But it’s not all about the visuals, as there are also plenty of other attractions to explore, tantalising treats to taste and natural wonders to experience. So, whether you’re a culture vulture, a foodie fanatic or an outdoor adventurer, we’ve got a range of activity suggestions to help you have a fantastic 48 hours in Ravenna!
For culture vultures…Immerse yourself in the magnificent metropolis of mosaics, starting off at the Basilica di San Vitale - a stunning cathedral
Once you’ve finished exploring the cathedral, why not pay homage to one of the most famous writers and poets to come out of Italy, Dante Alighieri, best known for his Divine Comedy describing his journey through hell? Passing away in Ravenna in 1321,
If this isn’t enough to satisfy your Dante desires, there are also plenty of other landmarks related to the poet to explore. From the Old Franciscan Cloisters (a place of respect dedicated to Dante in an ancient convent) to the Basilica of San Francesco where Dante came to pray during his stay in Ravenna (and where his funeral procession took place after his death!), Dante
For foodie fanatics…Whilst all of Italy is undeniably renowned for its tantalising cuisine, Ravenna, in particular, has some tasty treats for you to sample during your weekend visit. First up, we recommend heading for a delicious evening meal at Antica Trattoria Al Gallo (algallo1909
Or, if you’re a big fan of seafood, why not try out Osteria L’Acciuga (
For outdoor adventurers…Whilst Ravenna is technically a city, there are still many natural delights to explore, making it a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Situated just a few kilometres outside of Ravenna is the Po Delta Park (
Another site of natural beauty just outside Ravenna is the Pine Forest of Classe. Whilst it used to be much more expansive, the wood now only stretches over 900 hectares but is still just as beautiful and important of a landmark to visit. Take a walk through the forest and encounter varying species of trees from holm oaks to hornbeams, privets to blackthorns, and perhaps stop to enjoy a picnic, and read a verse or two of Dante.