Sightseeing churches water park historic sites Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Ravenna (province) > Ravenna

10 Of The Best Things To Do In Ravenna, Italy - Updated 2020

things to do in Ravenna
Chloe
Chloe
Updated

Ravenna is a beautiful city in Italy that’s known for its colourful mosaics and grand buildings. There’s plenty to see and do in Ravenna, including an abundance of basilicas and spectacular sights. Ravenna is famous for its well-preserved architecture as well as a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sights.

1. Basilica San Vitale

Basilica di San Vitale, Ravenna, Italia (1)
Source: Photo by user Чигот used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The Basilica of San Vitale is one of eight structures in Ravenna that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As a result, you can expect that this structure adds an incredible degree of importance and value to the city. In addition to this, it’s a great representation of some of the most beautiful early art and architecture in Europe. The basilica’s grandness will have you admiring its beauty and once inside you can observe its religious inscriptions. For only €9.50, this attraction is well worth the price.

Basilica San Vitale

Address: Via San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening times: 9am- 7pm, every day, April to October. 9am- 5.30pm, every day, November to March.

Website:

2. Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Basilica di Sant' Apollinare
Source: Photo by user

The Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo is a wonderful piece of architecture and was originally used as a Palatine Church for the Arian religion. Visitors of this historic structure can gaze in wonderment at its sheer beauty and bask in the glory of its well-decorated interior. The basilica features a cylindrical bell tower that is thought to have originated from somewhere around the 9th or 10th-century. Entry admissions to the basilica are priced at €9.50, which is a great price for such a beautiful piece of historic architecture. The interior is incredibly lovely and features a great number of some of the most ancient, original mosaics of all time.

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Address: Via di Roma, 53, 48020 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Times: 9am- 7pm, 1st March to 31st October.

3. Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Water well cloister - Museo Nazionale di Ravenna - Ravenna 2016 (2)
Source: Photo by user José Lu... used under CC BY-SA 4.0

The National Museum of Ravenna is home to a great variety of important archaeological artefacts, collections of artwork and numerous other notable collections. Located in the immense complex of San Vitale, the museum offers visitors the opportunity to learn all about the many different artefacts, while admiring the vast selection of important art pieces, statues and ancient weapons. You’ll be spoiled for choice when wandering around this museum, as there is plenty to see and investigate. Entry to the museum is priced at just €6, so you’re really getting a bargain here, considering how much knowledge you’ll accrue throughout your visit.

Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Address: Via S.Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Times: 8.30am- 2pm, Tuesday to Thursday. 8.30am- 7.30pm, Friday and Saturday. 2pm- 7pm, Sunday.

Website: Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

4. Safari Ravenna

Posted by Parco Safari Ravenna on Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Kids and adults alike will love the wildlife park that is Safari Ravenna. The park is home to over 450 animals and 40 different species, meaning that you can experience exciting wildlife firsthand! There are three different options for visiting Safari Ravenna, including a safari drive-through, a safari electric car tour and a safari train tour. Guests will be given the opportunity to learn some fascinating facts about the animals from the tour guides, who will only be too happy to ensure that your visit is an enjoyable one. Visitors are also able to feed some of the animals, providing a truly memorable experience for everyone. Admission prices start at €25 for an adult and €21 for children.

Safari Ravenna

Address: Via dei Tre Lati, 2, 48125 Savio, Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Times: 10am- 5pm, every day, April to September.

Website: Safari Ravenna

5. Dolcevita Beach Club

Doppio appuntamento con il Pianobar questa settimana: sabato dalle 20.00 alle 23.00 e domenica dalle 19.30 alle 21.30! Passate da noi per una serata dove il divertimento è assicurato.

Posted by Dolcevita Beach Club Punta Marina on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Dolcevita Beach Club is unlike any other - here you’ll get to enjoy a selection of beaches, bars, restaurants, tennis and volleyball courts and many children’s games. The club is located between the delights of the Ravenna pine forest and the gorgeous waters of the Adriatic sea. With so many activities to take part in, you won’t know what to do first! The Dolcevita Beach Club is an idyllic place to spend some time, from dawn until late into the night.

Dolcevita Beach Club

Address: Via del Campeggio, 99, 44029 Lido di Spina Comacchio FE, Italy

Website: Dolcevita Beach Club (in Italian)

6. Mausoleum di Galla Placidia

Mausoleo di Galla Placidia
Source: Photo by user

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia holds a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with seven other structures. It features breathtaking mosaic monuments, all celebrated as some of the most artistically perfect in the world. The magnificent interior of the mausoleum is truly wonderful and boasts features of marble slabs and plenty of colourful mosaics. It’s a magical place to spend an afternoon and it’s incredibly interesting to learn about the various religious aspects of the place. You can gain entry to the Mausoleum di Galla Placidia for as little as €9.50.

Mausoleum di Galla Placidia

Address: Via San Vitale, 17, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Times: 9am- 7pm, every day, 1st March to 31st October.

Website: Mausoleum di Galla Placidia

7. Battistero Neoniano

Battistero neoniano, int., lunette 07
Source: Photo by user Sailko used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Neon Baptistery is one of the earliest monuments in Ravenna and originates all the way back to the fifth century. The interior of the baptistery is ornately decorated and has lovely details of marble and mosaics. You can also see a depiction of Christ’s baptism, which is actually the most ancient depiction created in a mosaic.Visitors of all religions can appreciate the beauty inside this wonderous baptistery.

Battistero Neoniano

Address: Piazza Duomo, 1, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Time: 9am- 7pm, every day, 1st March to 31st October.

Website: Battistero Neoniano

8. Mirabilandia

Family-Adventure-Mirabilandia
Source: Photo by user Stefan Scheer used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Mirabilandia is the biggest amusement park in Italy and is home to a world-famous waterpark called Mirabilandia Beach. It’s also the proud owner of The Divertical, the world’s tallest watercoaster. With a height of 60m (196ft), it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. The park is also home to the second tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, so it’s clear that this attraction is the perfect place for every thrill seeker. With an abundance of rollercoasters and water rides, Mirabilandia is the ultimate place for a fun-filled day of adventure and excitement.

Mirabilandia

Address: SS16, km 162, 48125 Savio RA, Italy

Opening Times: 10am- 11pm, daily

Website: Mirabilandia

9. Archiepiscopal Museum

Archiepiscopal Museum
Source: Wikimedia

Located on the first and second floors of the Archiepiscopal Palace, this museum consists of many different artworks that once belonged to the ancient city cathedral. It’s decorated with wonderful mosaics and beautiful pieces of art. There are so many beautiful things to see in the Archiepiscopal Museum that you will thoroughly enjoy your visit here.

Archiepiscopal Museum

Address: Piazza Arcivescovado, 1, 48121 Ravenna RA, Italy

Opening Times: 9am- 7pm, every day, 1st March to 31st October.

Website: Archiepiscopal Museum

10. Dante's Tomb

Dantes tomb ravenna
Source: Photo by user Husky used under CC BY 3.0

Dante’s Tomb originates all the way back to 1782 and the aim of the construction was to restore the nobility and decency of Dante’s burial. The interior is covered with polychrome marbles and is the final resting place of the poet, Dante Alighieri. The tomb is also connected to the Basilica di San Francesco and features some of the most wonderfully preserved mosaics.

Dante's Tomb

Address: Via Dante Alighieri 9, 48121, Ravenna, Italy

Opening Times: 10am- 6pm, Monday to Friday. 10am- 7pm, Saturday and Sunday.

Website: Dante’s Tomb

Discover Ravenna

There’s so much to see and do in Ravenna that you won’t know where to start! The wonderful buildings, amusement parks and museums make for an exciting visit and a highlight of any trip to Italy.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

Hi! My name is Chloe and I'm a passionate writer about everything from beauty products to travelling! I run my own lifestyle blog which is full of life hacks, relationship anecdotes and travel...Read more

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Ravenna
Good things are meant to be shared!