Two cities packed with art and culture.
Ravenna is the capital of mosaic both ancient and modern, and boasts a total of 8 monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, including the Byzantine basilicas of San Vitale and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and the mausoleums of Galla Placidia and Theoderic.
Ferrara, meanwhile, is famous for theRenaissance wonders in its historic centre, such as the magnificent Estense Castle and the Diamond Palace, and for its Delizie estensi(Este delights), the residences of the Dukes of Este dotted around the city and the surrounding countryside, like the Palazzo Schifanoia or Mesola Castle.
This destination is also attractive for lovers of nature and lovely scenery. The Po Delta Regional Park is the ideal place for bike rides and offers fantastic opportunities for birdwatching in the Comacchio salt marshes.
Visitors seeking a completely relaxing holiday can choose from kilometres of coastline, from the Lidi Ferraresi to the beaches of Ravenna, while those looking for family fun can spend a day at Mirabilandia, Italy’s biggest theme park.
Not forgetting the numerous events and shows that enliven this area, like the Palio of Ferrara, Ravenna Festival, theFerrara Buskers Festival, which attracts street artists from all over the world, and the International Festival, which hosts conferences, seminars and debates with journalists, economists and writers from around the world.
Admire the mosaics in the Basilicas and other early Christian monuments in Ravenna, a World Heritage site.
Stroll in the historic centre of Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site
Visit the Renaissance 'delizie estensi', residences of the Dukes of Este, dotted around Ferrara province
Observe herons, flamingoes and many other bird species in the Comacchio Valleys
Relax on the beach at the Lido di Classe, dubbed the ‘salon by the sea’ for its unique elegance
Take a boat trip to the oases of Ortazzo and Ortazzino and the Pineta di Classe
Cycle in the Ferrara section of the Po Delta Park, between Lido di Volano and Lido delle Nazioni
Enjoy a family day out at Mirabilandia, Italy’s largest water theme park
Paddle a canoe in the nature reserve of the Bevano estuary
Rest in the shady gardens of the Brancaleone Fortress in Ravenna