Port of Ravenna
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The Port of Ravenna is an ancient city that combines Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, and Venetian history. It is also a modern cosmopolitan city with a rich culture and many world-renowned cultural events, including the annual summer Ravenna Festival, an international celebration of music.

Only 12 kilometers from the Port of Ravenna Passenger Terminal, the Mirabilanda Park is home to a wide range of shows and attractions. This second-busiest theme park in Italy on the Emilia-Romagna coast offers a wide range of sports, happy hours, and dance parties. Visitors can enjoy golf, cycling, tennis, horse-riding, swimming, beach volleyball, windsurfing, jet-skiing, or boating. After getting a good work-out, they can go to the beach for drinks and dancing.

The Port of Ravenna is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage site that is made up of eight early Christian monuments. Mosiacs are vital to the Port of Ravenna’s heritage and cultural life. These glossy multi-colored glass and marble masterpieces remain today as they were when created in the 5th and 6th Centuries. The tradition still lives in the Port of Ravenna, and local craftsmen use the same tools, techniques, and materials as those of the ancient times. It is because of these wonderful mosaics that the eight monuments were selected by UNESCO.

Erected on the site of a Roman bath, the 430 AD Baptistry of Neon is the Port of Ravenna’s most ancient existing monument. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, also dating from 430 AD, is the earliest, best-preserved, and artistically-beautiful mosaic monument in the Port of Ravenna. Designed in the shape of a Latin cross, its cupola is entirely mosaics with representations of Jesus and the apostles. The Arian Baptistry from 500 AD was built by Ostrogoth king Theodoric. After the Christians returned to the Port of Ravenna, it was converted into a Catholic oratory, but it has since been acquired by the Italian government. The Archiepiscopal Chapel was a private oratory of the Trinitarian bishops built by Archbishop Peter II in 495 AD.

The Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo was built as a palace chapel by King Theodoric in the early 6th Century. The relics of Saint Apollinare were moved there in 856 to protect them from Adriatic pirates. The 520 AD Mausoleum of Theodoric is made of Istria stone with a 300-ton roof. With an upper and lower floor, the Byzantines removed the king’s remains and converted the mausoleum into a Christian oratory.

The 548 AD Basilica of San Vitale is the Port of Ravenna’s most famous monument and one of the best examples of Byzantine art in western Europe. Built while the Ostrogoths ruled Ravenna, it was completed by Maximian, the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, during the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna.

The 549 AD Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe is a Christian basilica of simple and pure design. An imposing brick building, it was most likely next to a Christian cemetery and perhaps above an older pagan cemetery.

The Port of Ravenna has many other wonderful locations and historic buildings that will keep visitors enchanted for days. The Port of Ravenna is a treasure of history, art, and culture. The Port of Ravenna holds the remains of the great poet Dante, author of the timeless Divine Comedy, in an elegant tomb and has a museum dedicated to him. It is home to several art museums and exhibits and historic museums containing ancient relics from Roman and Byzantine excavations.

Near the Port of Ravenna are nine seaside resort areas that line its 35 kilometers of coastline offering the Mirabilandia theme park, kilometers of cycle and walking paths, and many wonderful and beautiful parks. The reserve of Punte Alberete offers adventures in swamped forests that protect rare bird species and an excellent nature museum.

Travelers who want to visit the Port of Ravenna by sea can find a list of cruises by searching for “Ravenna” on the Cruise Compete website or by visiting the list of anticipated cruise calls on the Port of Ravenna’s website.

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