Tourist information on the city of Ravenna and its famous mosaics includes information on the weather in Ravenna, how to get to Ravenna, guided tours of Ravenna and the general information on the main mosaic sights scattered throughout the city of Ravenna.
Tourist Information on Ravenna
Located on the Adriatic coast, in North-East Italy , the climate in Ravenna acn change dramatically throughout the calendar year. In the winter, with strong winds blowing down from the north the temperatures can drop below freezing.
While in the summer months the temperatures can rise as high as 35 C / 96F. Humidity also plays a major factor in the climate of Ravenna . In the winter months the humidity helps to exaggerate the cold while in the summer it can also exaggerate the warmer summer days. The Spring and Fall months typically offer the best scenario for visitors planning to visit Ravenna.
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Currency in Italy
Italy is one of the twelve members of the EU, and in January, 2002 the country converted to the Euro. Euro (€) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2, 1 and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents. Please use the following Currency Converter to learn more about the value of the Euro against other currencies
Currency exchange: Travellers cheques, cheques and foreign money can be changed at banks, railway stations and airports, and very often at major hotels (generally at a less convenient rate).
Credit & debit cards: MasterCard, Diners Club and Visa are widely accepted, but many small establishments - shops and restaurants only accept cash. It is advisable to ask merchants if they accept credit cards before trying to purchase items
Travellers cheques: Travellers cheques are accepted almost everywhere. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Euros, Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.
The main tourist office of Ravenna is located at Via Salara 8, and is open daily from 8 am until 1pm and from 3pm to 6pm . A second tourist office is located near the Mausoleum di Teodorico at via delle Industrie 14, but is only open from April until September.
It's worth visiting the tourist offices for information on events being staged in the city. During the summer months the important sites of the Mosaics remain open at night, and quite often there are classical musical concerts held at those venues to further enhance the experience of these splendid creations.
Ravenna is not located on a main line of Italy 's train network. Coming from Venice in the north, or from the south you'll probably have to change trains and endure a long day of travelling with limited time in Ravenna if you plan to visit the city in one day without staying overnight.
Travelling by car to Ravenna is the most practical if you are touring Italy by car and plan to visit Ravenna as you travel between other major ports of call along the way. Try to use the Autostrada (main highway) routes to get to Ravenna as the minor roads are slow moving and the scenery is a uninspiring.
Coming from Venice , an interesting deviation would be to take the old Via Romea down along the coast pausing at the impressive Pomposa Abbey. Fog is often a problem in the surrounding low-lying marshes with the influence of the nearby River Po.
Mosaics hold pride of place in Ravenna's vast artistic heritage: these decorations executed in smalti -a glossy, non transparent, multicoloured glass and marble are composed of small cubes cut individually to fit the underlying design.
The material used is so resistant that we can admire today those pictures in mosaic just as they were when the artist's fingers last touched them. Apart from being exceptionally well preserved; Ravenna's 5th and 6th century mosaics feature a fascinating evolution in style: i.e. the gradual detachment from the figurative realism of Late Roman art to absorb a more abstract symbology proper of Byzantine art.
Furthermore, in Ravenna the tradition of mosaic making has been kept alive throughout the past centuries making use of the same materials, tools and ancient techniques. Thanks to the uniqueness of its art treasures Ravenna has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995.
Walking tours of Ravenna:
Accompanied by a local expert on the mosaics , explore the fantastic world of colored glass tessere, and by the end of the day you'll be able to decipher the encrypted message of the mystical world that you find represented in churches and mausoleums of the town. For further details.....
By Private Tour from Venice:
The most relaxing way to visit Ravenna is by a private tour from Venice . With a local expert guide to show you around all the must see sights of the city, and a car and driver to mak sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the city. For further details.....