Why choose Ravenna

Nestled along the Adriatic coast, Ravenna beckons with a storied past, adorned by its status as the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Its warm Mediterranean climate offers a serene backdrop for exploring its UNESCO-listed treasures, including magnificent Byzantine mosaics that narrate tales of emperors and saints. Unlike bustling tourist hubs, Ravenna's tranquil ambiance invites cruisegoers to immerse in authentic Italian life, strolling its cobbled streets and savoring local delicacies like piadina, a savory flatbread. Amidst its artistic allure, Ravenna surprises with a unique claim to fame—it was the final resting place of the great poet Dante Alighieri.

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A central hub of world tourism, Ravenna boasts an unexpected gem: its ancient mosaics, whose intricacy and vibrancy have inspired artists and architects worldwide. While influencers may spotlight its grand monuments, Ravenna's charm lies in its hidden corners, where tales of conquest and creativity whisper through time. Admirers seek to replicate its artistic mastery, yet the city holds secrets beyond the mainstream gaze. From the cryptic depths of its basilicas to the quaint cafes of its alleys, Ravenna's allure transcends mere admiration—it captivates with a timeless mystique, drawing travelers into the tapestry of its storied past.

Sink your teeth into Ravenna's culinary masterpiece, the piadina. Picture warm, soft flatbread embracing a medley of local delights: creamy stracchino cheese, savory prosciutto, and tangy rocket leaves. This handheld delight epitomizes simplicity with every bite, yet its flavors dance on the palate like a symphony of Italian essence. Beyond the piadina, Ravenna tempts with treasures like cappelletti in brodo, delicate pasta parcels floating in rich broth, and zuppa di pesce, a seafood stew bursting with the briny bounty of the Adriatic. With each dish, Ravenna offers a tantalizing taste of culinary tradition, inviting you to savor its edible legacy.

Cruise lines navigating to Ravenna offer a tapestry of shore excursions that unveil the region's storied past. Explore the haunting beauty of the Basilica of San Vitale, adorned with intricate mosaics from the Byzantine era, or wander the ancient streets of Classe, once a bustling Roman port. Dive into the legacy of famed poet Dante Alighieri, who found refuge in Ravenna and rests in eternal slumber within the somber walls of the Dante's Tomb. With each excursion, travelers peel back the layers of history, immersing themselves in the rich tapestry of Ravenna's past and uncovering the secrets of its celebrated residents.