Previously home to a hippodrome, a velodrome and even a football pitch, the 37,500 square metre area of urban green space adjacent to the historic centre was transformed into the city’s Giardini Pubblici (Public Gardens) in the early 1930s, designed by Piacenza architect Giulio Ulisse Arata.
The gardens, which stand at the back of the Basilica di Santa Maria in Porto and the Museo d’Arte museum of the city of Ravenna, have a splendid iron gate with a fountain in the centre designed by the architect Arata himself. Today the gardens house the planetarium, the “Chalet dei Giardini” refreshment service, and a children’s play area.
Due to its size and the presence of tall trees, the park is an oasis in the centre of town suitable for family relaxation, walks and sports. In addition, in cooperation with the Association of Friends of Cardiology, an equipped fitness trail was also set up.
The park hosts many public events, such as “I giardini di primavera” and “I giardini d’estate” (Spring Gardens and Summer Gardens), with music, markets, dog shows and performances.