Ravenna is a very important city in Emilia-Romagna, for its history, art and culture. It has been a capital three times: first of the Western Roman Empire from 402 to 476, then of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths under King Theodoric from 493 to 553 and finally of the Byzantine Exarchate in Europe from 558 to 751. The magnificence of that period left a great heritage of monuments in this city: eight buildings have in fact been declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
Although this art was not born here, Ravenna is called the “city of mosaics”. Here this artistic form has found its widest expression, giving rise to Christian iconology, a mixture of symbolism and realism with Roman and Byzantine overtones. The Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Gallia Placidia, the Baptistery of the Arians, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, are just some of the wonderful buildings to be found in this city.
Its mysterious charm rooted in antiquity, inspired Boccaccio, Gustav Klimt and Hermann Hesse. Ravenna is a city of art, culture and history, but it is also hospitable and modern, as can be seen from the futuristic architecture of the new port with its PopUp Dock. You should visit this place at least once in a lifetime!