Provincia di Ravenna

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  • Day201

    Ravenna; mosaics, mosaics everywhere!

    January 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Ravenna had a large car park with a stopover close to its old town. With 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it had been highlighted as the place to see ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics so we grabbed a quick lunch in the van and set off to explore.

    We bought a combined card that allowed us entry to multiple sites, the first of which was the Basilica di San Vitale, a large church that was covered floor to ceiling with stunning mosaics and paintings. The ones on the walls and domed rooves depicting scenes and comprising of lustrous golds, blues and yellows that shone out in the light. The individual works of art were amazing, but all together, within a building whose construction was itself a work of art, the combined effect was breathtaking. We both thought this alone was worth the €19 we paid for the cards!

    Accross the gardens from the basilica stood three stone tombs within Galla Placidia mausoleum. Each was placed within an arched alcove, whose upper walls and semi cylindrical dome was again decorated with shining mosaic tiles.

    A bit stunned, we trekked accross Ravenna's cobbled streets to find the Arian Baptistry, a small building whose hemispherical ceiling had an incredible painting of Jesus' baptism with the twelve apostles. We were quite glad this was the only remarkable feature, because our senses were still overwhelmed by how much they'd taken in at the previous two sites. The art was beautiful in itself, but when you consider that it was created in the 6th century, making it about1500 years old, it was mind boggling!

    On our way back to the van we took a route via Dante's tomb, which was enclosed within a small 18th century building, created for the poet, who finished his Divine Comedy here, after he was exiled from Florence.

    Back at the van it began to rain, then sleet and then finally it began to snow! It laid a light covering on the ground but snow obviously wasn't a frequent occurrence in this region. We'd seen no grit bins or lorries and when the temperature dropped and black ice appeared, driving conditions became pretty hairy! Many drivers didn't seem to slow down and we spent the night listening to them skidding round the roundabout. There must have been a dozen who crashed into the high kerb at the side!

    Unlike last night's cars, the ice didn't seem to be going anywhere fast when we woke the next morning, so we decided to ignore the stopover's time limit of 24 hours and stay another night. We certainly had plenty of things to keep us occupied!

    The days activities included a visit to the beautifully decorated Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, whose main feature was its sparkling Byzantine mosaics, running the length of the 50m nave on both sides. The scenes on the right showed gift bearing male martyrs lined up to present Jesus with their offerings and on the left, women queued to present Mary with theirs. They looked in immaculate condition and were a feast for the eyes.

    Returning home for lunch, Will got something called a Piadina from the nearby takeaway food hut. It was a huge folded flatbread, that was warmed in a pizza oven and could be filled with most sandwich fillings. Once we had it in front of us we realised we had bought a pack of them at a supermarket a few weeks back, thinking they were fajitas. We'd been most disappointed when we tried to roll them and they'd crumbled!

    Reinvigorated after lunch we set out for the final time. In the 1990s the remains of a palace with 14 rooms had been discovered 3m below a church. Each had a mosaic floor from Byzantine times, the majority of which remained intact. It was named Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra (House of the stone carpets). Much of the floor displayed geometric patterns that Will loved mentally breaking down into their constituent parts. Some of it showed flowers but the memorable thing for Vicky is the image of the Dance of the 4 Seasons, depicted by 4 Spirits dancing in a circle to the music of pan pipes.

    Darkness had crept up on us while we'd been underground and the previously quiet town streets were bustling with people. We wound our way past them to the church of San Franceso that contained a waterlogged crypt. We descended the steps at the head of the nave and put a euro in a machine. The previously dark space before us was now floodlit and we could see the white stone columns rising from the submerged mosaic floor to support the low ceiling. As if it needed an additional feature, there were goldfish swimming around in the 5ft deep pool of water!

    Neither of us is religious and neither of us enjoy many museums, but there had been something captivating about seeing 1500 year old history in situe in the form of Ravenna's mosaics.
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  • Day200


    January 12, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Continuing southwards along the straight, flat roads, we passed a flock of about 5 peacocks at the roadside!

    Reaching Lugo we discovered it to be a town in an industrial area. Our free stopover was part of the car park of a local park and located at the end of a narrow road. It was good to be away from the business of the town and we enjoyed a relaxing walk through the park before darkness fell, passing a frozen lake with what we think were lilly pads stuck fast in the ice.Read more

  • Day404


    May 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Es gibt Landgänge die sind einfach nicht so toll. Wir sind mit dem Rad gefahren, dachten es wäre ein schöne Tour... Nix da, sind 16 Kilometer auf einer Hauptstraße gefahren mit rasenden Lastwagen und Autos. Zu guter Letzt braute sich auch noch ein Gewitter zusammen, welches uns zum Glück nicht erwischt hat 😎 in der Stadt angekommen, gab es erst mal was zu essen und eine neue Strickjacke, weil es auch noch kalt war.

    Zurück konnten wir zum Glück die Fahrräder mit in den Shuttlebus nehmen 😊
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  • Day324

    Day 325: Ravenna

    January 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 5 °C

    Time to leave Bologna! Early morning start, walked over to the station and caught taxi out to the airport. Picked up our hire car with no problems, got ourselves a VW Golf which was nice, particularly since we'd only paid for a much smaller Fiat 500!

    Headed south-east out of the city onto the freeway, and made our first stop at the town of Imola. This is the location of a grand prix track where the San Marino grand prix was held for several years (though it's obviously not in San Marino). It's notorious as the track where Ayrton Senna had his fatal crash, and I wanted to see the memorial erected at the track.

    Found our way to the track and the statue, just near the crash site. Lots of flags, notes and various bits and pieces left by previous visitors which was nice. Spent a few minutes looking around and contemplating - he was always my favourite driver when I was a kid, and him dying was something I remember very clearly.

    Back on the road, we drove another hour or so eastwards to Ravenna, just near the Adriatic sea. Ravenna is a pretty little town, with most of the central streets blocked off to traffic. The world heritage site here is a series of Christian monuments from the 5th and 6th centuries - mostly old churches and basilicas. But what's incredible about them is that they are all filled with incredible art dating from that period. The mostly-mosaic pieces are so early that the iconography is quite different - eg depicting Jesus as beardless, nude forms, and some incredible stylised works of Biblical scenes.

    There's 8 monuments in total on the list and we managed to visit five of them, thoroughly enjoying each one. And I could film inside for all except one, which was great! Really enjoyed it.

    Finished with Ravenna, we made our way late in the day south along the coast to Gradara where we had our Airbnb. A reasonably large ground floor apartment in the suburbs, we visited the supermarket for some provisions and then settled in for the evening. Decided after the pricey meal last night that staying in for a few nights would be a good option! And the pasta options in the supermarket are fantastic, as you'd expect.
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  • Day15


    November 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    In Menaggio it was "Hotel, Hotel, Hotel". In Belaggio it was "Shopping,Shopping, Shopping". In Ravenna it is "Mosaic, Mosaic, Mosaic". It was a really good deal. For 9.50€ per person, we got a ticket for 5 sites in Ravenna that used Mosaic instead of paint to decorate the apse and some of the naves. It was quite a sight to enter a rather unassuming facade of a basilica or mausoleum from the outside, then find spectacular Mosaic work dating back to the Byzantine period of the 500sAD. There was one more temple that we did not get round to as there was Food to eat and it was slightly out of the way and my feet were properly sore by this stage.Read more

  • Day6

    Mosaics everywhere in Ravenna

    December 22, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 4 °C

    About an hour by train from Bologna, Ravenna has more churches in its historic core than I think I have ever seen. We concentrated on the early Christian ones (4th- 6th centuries) though there were lots of medieval and neoclassical as well. I don’t think I saw any gothic, though. The mosaics are the prime attraction — hard to believe they’re from the 4th and 5th century Some beautiful scenes with maidens and martyrs going to pay homage, lots of bible stories, and some emperors and empresses thrown in for good measure.

    We had a good lunch in a recommended place, sharing a risotto and a pizza but leaving more than half of it untouched. I just can’t get used to eating a big meal at noon. One of my favorites of the day was the moving nativity scene in the cathedral. Women drawing water, weaving, spinning; men shoeing horses, at a forge— obviously made with a lot of love.

    We didn’t feel like a big meal, so we went to the market area and had a meat and cheese plate. Very very good.

    Tomorrow we will explore Bologna. Museums and churches, our daily ritual.
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  • Day20

    Boarding the ship

    September 8, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We did a little last minute shopping in venice. Will definitely need to return as there were so many things we didn't see or do. We had booked a water taxi to take all ten of us, plus luggage, to the port at 11. Expensive but the best way to do it wiall the cobblestones and bridges.
    The embarkation was smooth as it is an older and smaller ship. Lunch then safety drill at 4pm. Sail away at 5pm. The weather thankfully held while we left port but a light rain started. During dinner there was a great deal of thunder and lightning and I think it may have rained most of the night. The after dinner show was Paul and John, a small Beatles act and they were quite good. After that was off 2 bed for me as I feel a cold coming on. Den looked for the sauna but it was closed by then.Read more

  • Day17

    Station 4 - die Adria

    July 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Reisetag. Nachdem wir gemütlich gefrühstückt und zusammengepackt hatten, peilten wir unser nächstes Ziel an. Über Florenz und Bologna (durch gefühlt 100 Tunnel, einer länger als der andere) führte unser Weg nach Ravenna bzw. nach Casalborsetti ins Camping Village Adria. Ein schöner Platz, wir konnten uns wieder vorher umsehen und uns einen schönen aussuchen. Nun haben wir es uns gemütlich gemacht, waren im Piscina und im Meer baden. Der Weg zum Meer führt nur über die Straße und ca. 100 Meter durch ein kleines Wäldchen. Ein nettes Restaurant ist auch vorhanden und die Pizza ist lecker 👍. Alles in allem - der erste Eindruck ist schon gut! Auch was die sanitären Anlagen betrifft, sind es bisher die besten.
    Ach ja und das Wetter - heute ging es mit 32 Grad noch, die nächsten Tage werden es bis 37! Zum Glück ist das Meer nahe😎
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Provincia di Ravenna, Rávena, Ravenne, Ravenna

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