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Travelers to this part of Emilia-Romagna rub shoulders with about 130,000 residents.
The national capital of Rome is situated 170 miles south of Ravenna, while Alfonsine is 9 miles to the northwest.
Leave the grown-up world behind and be transported into a world of magic and wonder at Mirabilandia and CerviAvventura Adventure Park. Want more? Sala Giochi Hippy and Minigolf Centrale are sure to keep the smiles and laughter flowing.
Casa delle Farfalle is a terrific place to bring your family for an entertaining day among exotic animals. Be sure to ask at the entrance about feeding times and where to find the zoo's more unusual specimens.
Visiting wine enthusiasts will love the Fattoria Zerbina and the Vini Ferrucci Winery. Learn about the local winemaking traditions, enjoy a tasting session, and, to cap off a superb day, buy a bottle or two to take home with you.
Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the leafy, green surroundings of the Rocca Brancaleone and Parco della Salina di Cervia. Cervia Natural Park and Pineta di Classe are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon and catch up on some reading.
After a relaxing walk? You'll have a great time down at Marina Romea Beach, a glorious local chill-out spot.
It's been said that, "If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." Keep this in the back of your mind as you experience Pineta di Lido di Classe.
The area's exhibition spaces are a treasure trove of interesting stories and quirky facts. Enjoy the contemplative atmosphere as you admire the displays at the Ecomuseum of Marshland Civilization and the Museo D'Arte della Citta. Another two to look at are the Planetarium Ravenna and the Dantes Museum.
Those interested in biodiversity and natural history will enjoy spending some time discovering the specimens and objects at the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra.
To learn about the area's rich and fascinating past, be sure to visit at least one of its many remaining historical sites. Commence your history tour at Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Mausoleum of Theodoric. When it comes to bygone times, there's always something else to know. Arian Baptistry and Baptistry of Neon are two more great places to stop by.
In troubled times, Monte Battaglia Fortress and Rocca di Riolo Terme helped defend Ravenna from enemy attacks. If you have an interest in the military history of the area, their scarred old walls have plenty of stories to tell.
Peer into the past lives of some of the area's most influential people when you visit the stately grounds of Palazzo di San Giacomo.
Experience the region's spiritual side and take some time to reflect at Basilica of San Vitale and Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo. Ravenna Cathedral and Church of San Giovanni Battista are also interesting religious sites.
Why not take a walk through Piazza Garibaldi? This much-loved public square is a great place from which to go out and explore the surrounding city.
As you walk around, you'll find there are some impressive monuments and memorials in Ravenna. If you're interested in learning about the area's history, stop in at the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe or Dante Alighieri's Tomb. Rasponi Crypt and Torre Civica are also well worth a look.
To catch some home-grown or touring acts, book tickets to Teatro Comunale Alighieri, one of the best-loved performing art venues in the area. If you're feeling peckish after the show, head off for supper at one of the nearby eateries and try the local dishes.
Think you've seen it all in Ravenna? Think again. While the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia might not be the first attraction your guide book suggests, many travelers enjoy their time there.
Ravenna features hotels and visitor facilities for all types of globetrotters. Via the Expedia booking guide, you can compare up to 30 Ravenna accommodation options.
The Hotel Residence La Reunion, at Via Corrado Ricci, 29, and the Palazzo Bezzi, at Via Di Roma 45 are two of the higher-ranking accommodation options in Ravenna. Stay at either and you'll be bound to have the nicest guest amenities and hotel features in town. If you want to see what the budget options are like, the Al Battistero, at Via di Roma 97, and the Ai Giardini di San Vitale, at Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 63, are worth checking out also.
Located in the heart of Ravenna, this spa hotel is steps away from Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo and Museo D'Arte della Citta. Church of San Giovanni Evangelista and Rasponi Crypt are also within 5 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Cervia hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Minigolf Centrale, Adriatic Golf Club Cervia and Casa delle Farfalle. Museum of Salt and Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in the heart of Ravenna, this hostel is steps away from Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, Church of San Giovanni Evangelista and Arian Baptistry. Teatro Comunale Alighieri and Museo D'Arte della Citta are also within 5 minutes.
Located in the heart of Ravenna, this residence is steps away from Rasponi Crypt, Dante Alighieri's Tomb and Dantes Museum. Teatro Comunale Alighieri and Piazza del Popolo are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Arian Baptistry and Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo. Torre Civica and Piazza del Popolo are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Faenza, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Faenza Cathedral and International Museum of Ceramics. Fattoria Zerbina is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Situated in Ravenna, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rocca Brancaleone, Mausoleum of Theodoric and Church of San Giovanni Battista. Church of San Giovanni Evangelista and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Cervia, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Minigolf Centrale, Adriatic Golf Club Cervia and Casa delle Farfalle. Cervia Natural Park and CerviAvventura Adventure Park are also within 3 miles (5 km).