From the iconic cities of Florence and Rome to the picturesque destinations of Positano and Capri, Italy offers a plethora of must-visit locations. Among the lesser-known gems is Ravenna, a charming northeastern Italian city with a rich history and diverse architecture reflecting its varied occupancies over the years. While not a typical tourist hotspot, Ravenna beckons travelers to take a detour from Bologna and explore its UNESCO-listed monuments, captivating mosaics, warm hospitality, and exquisite cuisine.
To help you plan an unforgettable trip, we’ve consulted with local experts who share insights on the best places to stay, including Casa Gugù, M Club, Villa Santa Maria Foris, and Hotel Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi. Additionally, our guide covers the top attractions such as Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Dante’s Tomb, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Basilica di San Vitale, and even hands-on mosaic classes at Dimensione Mosaico.
For a taste of Ravenna’s culinary delights, explore renowned restaurants like Antica Trattoria al Gallo 1909, Osteria del Tempo Perso, Ca’ de Ven, L’Acciuga Osteria, and Trattoria Ristorante Al Rustichello. Wine enthusiasts can venture to wineries like Tenuta Uccellina, Azienda Agricola Randi, and Zinzani Vini, each offering a unique experience in the heart of Romagna’s vineyards.
Ravenna is conveniently located just over an hour from Bologna, with direct trains and buses connecting the two cities. Whether you choose to travel by public transportation or rent a car for a more flexible itinerary, Ravenna promises a journey filled with hidden treasures and cultural wonders.