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About Ravenna

Ravenna seems quite unassuming at first, picturesque, not large or especially grand. But it’s well known world wide for many amazing collections of mosaics. Some of these brilliant golden masterpieces are within rather simple looking terracotta coloured churches, which just seems to make Ravenna all the more romantic. Many of the best places to stay in Ravenna can be found within the pedestrianised historic centre of town in amongst the mosaics.

What not to miss

  • The mosaic collection is spread between several churches and baptisteries and date from the 4th to the 6th Century. Some of the highlights include the Basilica de San Vitale which has mosaics depicting the Old Testament and the Mausoleo de Gall Placida which is in the same complex. The Basilica de Sant’Apollinare Nuovo has 26 wonderful white robed martyrs. Then there is the Battistero degli Ariani and the Basilica de Sant’Apollinare. Ravenna’s collection has been UNESCO World Heritage Listed since 1966.
  • Ravenna is also where you’ll find Dante’s tomb and several impressive museums.
  • There are numerous,slightly lesser churches and monasteries, which in any other town would be a must see. Ravenna does spoil your eyes somewhat.
  • As well as working your way though the mosaic highlights, Ravenna is a lovely town to stroll around with cafes, bars and restaurants on every corner overlooking pretty streets and piazzas.

So with all these attractions, the city is a popular tourist destination. Anyone planning a trip should not leave it till the last minute if they want to book one of the best places to stay in Ravenna

The best places to stay in Ravenna

For a traditional stay

  • Awash with traditional charm, M Club is a delightful guesthouse in the heart of Ravenna. Elegant rooms are full of fascinating antique furniture as well as tasteful art work. A great place for those looking for some local Italian hospitality.
  • Within the network of Ravenna’s traffic-free streets close to the basilica, the Albergo Cappello is a traditional 19th Century hotel with seven romantic rooms. Each room has its own character, but expect high ceilings, chandeliers and antiques. There is also a restaurant and wine bar.

For a chic B&B

  • Santa Maria Foris offers six seriously stylish B&B rooms in the heart of the city. The perfect spot for a chic city break. And it's incredibly good value too!

For an apartment or villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The best airports for getting to Ravenna are Rimini (40 miles) or Bologna (45 miles).
  • For those who are keen on hiring a car, we recommend visiting our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The best time to visit Ravenna is in the summer months when the temperature sits comfortably in the early 20s.

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Best Hotels in Ravenna

  • Santa Maria Foris Ravenna 6 rooms from £75

    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from the Basilica San VItale and Piazza del Popolo square.
    Sailing  -  Perfect stopping point for a sailing trip around the Adriatic coast.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Air conditioningGardenPet friendlyParking

    Charming B&B in the heart of the Ravenna's old town. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, with elegant furnishings. Ideally located for exploring Ravenna's Roman and Byzantine rich culture with highlights such as the Galla Placidia Museum just a short stroll away. See More

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  • M Club Ravenna 4 rooms from £78

    City Style  -  Located in central Ravenna this is the perfect base from which to explore the city
    Value chic  -  Beautiful décor, a traditional stay - all at a great price
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful Basilica San Vitale or Basilica of Sant'Apollinaire Nuovo which are located less than a mile away
    Full of character
    ParkingNo pets

    Fifteenth century edifice situated in Ravenna's pedestrian area. The rooms are elegantly and traditionally decorated with lovely pieces of antique furniture. Wake up each morning to a generous buffet breakfast before exploring the city-a quaint and charming spot that's great value for money. See More

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  • Albergo Cappello Ravenna 7 rooms from £95

    Great walks  -  In a network of pleasant, nearly traffic-free streets
    Sights nearby  -  San Vitale Basilica; Church of San Giovanni Battista
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled access
    Recommended by  -  Fodors, Michelin Travel

    Traditional hotel from 19th century in city centre. Romantic rooms have chandeliers, high ceilings and antiques dotted throughout. Excellent authentic Italian cuisine in the restaurant and a lively wine bar. Historic, central and wonderful service. See More

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