Inside the Rocca Brancaleone fortress, a defensive structure built by the Venetians from 1457 onwards, there is a vast 17,000 sqm garden created in the 1970s.
Parco della Rocca, as it is known by locals, is a enclosed green space much loved by the people of Ravenna, who spend a lot of time here during the weekends.
Open during the day and closed at night, on the inside it is possible to admire the grandeur of the Venetian building, which has also been recently renovated.
A children’s playground, a skating rink, benches, fountains, a bar and the toilets make it a perfect place for children, but shadow and silence make it perfect also for everyone who looks for a quiet place to relax.
The park also hosts an educational trail with panels illustrating the historical and architectural features of the fortress and providing information on the plants in the park.
In some times of the year, especially in summer, the area of the so-called Cittadella is home to important theatre, music and cinema festivals.
Right here, in 1974, Ravenna Jazz – an important festival dedicated to the Afro-American music – was born. It is also the location for some shows of Ravenna Festival and for the screenings of an open-air cinema in summer.
An external green area, adjacent to the walls of the fortress, is dedicated to dogs.