Ravenna, a UNESCO world heritage city

Ravenna is a treasure chest of art, history and culture, a vibrant city with ancient origins and a glorious past. From the beginning of the 5th century, the city has been the capital of the declining Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric’s reign  and of the Byzantine Empire in the 6th century.

The richest heritage of mosaics in the world, preserved in the basilicas and baptisteries of the city, is a clear evidence of that extraordinary period. For their universal value and the uniqueness of their mosaics, eight monuments of Ravenna have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, namely Mausoleum of Galla PlacidiaBaptistery of NeonArian BaptisteryBasilica of Sant’Apollinare NuovoOratory of Sant’AndreaMausoleum of TheodericBasilica of San Vitale and Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe.

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At the same time, the city shows traces of more recent times, from the Middle Ages to Contemporary age. Some of the most celebrated instances are the Dante Alighieri’s Tomb, the Brancaleone Fortress (Rocca Brancaleone) and the incredible renaissance monastery hosting MAR, the City Art Museum of Ravenna, that organizes regular high-profile exhibitions and hosts a number of permanent collections.

A great variety of landscapes surround Ravenna, ranging from farmlands with fruit groves, marshes and canals flanked by typical fishing nets to centuries-old pinewoods looking over sandy, well-equipped beaches. Nine unique seaside resorts rise along its 30-km long coastline. Its beaches offer a wide range of facilities and leisure activities, such as games, sports and fitness, walks and rides, amusement parks (e.g. Mirabilandia), as well as sunshine, relax and culinary delights!

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