Ravenna, the city of art and culture, the city of mosaics, is an ancient city that 1600 years ago became the capital three times; of the western Roman empire, of Theodoric King of the Goths and of the Byzantine empire in Europe.
The magnificence of this period has left Ravenna with a great heritage of historical buildings. There are no less than eight buildings declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
The art of mosaics did not originate in Ravenna but its greatest expression is to be found here. It was here that Christian iconology originated, a mixture of symbolism and realism, of Roman and Byzantine influence.
Even today this ancient craft lives again in the schools and workshops but the beauty of the mosaics is not the only thing: in Ravenna one can stroll among the bell-towers and monastic cloisters, passing from Romanesque to Gothic, from the Giotto-like frescoes of Santa Chiara to the Baroque art of the apse in S. Apollinare Nuovo; from the tokens of the last refuge of Dante Alighieri to the Palaces that saw the loves of Lord Byron.
Whoever sees Ravenna falls in love with it today just as it happened in the past to Boccaccio who set one of his most beautiful novels here, to Gustav Klimt who drew obvious inspiration from it, to Hermann Hesse who dedicated some verses to it while visiting.
Ravenna is Roman, Gothic, Byzantine and also medieval, Venetian and finally modern, civil and hospitable, with abundant cultural events and prestigious international occasions that project it into the future.