A treasure chest of art, history and culture of inestimable greatness: a city with ancient origins and a glorious capital of the Roman Empire. Sea, art and power... Let yourself be captivated by the strategic position of Ravenna...
Complex of San Vitale in Ravenna
Complex of San Vitale in Ravenna, photo by Gabriele Quaglia, via Flickr

1. Best things to do in Ravenna (Emilia Romagna)

Like all capital Ravenna reveals signs of the merger of the Eastern Roman tradition: the mosaic, which is no longer understood as a coating, but as a component of the wall becomes the predominant form of art, from the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe. 

Ravenna is also different: it is nature, tourism, joy of living. 

For lovers of hiking, nothing can be more exciting than a stop of Punte Alberete, from silent flooded forest, home to rare species of birds, or a visit to the Museum of Nature of St. Albert, located on the edge of the lagoons. 

Why not stopping in the pine forests of Class, natural monuments included among the protected areas of the Park of the Po Delta

Close to the sea, it also offers nine resorts along its 35 kilometers of coastline... 

The beaches of Ravenna are born in harmony between sea, pine forests and valleys: latest and brand new opportunity to learn from the sky, photographing and filming at will early Christian monuments protected by UNESCO, the Oasis and the pine forests of the Natural Park of the Po Delta is RAVENNAINVOLO... try it! 

Brodetto is a typical dish of Ravenna
Brodetto, photo by Kate Hopkins, via Flickr

2. Taste and local food

In Ravenna you can enjoy tortelli, tortellacci, pappardelle, lasagne and Cappelletti. 

A dish served only here is the "tardura", pasta with egg and parsley to leave clotted in broth. 

Even the fish dishes are the highlight of the cuisine of Ravenna in particular the broth and meatballs dish Mare. A curious name is the "omelette with naked men", and a flat endangered is the "soup frogs. "

Moving on to desserts, here are the "savor" and "Sugal" two old jams made from the grape juice with grapes and savor the Sugal. A sweet "modern" is the dessert of San Michele, or more precisely "Dolz to St. Michael." 

Pialassa Piomboni
Pialassa Piomboni in Ravenna, photo by Luca Argalia

3. The Po delta Park and surroundings

An excellent opportunity to visit Faenza, an ancient city of ceramics, is the Palio of Niballo in June: you can continue by visiting the Renaissance castles of Brisighella and Riolo Terme

From the Valli di Comacchio in Ravenna, it is interesting to trace the "Garibaldi die" one of the most exciting pages of the Risorgimento; in particular, near Comacchio you can visit The Farm Guiccioli, where he died Anita. 

Russi and Bagnocavallo are small towns rich in art and history. Do not miss: A Russians, the Roman villa; Lugo, the Rocca Estense; Bagnacavallo, the eighteenth-century New Square, from the spectacular ovoid shape. 

The Parco della Salina di Cervia, gateway to the south of the Regional Park of the Po Delta offers a landscape of rare beauty, where hovering pink flamingos and other beautiful birds. 

Biker in Marina di Ravenna
Biker in Marina di Ravenna, photo by Ente Turismo Emilia-Romagna, via Flickr

4. Nature, sport and green itineraries

The Cycle Pineta di San Vitale - Casetto Quattrocchi is a path that crosses the historic Pinewood of San Vitale from south to north, from the House of Guardia di Ca 'Ponticelle to Casetto Quattrocchi. The dirt track racing in the mixed forest of majestic pines, flooded lowlands, clearings and dense shrub blackthorn, hawthorn and holly... but you can Ravenna from the heart of the city (of which a large area is the Limited Traffic Zone) and arrive at sea ​​and in the countryside it delves into the most picturesque locations in the environment of Ravenna, living witnesses of the marriage between land and sea over the centuries ... 

The bike path of Via Trieste in fact involves two stretches of Via Trieste, Ravenna is connected to the first and the second parallel to the banks of the brackish lagoon of Piombone. This last stretch of the trail connects with Canale windlass Via dell'Idrovora or, before adding the coastal Via Nations, with the narrow road in forest Pineta in Marina di Ravenna

Green itineraries in Ravenna, Delta Po Park
The Pialassa of Ravenna, photo by Leonardo D'Amico, via Flickrs

5. Where to stay in the city and surrounding

Discover amazing eco accommodations in the province of Ravenna: organic farms surrounded by nature, eco hotels in the historical center of the city, small B&B in old villages or ecofriendly camping overlooking the sea and surrounded by pine woods.

Discover all eco-friendly accommodations in Ravenna


by Angela Sebastianelli

Cover photo by Lawrence OP, via Flickr

Eco-friendly accommodations

Hotel Lungomare

Forlì-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 108,00 €

Villa Claudia

Rimini (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 86,00 €

Hotel Villa Rosa

Forlì-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 80,00 €

Hotel Villa Rosa

Forli-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 58,00 €

Hotel Metropolitan

Forli-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 144,00 €

Hotel Bel Sogno

RN (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 74,00 €

B&B Casa Cortesi

Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 72,00 €

Camping Villaggio del Sole

Ravenna (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 80,00 €

Hotel Imperiale

Forli-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 92,00 €

AyurvedAmare – B&B Ayurvedico

RN (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 120,00 €

Hotel Daniel Igea Marina

Rimini (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 95,00 €

B&B inFratta

Forlì - Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 60,00 €

Hotel Luxor***

Rimini (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 110,00 €

Appartamento nel Sangiovese

Forlì-Cesena (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 65,00 €

Hotel Granada

Rimini (Emilia-Romagna)

Starting from 76,00 €