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The wonders of Ravenna

by keith jenkins

Above: The Basilica di San Vitale.


avenna is a small, historic town in the Italian

these significant attractions, the town is far from

region of Emilia Romagna. Located close to

over-run by tourists, allowing visitors to enjoy its historic

the Adriatic Sea, the town can trace its history

wonders at a leisurely pace. In addition, a large part of

back more than 2,000 years. Ravenna enjoyed a

Ravenna’s centre is a pedestrian zone—the only thing

prosperous period during Roman rule in the 1st century

you’ll have to look out for when you’re strolling around

A.D. before being occupied by a succession of other

are bicycles!

powers including the Ostrogoths and the Byzantines. Each ruler left his mark in the town, much of which

The mosaics of Ravenna

can still be seen till this day – that explains the fact

I was attracted to Ravenna after reading up about

that despite its small size, Ravenna boasts no less

its UNESCO sites and stunning mosaics but during

than eight(!) UNESCO World Heritage sites. Despite

my stay there, I discovered other great reasons


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