Ravenna is the home of the Mosaic Basilica, with a delightful small town atmosphere
Ravenna is easy to get to from the A14. Follow the signs for A14D from the A14 East. The A14D ends some kilometres before Ravenna, but the roads to the town are clearly signposted. Once in the town, head for the centre (Centro). The town streets vary (as in all Italian towns and cities) with the main routes being large and navigable, the back streets being small and unsuited to large vehicles. As there are a number of ways in, make sure you have a town map before getting to the town, although this is good advice for any Italian town.
Parking is easily attained, some free away from the old town centre, and typically 3 euro for 2.5 hours on the main street near the entry to the old town within 200 metres of the Basilica.
There is a train station in Ravenna; there are main lines to Bologna and Rimini.
You can take a bus from any nearby town, it costs only a couple of euros.
There is an airport in the town of Forli' about 20 km from Ravenna. It serves Ryanair. The more expensive airlines fly to Bologna, about 80 km from Ravenna.
Walking. Ravenna is a walker's paradise, to say nothing of a shopping heaven for some. The old town is a mainly pedestrian area with cafes and bars on every corner and some hidden away through small access alleys. Note that everything is a little more expensive near the Basilica.
If you want to do any shopping, be aware that the shops in Ravenna observe a siesta from about 12:30 to around 4pm when the only things open are small bookshops and cafes.
The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo costs about 7 euro to enter and see the entire building and the amazing Mosaics. If you like old churches and interesting architecture, this is a must see.
For those interested in historical figures, the town also contains Dante's Tomb (He of the inferno). It is less than a 1km walk from the Basilica.
Sant' Apollinare in Classe, Via Romea Sud, ☎ +39 0544 473569. open Mon-Sat, 08:30-19:30, Sun, 13:00-19:30. Like many Ravenna churches, it is known for its exceptional mosaics.
Basilica of San Vitale, Via San Vitale, ☎ +39 0544 219518. open daily 09:00-19:00. huge church of San Vitale has mosaics everywhere, and it is considered a major monument in Western art history..
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Via San Vitale. open daily 09:00-19:00. cross-shaped structure housing the tomb of Galla Placidia, sister of Honorius and Empresss of Rome. Galla, who died in 450 AD, is one of history's most powerful women..
Take the time to walk around. The town is full of the most charming surprises, be it a cafe or the outstanding fashion shops.
Stylish fashions from all over Italy are available in the small boutique style shops. You won't find big stores here as you would in Milan or Rome, but there is a small town charm to them.
You are in Italy; eat Italian food. There are many small pizzerias and trattorias in the town that serve excellent and inexpensive fare. A typical meal of pizza and a beer will cost around 10 to 15 euro. In the main square, the cafe serves excellent Capuccino for about 2 euro.
The self-service cafe in the central market (just north of the main square and the Hotel Byron) is excellent for lunches (7,50 to 10 euros).
Hotel Diana Ravenna – Via Girolamo Rossi, 47 - Cap: 48100, Ravenna, Italy. . Telephone +39 05 4439164 • Fax +39 05 4430001. Three star hotel set in a 18th century building of the city centre of Ravenna, with 48 rooms and suites, and affordable rates to visit the Byzantine mosaic of the former capital of the roman empire. All the bedrooms of the Diana Hotel Ravenna come with private bath, satellite TV and breakfast included.