During my stay in small town Dozza I took a day trip to Ravenna by catching a short 40 minute train from Imola to Ravenna Station. When I arrived in Ravenna all I wanted to do was hit the beach but Ravenna is a city that holds a great deal of history within its eight acknowledged UNESCO World Heritage Sights so I decided I must indulge in a history lesson before I went on vacation for the day.
The main attractions out of these eight are probably the Basilica of San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placadia. The Basilica of San Vitale began construction in 526 and the Mausoleum in 430 and inside both you will find the most elaborately detailed ceilings of mosaics. These really are very impressive, so impressive that I left with an aching neck from staring up at the ceilings for so long! To see these sights it is only possible to get a combo-ticket (9.50 euro) that is valid for seven days and for five different sights. Four of these are very close together, The Basilica of San Vitale, The Mausoleum of Galla Placadia, The National Museum and The Baptistry of Neon. The last sight on my ticket I didn’t make as I needed to make haste to get to the beach, a 30 minute bus ride from the train station.
Ravenna is quite a beautiful city and a good choice for a day trip as it gives you a bit of everything, the history, the food and the beach all in one beautifully historic town. And if you happen to be there at night, there are beach parties happening all summer long.