Exploring Ravenna Ravenna itself is a lovely town with charming streets filled with boutiques, cafés, shops selling regional produce, restaurants and gelaterias! The town’s central point is the picturesque Piazza del Popolo. From here, pedestrian only streets fan out in different directions. At certain points in the town, visitors will find large interactive screens which provide lots of information about attractions, shops and restaurants. The Via Cavour, Via IV Novembre and Via Corrado Ricci were my favourite streets. Via Cavour is the main shopping street and extends from the historic Porta Ariana to the heart of the city at Via IV Novembre, where you can find a plethora of restaurants and cafés. I discovered a fabulous restaurant in this street called Bella Venezia (reservations recommended). The food was superb!
find people crowding around Ca de Ven, a bar/restaurant that truly is an institution in Ravenna. The atmosphere is terrific, and if the restaurant is full, simply have a drink at the bar during Aperitivo (Italian Happy Hour) and dig into the Aperitivo buffet (the food is included in the price of the drink). I absolutely enjoyed my visit to Ravenna and wished I could’ve stayed longer—two days was a tad too short. I loved the laid-back vibe of the town whilst the UNESCO sites were truly awe-inspiring. Ravenna is easily accessible by train from Bologna and Rimini, about an hour from both. If you’re travelling through Italy and visiting Emilia-Romagna, don’t miss Ravenna! Interested in learning more about Ravenna? Be sure to check out this website.
Another restaurant in the same street I can recommend is Cappello. After having a gorgeous dinner at Bella Venezia, I made another awesome discovery: Papilla, one of the best gelaterias I’ve ever been to! There’s a chocolate tap near the entrance which made my mouth water the second I saw it! I chose two flavours (chocolate and mango) and had the cone filled up with more chocolate. The result: an experience I won’t easily forget! A walk along Via Corrado Ricci will bring you past other Ravenna attractions such as the Biblioteca Oriani at the Piazza Sant Francesco and Dante Alighieri‘s Tomb (prior to visiting Ravenna, I had no idea this famous poet was buried here). In the evenings, you’ll