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Ravenna

Ravenna, a city of art and culture, is known mainly for its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings. The city enjoyed a period of rebirth from the end of the 10th century thanks to Ravenna archbishops who sponsored the construction of new religious buildings and the restoration of the great basilicas.

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Visitors Information

National Museum of Ravenna

Address: Via Fiandrini Benedetto, 1 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.215618
Email: museonaz.ravenna@novamusa.it
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna

How to get there
The Museum is situated in the old city centre, restricted traffic area. Bus stop n. 10 – 11 (Piazza Baracca). Piazza Baracca parking: short stop pay and display parking for coaches and cars (200 metres away from the Museum). Largo Giustiniano parking: secure pay and display parking (cars only) next to the entrance of the Museum. Close to Basilica of S. Vitale Fig. 5 and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Disabled accessibility

Fig. 52: The cloister of the National Museum in Ravenna. Credit: P. Bernabini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

Fig. 52: The cloister of the National Museum in Ravenna. Credit: P. Bernabini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

The Church of San Vitale

Address: Via Fiandrini Benedetto – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.541688
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual Visit to the Basilica
» Virtual visit to the apse of the Basilica
» Ravenna Mosaici

How to get there
Pedestrian area, central zone, line 1, bus stop at 200 m (Piazza Baracca), car park (paid parking in Piazza Baracca, secure parking in Largo Giustiniano), accessible to disabled people.
Close to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and National Museum.
The ticket office is set at the main entrance of the Basilica of San Vitale.

Fig. 53: Panoramic view of the basilica of San Vitale. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 53: Panoramic view of the basilica of San Vitale. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 54: Ceilings at the basilica of San Vitale. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 54: Ceilings at the basilica of San Vitale. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna

The (so-called) Palace of Theodoric

Address: Via di Roma – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.543711
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna

How to get there
Historic centre, limited traffic area, bus stop for all lines, railway station at 700 m, not accessible to disabled people.
Close to Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo and City Art Gallery.

Fig. 55: The so-called Theodoric’s Palace in 1905. Credit: Luigi Ricci, Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 55: The so-called Theodoric’s Palace in 1905. Credit: Luigi Ricci, Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 56: Columns on the facade of the Theodoric’s Palace. Credit: B. Babini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

Fig. 56: Columns on the facade of the Theodoric’s Palace. Credit: B. Babini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

Mausoleum of Theodoric

Address: Via delle Industrie – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.684020
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual visit to the Mausoleum of Theodoric

How to get there
Near the centre, coach and car park, picnic area, Information office, bus lines n. 2-5, mini lay-by, not accessible to disabled people. Close to Rocca Brancaleone.

Fig. 57: The Mausoleum of Theodoric. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna

Fig. 57: The Mausoleum of Theodoric. Credit: Municipality of Ravenna


Fig. 58: The Mausoleum of Theodoric (detail of the ornament). Credit: P. Bernabini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

Fig. 58: The Mausoleum of Theodoric (detail of the ornament). Credit: P. Bernabini, courtesy of SBAP-RA (MIBAC-Italy)

Basilica of San Severo c/o Classe archaeological site

Address: Via Marabina, 8 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.67705
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna

The archaeological area is temporarily closed in anticipation of the opening of the new Archaeological Park of Classe in Spring 2015. Fig. 30

How to get there:
From the centre of Ravenna, follow signs for Classe or Rimini for about 5 km, then turn left after the Bridge on the Fiumi Uniti for Lido of Dante; the entrance to the archaeological zone is a few metres farther on. Car and coach park near the entrance. Bus 4 from the railway station.Fig. 29

Basilica of San Francesco

Address: Piazza San Francesco, 1 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.33256
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna

Opening hours
Every day: 8.30am – noon/ 3.00pm – 6.00pm.
During the summer, it is highly recommended to visit the church either early in the morning or at sunset. Visits are suspended during holy masses (holiday hours: 10am, 11.15am and 5.30pm, this last is celebrated on Saturdays too).

Entrance Fee
Admission free

How to get there:
The basilica is situated in the controlled traffic zone of the city centre. Bus stop 20 m away (all bus routes), car park at 100m, coach park at 20m, partly accessible to disabled people. Close to the Gardens of Provincia Palace, to Dante’s Tomb and Dante’s Museum.

Arian Baptistery

Address: Vicolo degli Ariani – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.543711

How to get there:
Central zone, pedestrian area, 100 m from a public car park, bus stop at 100 m (all lines), accessible to disabled people. Close to Basilica of the Holy Spirit.

» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual visit to the Baptistery

Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe

Address: Via Romea Sud – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.473569

How to get there:
Village of Classe, 5 Km south of Ravenna, railway station at 5 minutes’ walking distance, bus line 4, car and coach park, accessible to disabled people. Close to site for camper vans and Information office.

» Virtual visit to the Basilica
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna

Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo

Address: Via of Roma – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.541688

How to get there:
Pedestrian area, central zone, bus stop for all the urban lines at 200 m, parking space for coaches at 200 m, car park at 100 m, railway station at 700 m, accessible to disabled people. Close to City Art Gallery, Theodoric’s Palace and S. Maria in Porto.

» Virtual Visit to the Basilica
» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Ravenna Mosaici

Neonian Baptistery

Address: Piazza Duomo – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.541688

How to get there:
Central zone, bus stop all lines at 200 m, car park at 50 m, accessible to disabled people. Close to Dome, Archiepiscopal Museum and Archiepiscopal Chapel.

» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual Visit to the Baptistery
» Ravenna Mosaici

Oratory of S. Andrea – Archiepiscopal Chapel

Address: Piazza Arcivescovado – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.541688

How to get there:
Central zone, bus stop all lines at 200 m, car park at 50 m, not accessible to disabled people. Close to Duomo, Neonian Baptistry and Archiepiscopal Museum.

» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual Visit to the Chapel 1
» Virtual Visit to the Chapel 2
» Ravenna Mosaici

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

Address: Via San Vitale – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.541688

How to get there:
Pedestrian area, central zone, line 1, bus stop at 200 m (Piazza Baracca), car park (paid parking in Piazza Baracca, secure parking in Largo Giustiniano), accessible to disabled people.
Close to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and National Museum.
The ticket office is set at the main entrance of the Basilica of San Vitale.

» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» Virtual Visit to the Mausoleum
» Ravenna Mosaici

Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

Address: Via Barbiani, 7 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.32512

How to get there:
Entrance from St Euphemia Church located in Via Barbiani. Old city centre, limited traffic area, accessible to disabled people.
Line n° 1(bus stop in Via D’Azeglio)
Cars: paid parking in Piazza Baracca and Largo Giustiniano (car park with custodian)

» Official Website of the Tourism Office of the City of Ravenna
» RavennAntica Foundation
» Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

Tourist Information centres (IAT)

IAT Ravenna

Address: Via Salara , 8/12 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.35404 – 35755
Fax: (+39) 0544.546097
Email: iatravenna@comune.ra.it

Open:
Weekday timetable: October – March: 8.30am – 6pm / April – September: 8.30am – 7 pm
Weekend timetable: October – March: 10am – 4pm / Christmas and New Year’s Day: 2pm – 6pm / April – September: 10am – 6pm

Languages spoken: French, English, German
How to get there: Central and pedestrian area. Public car park at 500 m Bus stop in Piazza Baracca (500 m) Line 1. Close to Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, National Museum and Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra.

I.A.T. Theodoric

Address: Via delle Industrie, 14 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.451539
Email: iatTheodoric@ravennareservation.it

Open
Up to September 30: 9.30am – 12.30am / 3.30pm – 6.30pm
October 1-27: 9.30am – 12.30am / 2.30pm – 5.30pm
From October 28: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Closed Christmas day and New Year’s Day.

Languages spoken: French, English, German
How to get there: Semi-central area next to Mausoleum of Theodoric. Bus line n. 2-5, car park and small rest area.

IAT Classe

Address: Via Romea Sud , 226 – Classe
Phone: (+39) 0544.473661
Email: iatclasse@ravennareservation.it

Open
March 8 – September 30: 9.30am – 12.30am and 3.30pm – 6.30pm October – December: 9.30am – 12.30am
January 2 to March 8: open weekend only 9.30am – 12.30am
Closed Christmas day and New Year’s Day.

Languages spoken: French, English, German
How to get there: Village of Classe, 5 Km south of Ravenna. Railway station 5 minutes’ walking distance, bus n. 4, Car and coach parking area next to Basilica of S. Apollinare in Classe. Accessible to disabled people.

Accessibility

Ravenna is located in the northeast of mainland Italy, between the Adriatic and the Apennines, 75 km away from the regional capital Bologna. An efficient network of highways, railways and airports enables it to be easily reached from both north and south.

The region’s main airport is Guglielmo Marconi airport in Bologna, the one closest to Ravenna is the Rimini-Miramare airport (60 km).

Ravenna can be reached via the A14 motorway or state highway 309 ‘Romea’ for those coming from the upper Adriatic area and state highways n.16 (along the Adriatic) and n. 71 (from Umbria) for those arriving from the south.
You can reach Ravenna by train via the Rimini-Ferrara, Ravenna-Bologna and Ravenna-Florence railway lines. There are several cycling routes from the city centre down to the sea and historic pine woods.

Train station
Address: Piazza Farini Charlemagne Luigi, 13 – Ravenna
Phone: (+39) 0544.21275 / 892021
» Trenitalia

Accessibility
In the center of Ravenna, 200 m from the pedestrian area. Bus parking nearby.
Nearby paid / free access parking spaces.
Available services and facilities.
Assistance for the disabled: everyday from 8am to 8pm.
A special space for the care of babies is accessible from the entrance hall of the railway station: stanza delle coccole or ‘cuddles room’. Open weekdays from 8am to 8pm. It is provided with a changing table, baby bottle warmer, tissues and diapers. The key must be requested from the Information office inside the station and an ID card is required.

By car
» How to get to Ravenna

Ravenna can be reached from the north via the A14 motorway from Bologna, where it branches off from the A1 motorway (‘del Sole’), in turn linked to the A21 Turin-Piacenza and the A22 from Brennero. 

The quickest way from Venice is still the ‘Romea’ (state highway 309), which is joined by roads coming from Padova and Ferrara.
If travelling from the south, another option besides the A1 and A14 motorways is the E45 highway which crosses the Apennines and links Ravenna with Rome and the ‘Adriatica’ (state highway 16).

By plane
» Bologna Airport
» Rimini Airport
» Venice Airport
These airports are connected to the major Italian and European cities thanks to both scheduled and charter flights.
It takes between one and two hours to reach Ravenna by car or train from Bologna, about two hours by car from Venice and under an hour from Rimini.

Accommodation

» www.turismo.ra.it/eng/Hotels-and-restaurants/Hotels
» en.ravennaintorno.it/Accommodation
» en.ravennaintorno.it/Accommodation/(loc)/Ravenna

About us

The Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali (IBC) of the Region Emilia – Romagna was founded in 1974 to support and advise the Regional Government in policy making and to act as an advisory body to local authorities in the field of cultural heritage. In 1995 the Istituto was reorganised under regional law n. 29, which reinforces its role as a “scientific and technical tool for regional planning in the field of artistic, cultural and environmental heritage”. As such, the Istituto “promotes and carries out research projects for the enhancement, restoration and protection of cultural objects, historical cities and cultural heritage in general, advising both the Regional Government and local authorities” and “exercising, within the framework of the law and regional planning and policies, regional administrative functions related to local authority museums and libraries”. These functions have been recently redefined by new regional legislation, Regional Law 18/2000 “Provisions concerning libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage”. The activities carried out by the IBC over the years and the important role it has played vis-à-vis the Regional Government have made it a unique organisation in Italy, with unrivalled experience in its field.

The IBC is made up of the following departments:

The Soprintendenza regionale per i beni librari e documentari (Regional Superintendence for libraries and archives)
The Architectural and Environmental Heritage Unit
The Museums and Cultural Heritage department
The Giuseppe Guglielmi Public Library
Polo Archivistico Regionale dell’Emilia-Romagna (Regional Centre for the preservation of born-digital records)

Address:
Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna
Via Galliera, 21 – 40121 Bologna
Telephone: (+39)051.5276600
Fax: (+39) 051.232599
ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it

Written by

Maria Pia Guermandi, Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali of the Region Emilia-Romagna
Manuela Pereira, Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali of the Region Emilia-Romagna
Silvia Urbini, Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali of the Region Emilia-Romagna

Acknowledgements

The realization of the CEC Project itinerary for Ravenna relies on the collaboration of the Municipality of Ravenna and Fondazione RavennAntica, headquartered in Ravenna. We thank the Soprintendenza per i Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici (Superintendence for Architectural and Landscape Heritage) for the provinces of Ravenna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, the ‘Opera di Religione’ of the Archdiocese of Ravenna and the Municipality of Ravenna for their kind permission to publish some of the photos used. We also thank professor Giovanna Valenzano of the University of Padua – Department of History of Visual Arts and Music and Valentina Manzelli of the Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of the Emilia Romagna Region for their contribution to the contents.

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