Sant'Apollinare.

  • is located 5 km from the center of Ravenna, reachable in just 15 minutes by car or with line 4 or 147 - Get directions
  • open every day from 8:30 to 19:30
  • € 4,00 full - € 2,00 reduced

4 - Domus of the Stone Carpets

The Domus of the Stone Carpets is an extraordinary underground archaeological site. The name already suggests what it is and in fact inside you can see a myriad of mosaics, especially on the pavement. These mosaics date back to the Byzantine period and are mainly in marble, finely carved and decorated with curious geometric figures.


  • In the historic center, reachable by bus 70 or with just a 15 minute walk from the station or a few minutes walk from the other historical sites - Get directions
  • open every day from 10: 00 to 17: 00
  • € 4,00 full - € 3,00 reduced

5 - Neonian Baptistery

The Neonian Baptistery it is also called the Baptistery of the Orthodox but it takes its name from the bishop who followed the work, Neone, even if the project was started by his predecessor, the bishop Orso. The structure has an octagonal shape and has a dome that has become the real jewel of the building thanks to its interior decorated with mosaics. The latter depict religious scenes and icons, such as the moment of Baptism and the twelve apostles.


  • is located in the historic center, 8 minutes walk from the station and a few minutes walk from other historical sites. It can also be reached by various urban transport lines - Get directions
  • open every day from 10: 00 to 17: 00
  • € 9,50 full - € 8,50 reduced

6 - Basilica of San Vitale

The Basilica of San Vitale it is one of the most important Catholic places of worship in Ravenna. Its architecture reflects the early Christian and Byzantine art, which is why it is really very beautiful, so much so that it has entered on the World Heritage List.


  • is located in the historic center, accessible by several bus lines or on foot in a few minutes from other historical sites and 15 minutes from the station - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • € 9,50 full - € 8,50 reduced

7 - Archiepiscopal Museum of Ravenna

As you may have guessed, you are in a city rich in monuments and historical sites related to religion. Could this kind of museum be missing? The Archiepiscopal Museum of Ravenna is among other things the first diocesan museum built in Italy. The exhibition itinerary inside is divided into four rooms containing history, archaeological finds and works of art.

  • it is located in the historic center, reachable by several bus lines in about 8 minutes or on foot in about 15 minutes - Get directions
  • open every day from 10: 00 to 16: 30
  • € 9,50 full - € 8,50 reduced

8 - Dante's tomb

Perhaps not everyone knows that the Supreme Poet, Dante Alighieri, lived his last years in Ravennaso if you are in town we recommend a visit to his sepulcher in the Basilica of San Francesco. Dante's tomb has become a national monument and an area of ​​silence has been established around it, called the "Dante area".


  • is located in the heart of the historic center, 5 minutes walk from the station and 2 minutes by bus taking one of the many lines that reach it - Get directions
  • open every day from 10:00 to 16:00
  • free

9 - Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo is another beautiful basilica of Ravenna which it houses the relics of the proto-bishop Apollinare, rescued from the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe following continuous pirate raids. Like all the churches of Ravenna dating back to imperial periods, also in this basilica there are many mosaics of unparalleled beauty.

  • in the historic center, reachable in 8 minutes on foot from the station and 5 minutes by one of the different bus lines - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • € 9,50 full - € 8,50 reduced

10 - Mirabilandia

Ravenna is not just history, art and religion. Could we not mention the renowned Mirabilandia amusement park? A large area set up with rides of all kinds, in which they are certainly not lacking games and shows to entertain visitors and ensure lots of fun.

  • it is located 12 km from the center, reachable in about 40 minutes by car or with lines 176, 147 and 4 - Get directions
  • variable according to the periods. It is advisable to always consult the official website
  • prices starting from € 14,90 and vary according to the type

Plan your stay in Ravenna: interactive map + info on hotels and tours

Ravenna is undoubtedly a very visited city because of its historical and artistic beauties, but also for the proximity of the famous Mirabilandia. In fact, in every period of the year it has a consistent tourist influx that grows even more during the summer being not far from the maritime area, which is also equally beautiful.
Reaching Ravenna is made simple and fast by the various rail and road connections as well as by a good and organized transport network urban and suburban e staying in the city is not that expensive as you might think. The cost of a standard hotel room in fact starts from € 40,00 per night with breakfast included and in a high season.

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