Ravenna (Emilia Romagna - Italy)
Riviera Romagnola tourist area
Ravenna 159.057 is a common coastal inhabitants, located 4 meters above sea level in the homonymous province, its territory covers an area of 652,90 sq km.
Ravenna is a city capital of the province in Emilia-Romagna.
It is the largest and historically most important of Romagna; its territory is the second area in Italy, exceeded only by that of Rome, and includes nine shores of the Adriatic Riviera.
Ravenna city of art and culture, city of mosaics, an ancient city that 1600 years ago was three times capital of the Roman Empire (402 - 476), the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths (493 - 553), and of 'Byzantine Exarchate (568 - 751).
The vestiges of this illuminated past the complex of early Christian monuments of Ravenna is inserted, from the 1996, in the list of Italian heritage sites by UNESCO, as a serial site "Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna".
In the second half of the twentieth century the city has experienced a period of great expansion.
Population growth was accompanied by a number of architectural projects that focus specifically Candiano around the canal, which connects the city to the Adriatic Sea.
The dock of the old city and port areas are at the center of the urban revolution that the city will know in the first decades of the twenty-first century with the creation of green areas, driveways, commercial areas, the water polo and the Technopole for energy.
The city center is 8 km from the Adriatic Sea, which is connected by a channel Candiano.
Urban offshoots reaching into the sea through the port of Ravenna.
The beaches of Ravenna are called "shores", administratively classified as fractions.
The nine beaches of Ravenna are defined, depending on the position relative to the channel port, in "Lidi Nord" or "Lidi Sud".
- North shores: Casal Borsetti, Marina Romea and Porto Corsini.
- South shoresMarina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, Lido Adriano, Lido di Dante, Lido di Classe and Lido di Savio.
The landscape in the villages located on the coast bearing the characteristics.
In the northern shores meet large stretches of water as the oasis of WWF Tips Alberete, inserted into spectacular "Pineta di San Vitale".
To the south the predominant element is the "Pineta Class" mentioned by Boccaccio in "Decameron" and Dante's "Divine Comedy."
The South shores are also those with the most marked imprint tourist, with a considerable range of hotels, restaurants and entertainment.
The last beach of Ravenna, "Lido di Savio" borders "Milano Marittima", the famous seaside resort.
The complex of early Christian monuments of Ravenna is considered UNESCO World Heritage Site; They are part of it:
- Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (first half of the fifth century, post 426)
- Neonian (430 around, decorated to the 458)
- Archbishop's Chapel (about 500)
- Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo (early sixth century, with partial redecoration in the second half of the sixth century)
- Mausoleum of Theodoric (approximately 520)
- Arian Baptistery (first half of the sixth century)
- Basilica of San Vitale (first half of the sixth century)
- Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe (consecrated in 547)
From the documents of the time, we know that Ravenna was equipped in the centuries VI and VII, and in the Upper and Middle Ages in many places of worship.
What remains to us is only a fraction of what was built.
Many buildings were destroyed, others were renovated and have lost their original structure.
The city is also famous for its events, including the Ravenna Festival, authoritative and recognized summer festival of music and theater that stands out for its intense programming with big names, and the cultural relevance of the themes around which organizes its activities.
The Italian text is taken from: Wikipedia