Where once there was Corte delle Antiche Carceri, there is now PIAZZA UNITÀ D’ITALIA.
This small urban space in the heart of Ravenna, just a few steps away from Piazza del Popolo, it has recently regained its original function as a meeting place in the heart of the historic centre.
Frequented by families and children and surrounded by cafés, restaurants and window shops, today it is used as a location for small musical and cultural events.
The flooring made of Luserna stone slabs reproduce the layout of the ancient walls of the 15th-century prison.
A little further on, some columns (two of which were completely rebuilt in iron) redesign part of the courtyard of the old complex.
According to some studies, there probably was also an entrance to the prayer chapel managed by Compagnia della Buona Morte and related to the history of San Giovanni in Decollato.
The evocative name of the Piazza is also celebrated with a bronze statue dedicated to Cavour and Mazzini, “who fought for to unite and free Italy” and two trompe l’oeil frescoes.
The two paintings, realised by Catherine Horn and Gianni Todaro, depict citizens looking out of the windows as they celebrate the Unification of Italy and its fathers.