Ravenna Past & Present


A tour to discover Ravenna and its historical-architectural and naturalistic beauties.

The trip estimated time does not include the transportation from the Cruise Terminal to Ravenna city center.

1) Ravenna National Museum

The National Museum of Ravenna, established in 1885, is located inside the former Benedictine Monastery of S. Vitale. The museum currently has a set of heterogeneous collections, divided into three main groups: lapidary, excavation finds and art collections. Also part of the collection are bronze plaques, ivory, symbols, weapons and armor as well as ceramics. In addition, the museum also houses the important fourteenth-century frescoes of the ancient church of S. Chiara in Ravenna by Pietro da Rimini.

2) Cathedral

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ is the main place of Catholic worship in the city of Ravenna, the bishop's seat of the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia. The current building is the result of a radical intervention in the eighteenth century, consisting of the demolition of the ancient cathedral, the Ursian basilica, and the construction of a new one in baroque style. The cathedral, raised to the rank of minor basilica by Pope John XXIII, is the seat of the parish of S. Giovanni in Fonte belonging to the Urban Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Ravenna-Cervia.

3) Public Gardens

The Public Gardens of Ravenna consist of an area of about 37.500 square meterres, designed and realized in the early 1930s by architect Arata as the first city park. The entrance of these typical Italian gardens is adorned by a beautiful iron gate, closed at night. They host a Planetarium, a bar, a children’s playground, a fitness trail, and public toilets.

4) MAR

Ravenna Art Museum is housed in the monumental site known as Loggetta Lombardesca, a monastery from the 16th century belonging to the near Santa Maria in Porto Abbey. Since 2002, the gallery has been an institution of Ravenna Municipality. The MAR hosts important temporary art exhibitions and three permanent collections, namely: a collection of ancient artworks, paintings, and sculptures from 14th to 19th century; a collection of modern artworks from 19th to 21st century, among which a wonderful drawing by Gustav Klimt; a collection of contemporary mosaics, including works carried out between mid-20th century and the present day.