The Public Gardens of Ravenna (about 37.500 square metres), once the site of the city hippodrome and velodrome, were designed and realized in the early 1930s by architect Arata as the first city park of Ravenna. Being in the very heart of the city, they have now become the main park of the city centre.
Their shape and especially the central parterre show the typical features of Italian gardens. However, the original gravel paths, the lawn squares and the hedges that used to decorate it until the early 1970s are no longer existing.
The entrance of the gardens is adorned by a beautiful iron gate, that remains closed at night. They host a Planetarium, a bar, a children’s playground, and public toilets. Thanks to the large surface and to the shady areas, the gardens are particularly suitable for relaxing, reading, walking, and practising outdoor sports. In the park, dogs are allowed only on a leash.
A “fitness trail” with wooden and iron equipment providing specific forms of physical exercise for adults and children alike has been realized inside the public gardens in cooperation with Amici della Cardiologia Association.
Everyday: 7.30am – 6.30pm
How to get there
The public gardens are located in the city center. Bus parking in Viale Santi Baldini (150m away), car park in Via di Roma (50m away). Bus Line 4 in Viale Santi Baldini. Close to Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo, (So-called) Theodorich’s Palace, City Art Museum of Ravenna, Church of Santa Maria in Porto, Teatro Rasi.