Ravenna is a city in the eastern part of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, connected to the Adriatic Sea by canal. From the fifth to the eighth centuries, Ravenna was the western capital of the Roman Empire and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe. The stunning mosaics produced at the time are what you come to see.
Ravenna has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Roman sites, museums, Dante's tomb, and many cultural events. Much of Ravenna's historic center is a pedestrian zone.
While Ravenna's churches and mosaics are stunning to stand in front of and gawk at, those seeking the historical context might consider a guided tour with a native guide.
Ravenna can be quite hot in July and August. Rainfall is sparse at the beginning of the year through July, and peaks in October.
Ravenna can be unpleasantly hot and humid in July and August--a period that's best avoided. It's still quite warm in September, a good time to go. May and June are fine times to visit Ravenna; despite the fine shopping and tourist attractions, Ravenna is still a bit off the beaten tourist track.
The Ravenna Festival, a music and opera festival, is held mid-June to mid-July. Events are held all over Ravenna, including in the Basilica, monasteries and archaeological sites.RAVENNA WEATHER
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