Ravenna, a treasure trove of Art, History & Culture

Ravenna, a treasure trove of Art, History & Culture

  • Ravenna
  • Bologna cheese
  • Eating in Ravenna
  • Churches Italy
  • Cathedral Davorio
  • Shades of Ravenna
  • Ravenna Basilicata
  • Exploring Ravenna
  • Basilicata Ravenna
  • Catacombs
  • Trattoria Ravenna
  • Galleries
  • museum Ravenna
  • Tour Type: Explore Regional Italy Tours
  • Location: Ravenna Cervia
  • Code: BTRC
  • Price From: E1540
  • Travel Month: Feb- June September - November
  • Duration: 2 Days 2 nights
  • Short Description:

    This tour can be added to our  Bologna and Surrounding Hills tour, to extend  the itinerary into a total of six nights. Instead of travelling back into Bologna you will continue your private tour by travelling from Ferrara to the coastal region of Ravenna. An easy town for walking tours, exploring the many UNESCO heritage listed sites. Lunch will be in a traditional osteria, then time to explore some more.

    On day 2 we hit the waterways into the ancient salt marshes for some birdwatching before a traditional lunch Then we visit a museum to learn a little about the salt produced here.

    A very special seafood dinner tonight at a Michelin starred restaurant .

    After check out a transfer will be arranged for your return to Bologna, or, if you have added another region we will all continue to Forli Cesena for the 2 nights in the region.

    Ravenna & the Cervia Salt Marshes. 2 days, 2 nights


Cycle Byzantine Ravenna with a local

Explore UNESCO World heritage sites. and view mosaics dating back to the 5th & 6th centuries

Travel by boat into Cervia’s ancient salt marshes

Visit an ancient warehouse, from the original producers of salt.

Dine at a Michelin starred seafood restaurant.

Taste Squacquerone, the most delectable cheese, I love it with Caramalised fig. !!

Taste local truffle and olive oil produce.


Add an additional 2 days to your tour of the Emilia Romagna region. Each subregion we have chosen, offers something different .

Prices start at €1540 per person , based on twin share, travelling as a couple privately.

For two couples travelling together, there are significant savings.

Prices for the 2 day/night tour  € 985 per person, twin share when travelling as 2 couples.

This module can be added to the  4 night Bologna & Surrounds tour, you choose the dates that work for you, and if you are combining another of our Emilia Romagna tours such as Forli-Cesena- Brisighella, add them on to this tour, (or choose another region to go with Bologna.

The price includes:

2 nights  accommodation in a beautiful relais hotel  in San Pancazio  , a stunning hotel

Breakfast included

English speaking guide, driver and  vehicle as per itinerary

Cruise into the marshes of Cervia

All tours and entry to estates  as per itinerary.

Meals and tasting as per itinerary. Wines with all meals, unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

All Transfers from Ferrara until return into Bologna at the completion of the tour. (unless you have joined another part of our tour series)


Not Included

Individual items purchased as momento’s.

Tips and Extras


City tax at hotels

All that has not been clearly indicated in “The price includes”


Single supplement (on request)

Cancellation Policy

At time of booking we request 20% of the total value of the booking as deposit guarantee.Balance 30 days before tour  date.

The cancellation policy is applicable to journey price, single supplements,  extensions and other

tour related arrangements.

Up to 30 days before departure the booking can be cancelled, with full refund, if restrictions around travel are altered due to Covid .

The tour can also be postponed or amended free of charge, if travel restrictions are imposed.

Travel insurance: highly recommended.

Ravenna Italy is a treasure trove of art, history and culture of the first order, it is a city of ancient origins with a glorious past. From the beginning of the 5th century AD it was designated capital three times: in the last phases of the Western Roman Empire (402-403), during the reign of the Goths under Theodoric (493-526) and finally, under the dominion Byzantine (553 – 751).As evidence of this extraordinary period of greatness remain the precious mosaics kept in its ancient early Christian and Byzantine buildings. Eight of these monuments have been included in the Unesco World Heritage List for their universal value and for the uniqueness and mastery of their mosaic art: the  Mausoleum of Galla Placidia , the  Baptistery of the Orthodox , the  Baptistery of the Arians , the  Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo , the  Chapel of Sant’Andrea , the  Mausoleum of Theodoric , the  Basilica of San Vitale and the  Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe. Alongside them, other sites of artistic and archaeological interest contribute to the reconstruction of the ancient history of the city, such as the  Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra , the Antico Porto di Classe  and Classis Ravenna – Museum of the City and the Territory .While distinguishing itself in a particular way for its splendid cultural and landscape heritage,  Ravenna  is also a hospitable city with an ancient culinary tradition. Our Ravenna wine and food tour is packed with culture as well as our always delicious Italian tastings.
The dry and broth soups occupy a prominent position in the typical local menus: among the best known specialties are tagliatelle, lasagna, strozzapreti seasoned with the rich traditional meat sauce, golden-colored passatelli, scented with parmesan and nutmeg and cappelletti with an exquisite cheese filling, with meat sauce .To these are added pork, mainly grilled on wood embers, often accompanied by “pinzimonio” a mixture of raw and fresh vegetables.
In the coastal centres  the risotto alla marinara, the tagliolini allo scoglio, the spaghetti with clams precede tasty grills from the many varieties of shellfish and fish of the Adriatic.
The local cheese is the delicious & unforgettable soft Squacquerone di Romagna. To taste this cheese with caramelised figs is a taste sensation !
All these dishes are perfect when combined with local wines (Sangiovese, Trebbiano, Pagadèbit) and  traditional sweets, such as  the local dry biscuits, tortelli filled with jams, donuts and tarts,  dipped in sweet wines such as Albana white. or the red Cagnina.

For some more research on this  region try this link to my Regions of Italy page.

Why I love Bologna, try this link for Postcards from Bologna