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What to do and see in Ravenna

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Ravenna, capital of the province, is considered one of the most interesting cities of Emilia Romagna, especially for the complex of early Christian and Byzantine monuments that characterize it. The city was for centuries the center of the world, first as the capital of the Roman Empire, with King Theodoric of the Goths, then as the center of the Byzantine Empire. Furthermore, it was appreciated by many artists and writers such as Oscar Wilde, Lord Byron and Dante, of which you can visit his tomb, neoclassical temple that preserves the bones of the greatest Italian poet, who died in Ravenna in 1321. The protagonists are the famous mosaics that reflect the ancient history of the city; are works of technical perfection and characterize the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, a total of eight: the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placida, the Baptisteries Arian and Orthodox, Basilica Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and in class, the Archbishop’s Chapel and the Mausoleum of Theodoric. In addition to these monuments it is recommended to continue the visit with the central Piazza del Popolo with the Government Palace, now the seat of the prefecture which occupies two thirds of the square and the Town Hall. As for the coastal resorts there are Marina di Ravenna and Cervia; Milano Marittima, one of the most popular seaside resorts of the Adriatic coast with numerous nightlife. Faenza is famous worldwide for its ancient tradition of craftsmanship of pottery, to which have dedicated since 1908 the International Museum of Ceramics. In the town of Russi it is possible to admire the Roman Villa of the Augustan age; while, in Lugo, there is the “Pavaglione”, built starting in 1771 and completed in 1784 by Joseph Bell, an impressive portico, which stands on the site of an older porch, for the needs of the market in cocoons of the silkworm.

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