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Piazza Unità d’Italia

Piazza Unità d'Italia - Ravenna

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.


Art on walls: a cross-section of Ravenna at the beginning of the 20th century

On the wall of the portico connecting Piazza del Popolo to Piazza Unità d’Italia is a painting representation of Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Garibaldi, Via Gordini, Via Cairoli and Piazza Unità d’Italia itself, dating back at the beginning of the 20th century.

The work, realised by Catherine Horn and Gianni Todaro, depicts a portion of the map of Gaetano Savini, cartographer, historian and archaeologist from Ravenna (1850-1917).

It is thus possible to have an idea of how Ravenna had to look like at the beginning of the 20th century, with the shops and buildings located in the former Piazza Vittorio Emanuele – today Piazza del Popolo – and in the old Corte delle Antiche Carceri.

Further information

How to get there

Piazza Unità d’Italia can be reached through the portico of Piazza del Popolo or through Via della Tesoreria Vecchia if you come from Via Gordini.

On foot: the area is easily reachable on foot from the nearby railway station.

By bus: the area around the piazza is served by public transport. For more information:

By car: access to the historical centre of Ravenna is limited. For more information on parking areas, click HERE.

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Last edit:12 April 2022

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