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For other places with the same name, see Ravenna (disambiguation).

Ravenna is a city in Emilia-Romagna.


Ravenna is the home of the Mosaic Basilica, with a delightful small town atmosphere

Get in

By Car

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.

Get around

  • 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.


Ravenna is a city of ancient origins, founded between land and sea, at the edge of a lagoon at the mouth of the Eridano, an ancient branch of the Po Delta. Archaeological finds take us back 2500 years; a settlement probably of Umbran (or Tuscan) origin arose serving as a port . The city entered the sphere of Rome very gradually and it was the emperor Octavius Augustus, towards the end of the 1st century AD who realized the strategic potential of Ravenna as a junction for maritime and river traffic, isolated from the mainland but not exposed to the open sea, located inside a system of lagoons which could provide a formidable natural defence. The emperor strengthened the port aspect of Ravenna with a praetorian fleet of 250 vessels to control the eastern Mediterranean basin.

Ravenna is a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the first order; in its glorious past, it was capital three times between the 5th and 8th centuries and the magnificence of this period has left important remains that have come down to us today.

Ravenna is the city of mosaic art which found here its highest form of expression in a mixture of symbolism and realism, Roman and Byzantine influences and even today this ancient art hands down to in schools and workshops.

Within its ancient walls it keeps the richest heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. For this reason its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings have been acknowledged as world heritage by Unesco; the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Arian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Chapel of Sant'Andrea, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Basilica of San Vitale which is the greatest treasure of the early Christian era, and outside the city the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Those who see Ravenna fall in love with it just as happened in the past to Boccaccio who set one of his best stories here, to Gustav Klimt who drew inspiration from it, to Hermann Hesse who visited and dedicated some verses to it; Dante Alighieri found here his last refuge and Lord Byron lived in the Palaces of the centre his loves. You can walk Ravenna as Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, medieval, Venetian and finally contemporary, civil and hospitable, abundant with cultural events of international prestige.

The Basilica of Sant' Appollinare 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.


Take the time to walk around. The town is full of the most charming surprises, be it a cafe or the oustanding 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.


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Hotel Centrale Byron, 3 stars, in the centre of Ravenna, Italy. Tel.0039/544/33479; fax 0039/544/34114; e-mail: [email protected] . We, Hotel Centrale Byron, are a small hotel in the town centre and we are proud of our family run and informal ambience. You, in Hotel Centrale Byron, will immediately feel at ease thanks to the kindness of our staff. The quality of the accommodation is good and we can assure excellent value for money. We offer bed and breakfast service.

This is the ideal hotel for your holiday in Ravenna Italy or for your business trips to Ravenna or as a point from which to visit the great Bologna trade fairs such as the Cersaie, Saie, Lineapelle, Cosmoprof, Cosmopak.

Hotel Centrale Byron is located in the historic centre of Ravenna, close to car-parks and garages and is also near all the most important monuments of Ravenna and all the most interesting town areas; the hotel is both economical, and comfortable , and is equipped with lift, air conditioning and a meeting room for a max. 15 people.The functional furnishing of its halls and meeting room turns business meetings into pleasant events.

Hotel Centrale Byron is ideally located in the local quiet silent promenade area and also boasts a host of shops offering some of the most famous designer names; and is also near a wide variety of restaurants of all price levels, famed for the typical cuisine of the Romagna zone. Hotel Centrale Byron is near the railway station of Ravenna: if your luggage is not too heavy you can easily walk to the hotel (please see the "site" map). Hotel Centrale Byron is near the Alighieri theatre and the Rasi Theatre, it is also close to the Town Hall of Ravenna, and close to the University.

The most important monuments and places in Ravenna are within walking distance of the Hotel: such as the Basilica of Saint Vitale, the Galla Placidia mausoleum, renowned for its unique Byzantine mosaics, the Tomb of Teodorico, the Tomb of Dante, the Baptistery of the Ariani, the Neoniano Baptistery; thefore Hotel Centrale Byron is ideally situated as a base for all sightseeing of Ravenna.

Get out

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