Ravenna is gorgeous and sublime and rich in history, charm, and monuments. There are many interesting buildings by the Byzantines, especially in the archaeological area around the historic center.
Ravenna is famous all over the world for the mosaics, in fact, you will find mosaics from the Byzantines pretty much everywhere.
Not a lot of people decide to visit this place, unfortunately, because it is a bit off the path of the other most famous cities in Italy.
Ravenna is located on the east coast of the region Emilia Romagna, 40 minutes drive north of Rimini and a 1-hour drive more or less from Bologna.
The city was a very important port and is located on the sea in a strategic position that the Byzantines thought to use for their traffics.
If you are ready to discover the best things to do and what to see in Ravenna you are in the right place.
Ravenna What To Do
We can start our tour of Ravenna from the main square which is called Piazza del Popolo, from here you will be able to orient yourself around the city. Here you can find some of the most beautiful historic buildings in the city.
Then you definitely want to go visit the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia where inside you can find several mosaics from the empire of Constantinople, but in particular, the central dome is surprising, dominated by a blue background filled in with stars. (WOW)
From the outside, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is very simple but inside there are splendid mosaics, the oldest in Ravenna.
The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe is located a little outside the center in a city called Classe, visiting this place is a must because inside you will find some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world, this is one of the most important churches in the region.
The Domus Dei Tappeti di Pietra is an extraordinary underground archaeological site. The name already gives an idea of what it is and in fact inside it is possible to observe a myriad of mosaics, above all on the pavement.
The Basilica of San Vitale is one of the most important places 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 the list of World Heritage Sites.
If you don’t know it the poet Dante Alighieri is buried in Ravenna, here you can find his tomb that many people go to visit.
Il Mausoleo di Teodorico is an incredible structure that contains the remains of the barbarian king Teodorico, this structure and museum is located a little bit outside of the center of Ravenna and is one of the top places to go if you are in town.
Some other monuments and museum worth a visit are:
It is hard to pick just one single dish when you are in Romagna, the food is pretty great and all the people who live in this region are definitely happy when sitting on a restaurant table.
There are many typical dishes from Ravenna but here we are going to talk about the Cappelletti Al Ragù, which is a version of the tortellini in Brodo but with Ragù.
The Cappelletti are handmade kind of pasta made with eggs and flour and then filled in with the meat, mortadella, and other things.
Then the ragù is topped on the pasta and served on a place ready to be eaten.
La Piadina is a typical thing that you can eat while in Romagna and more specifically in Rimini, Cesena and it’s like a quesadilla filled in with local cheese like stracchino and Affettati like Prosciutto Crudo or mortadella.
Passatelli in brodo is another typical dish and is made with eggs and bread crumbs and dipped in beef broth.