> MIRABILANDIA :The Mirabilandia entertainment park is just a few kilometres from Ravenna. It is both a theme park and a water park. In fact, for a small supplementaryfee, you can enjoy MiraBeach, a wonderland of white sand, slides and swimming pools. After binging on sand and sea, it’s just what the doctor ordered for spending a day dedicated to sheer entertainment.
> MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS : Ravenna, a city packed with culture, was made a capital no fewer than three times over the course of its history: first, it was capital of the Western Roman Empire (402–476), then of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths (493–553) and finally of the Byzantine Exarchate (568–751). In the historic centre, among the walls and gates of the medieval city and just ten kilometres from the sea, one finds a wealth of world heritage monuments:
- The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (first half of the fifth century, after 426)
- The Baptistery of Neon (circa 430, decorated around the year 458)
- The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (beginning of the sixth century; partially redecorated in the second half of the sixth century)
- The Mausoleum of Theodoric (520 circa)
- The Arian Baptistery (first half of the sixth century
- The Basilica of San Vitale (first half of the sixth century)
- The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe (consecrated in 547, it is located in Classe, just 5 kilometres from the centre)
Near the city’s main square, Piazza del Popolo, one finds the Tomb of Dante Alighieri, next to the monastery of San Francesco, built in 1781.
Near the railway station, one finds the Rocca Brancaleone. This fortress was built by the Venetian Republic in 1457. Today a public park, it was originally part of the city walls. It is divided into two parts: the actual castle and the citadel, covering a total area of 14,000 m².
> THE PINE FOREST
Cited by Dante in the Divine Comedy, the pine forest is the symbol of Ravenna, and it is no accident that it also graces the city’s coat of arms. From Classe to the Valli di Comacchio, there is not a single stretch of coastal territory that is not touched by the cluster pine. There are plenty of areas to visit and explore, from the scrub surrounding the mouth of the Fiumi Uniti to that brushing the valleys, which served as refuge for Garibaldi and the Partisans. There, you will find nature paths, trails for long walks, riding grounds for horse lovers and playgrounds for little ones.
> THE RIVIERA
Experience the famous Romagna Riviera, enjoying everything from beach volleyball and windsurfing to beach tennis and cocktails on the sand. Sample typical Romagnese dishes at the many restaurants on the waterfront or up in the hills, and enjoy the nightlife after dinner at a street bar or one of the many discos in nearby Marina di Ravenna, Milano Marittima and Cesenatico.