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European Maritime Day 2022

Pala de André
19 - 20 May 2022
European Maritime Day

On May 19th and 20th 2022, Ravenna is ready to host EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY (EMD), in a special hybrid edition after a forced long break due to the health emergency.

What is EMD? 

EMD is an acronym created by the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE) and stands for European Maritime Day. It is an event created to celebrate the European Day of the Sea, taking place every year on May 20th.

EMD is a  annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy – fundamental themes for the wellness and prosperity of coastal communities. 

The main theme of this year’s edition – which will be discussed by professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia – is “Sustainable blue economy for green recovery”.

Ravenna will also host various high-level plenary sessions (about blue economy and marine environment), 24 stimulating interavtive workshops, 3 pitch stage sessions and a lot of networking activities. Moreover, this year EMD will host the 4 plenary sessions of the EU4Ocean Summit and its 4 workshops (on May 20th), focusing on Ocean and Climate, Food from the Ocean and Healthy and Clean Oceans.

The full programme of EMD will run also virtually via video conferencing (via Zoom or similar tool). It will also be possible to watch interviews, highlights from the conference and videos through EMD TV.

Ravenna Seaside Events: Conferences and conventions

In the month before European Maritime Day, the Municipality of Ravenna in collaboration with Centro Europe Direct della Romagna offers a rich calendar of events, meetings and conferences, which are an integral part of EMD in my Country.

The programme includes a series of meetings, conferences and exchange sessions on the environment, economics and socio-cultural discussions related to the sea, with the aim of making the city a large exchange, knowledge and study platform with an active involvement of the whole “sea community“.

The calendar of conferences, meetings and open days comprises more than 30 appointments that will take place until May 24th in Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste and other venues in the city.



In the days of European Maritime Day, the city welcomes the European sea community with a rich programme of guided tours, exhibitions and events in different locations of the city, which are open to everyone – citizens and tourists.

Until June 5th, Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste hosts Luca Barberini’s exhibition Oceandipity. A few months before the inauguration of the Biennial of Contemporary Mosaic, the city presents one of its most appreciated contemporary mosaic artists, famous at international level for its works related to the sea.

From May 14th to 22nd, Palazzo Rasponi dalle Teste also hosts Luigi Tazzari’s exhibition Navi e Marinai (lit. Ships and sailors). From May 16th to 31st, via Zirardini will host the EU4Oceans’s open-air exhibition dedicated to the sustainability of the sea.

From May 16th to 22nd the Darsena area will host an open-air exhibition realised in collaboration with Darsenale and dedicated to the Unesco World Heritage Monuments of the city and to the project of the pathwalk that will reach the drawbridge.

From May 20th to June 19th you will have the opportunity to visit the “diffused” photo exhibition Guardare Dentro in five different places – a visual report of the story of the Darsena-Gulli neighbourhood and its inhabitants.

Among the many appointments in the programme, the most charming one is Dancing Waters, a free show of dancing waters taking place on May 20th at 9.30 pm and 10.15 pm in the Darsena area.

In the days of European Maritime Day, it will also be possible to visit the ships of the Italian Navy and Coast Guard Aretusa and Aringhieri, anchored to the head of the Darsena Canal.

During the two days, you will have the opportunity to go and discover the city through many tours organised by Ravenna Incoming, from the most classical guided tours to the Unesco World Heritage Monuments to mosaic workshops in the historical centre and CESTHA (the Experimental Centre for the Protection of the Habitats) in Marina di Ravenna.

Citizens and tourists will also discover the city on two tourist boats (New Ghibli and Stella Polare) on the waters of the Darsena area, to get to know the Corsini Canal connecting Ravenna to the Adriatic Sea.

Finally, two proposals for nature lovers organised by Proloco Lido di Dante. Trekking Breakfast and Trekking Sunset with a walk to the bouth of the Bevano river at sunrise and sunset with breakfast and tastings (info:



Further information


  • Pala de André
    Viale Europa, 1 - Ravenna



Registration is compulsory. Register HERE before May 12th 2022.

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Last edit:17 May 2022