First Time Tourists Guide in Ravenna, Italy

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Ravenna is the capital city of Province of Ravenna, the region of Northern Italy.

Ravenna is famous for its church that has Byzantine mosaics such as Basilica of San Vitale and Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.

You have to try grill mora romagnola along with Sangjovese Superiore to feel the real taste of Ravenna.

Lastly, you have to capture the beauty of Mausoleum of Galla Placidia to mark your visit in Ravenna.

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SIGHTSEEING

Walking around in Piazza del Popolo may become a "shortcut" to getting know the city's vibe. In this square, you will admire the pair of columns topped by statues of saints and do not forget to stroll around the residence of aristocratic Da Polenta family. Piazza del Popolo is the historical centre of Ravenna which closed to Casa del Mutilati di Guerra, Museo Dantesco, and another city landmark.

Piazza del Popolo

The core historical plaza in Ravenna

Address : Piazza del Popolo, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

DOWNTOWN

The city center of Ravenna is lying in the area of Museo Dantesco which is a national monument built over the tomb of poet Dante Alighieri. The monument surrounded by a garden called zona dantesca that you must remain silent to giving respect to the deceased. The area of the tomb called Quadrarco di Braccioforte which is an ancient praying place. They build the monument to respect the ancestors of Italian literature and you may be amazed by its majestic building which has Neoclassical architecture.

Dante's Tomb

The tomb of the poet Dante, in a small neoclassical temple near the site of his funeral in 1321

Address : Via Dante Alighieri, 9, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

SHOPPING

When you are looking for a souvenir shop in Ravenna, Pylones Ravenna will give you everything you need. You can get a mug, notebook and any other cute things from the store. But when you need any other things like clothes or limited edition cosmetics which only sell in this city you can visit the next store since this street is full of stores.

Pylones

A gift shop in Ravenna Italy

Address : Via Camillo Benso Cavour, 87, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

FOOD & DRINK

When you are in Ravenna you should let your taste bud have a great experience by having a bite of grill mora romagnola (local little dark pig) which served along with a basket of piadina (Ravenna's authentic bread) or with pinzimonio (mixed of olive oil and salt from Cervia). Do not forget to dipped raw vegetables like carrot, radish, and celery into that sauce and you must take a sip of Sangjovese Superiore to complete your dining experience.

CULTURE

Ravenna is rich in cultural histories, as you can see that there are eight historical sites added to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. In the 5th century, this city becomes the capital of the Western Roman Empire and in the 6th until the 8th century, the city is the center of Byzantine government in Italy.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

The best time to visit Ravenna is from June to August, to enjoy the warm weather while doing museum hopping.

HOTEL

M club De Luxe B&B offers you more than another bed and breakfast, they offer the comfortable stay in simple but has classic Ravenna vibes in every corner of the room. The wooden ceiling and well-decorated wall will make you feel like in your own home. On the other hand, Hotel Palazzo Bezzi offers you a luxury stay in the city heart of Ravenna and you can enjoy the view of the city from your window if you book panoramic suites. The hotel uses noble materials, from pearly marble which used in the Byzantine Ravenna city to precious woods such as dark varnished oak to decor the room.

M club De Luxe B&B

A Bed and Breakfast in Ravenna Italy

Address : Piazzetta Gandhi, 26, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Hotel Palazzo Bezzi

A four star hotel in Ravenna

Address : Via di Roma, 45, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

RESTAURANT

Osteria al Boschetto is such a good place to go when you want to have fine dining in the outside hustle city life. The restaurant always welcomes its customers with outdoor seating in a beautiful garden which has a calm atmosphere and indoor seating which decorated like home so you can feel the comfort as a whole. They served meat and fish which produce by local farmers. But when you want to experience having a meal at the historical place and served authentic cuisine of Italy, you may head to L’Osteria del Tempo Perso. They have a warm and cozy dining room which dominated by brown wooden chair and table.

Osteria al Boschetto

Late-night food

Outdoor Seating

Cosy

Address : Via Faentina, 275, 48124 Ravenna RA, Italy

L’Osteria del Tempo Perso

A restaurant in Ravenna which served authentic cuisine of Italy

Address : Vicolo del Vecchio, 67039 Sulmona AQ, Italy

CAFE

Caffetteria Delle Rose will serve you right if you are looking for a coffee shop that has a soft but strong atmosphere in the dining room. This cafe is suitable for breakfast since they served pasta and some pastries. But when you are craving for something sweet you may head to Pasticceria Mosaico and get your pasticcini here. Along with the welcome and friendly staff, you can have a sweet breakfast in this cafe by order a cup of coffee or juice.

Caffetteria Delle Rose

A coffeeshop in Ravenna

Address : Viale Vincenzo Randi, 36, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Pasticceria Mosaico

A pastries which served coffee in Ravenna

Address : Via S. Cavina, 11, 48123 Ravenna RA, Italy

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Located a little bit far from the city Cabiria Wine Bar will give you an authentic feeling that you can only get when in Ravenna. You can order cold cocktails, wine or beer while letting the night slips at the outdoor seat or indoor seat of this bar. But when you are looking for a bar located in the city, Bar Alex & Paul is the right place to go. The most famous drink in the bar is their red or white wine along with great snacks. They will not let you leaving the bar before you get what you expect from them.

Cabiria Wine Bar

An authentic Wine Bar in Ravenna

Address : Via Filippo Mordani, 8, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Bar Alex & Paul

Happy hour

Great Cocktails

Outdoor seating

Address : Via A. De Gasperi, 11, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

INTERESTING PLACE

Ravenna is home to ancient cathedral and church, so you have to make sure that visiting Basilica of San Vitale is a part of your tour plan to amazed the beautiful Byzantine mosaics. This octagonal plan building has a combination of the Roman and Byzantine elements which built from 526 to 547. The next church to explore is Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo which dedicated to Saint Apollinaire. You have to get ready to be amazed by the exterior and the interior if this church since it is greatly illustrated the fusion between the western and eastern style's characteristic of the late 5th to early 6th century.

Basilica of San Vitale

Landmark octagonal domed church known for its elaborate, richly colored Byzantine mosaics

Address : Via San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Church built by Theodoric the Great as his palace-chapel, listed by UNESCO for its religious art

Address : Via di Roma, 53, 48020 Ravenna RA, Italy

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

You have to capture the beauty of Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and upload it in your Instagram feed. This building added to the UNESCO World Heritage List because of the beauty of its mosaics and the artistic design of the exterior. From the outside, Battistero Neoniano looks like a common building in the late 4th century but you need to be ready to speechless by its interior. The majestic ceiling mosaics is one of the reason a huge number of tourists make time to explore this ancient monument.

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

5th century chapel built in the shape of a Latin cross, embellished with colorful Roman mosaics

Address : Via San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Battistero Neoniano

Octagonal baptistery largely dating to the 5th century, renowned for its Byzantine mosaics.

Address : Piazza Duomo, 1, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy