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Getting There -- With hourly trains that take only 1 hour 20 minutes from Bologna, Ravenna can easily be visited on a day trip. There’s also frequent service from Ferrara (1 hr., 15 min.), which has connections to Venice. The train station is a 10-minute walk from the center at Piazza Fernini ((tel) 892021).

If you have a car and are coming from Bologna, head east along A14. From Ferrara, take the S16.

Getting Around -- Ravenna operates a useful bicycle rental scheme; get keys from the tourist office that provide unlimited access to bikes all over the city. Rates are 9.50€ per day for adults and 8.50€ for students (free for children 10 and under).

To visit the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare in Classe from central Ravenna, take bus no. 4—buy tickets (1.20€) in advance from any bar or tabacchi.

 

Visitor Information -- The tourist office is at Via Salara 8 (www.turismo.ravenna.it; (tel) 0544-35404). It’s open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Stop in here for a good map, bicycle rental, and combination tickets to the city’s attractions. The office also books accommodations.

Special Events -- If you're here in June and July, you can enjoy the Ravenna Festival Internazionale. Tickets begin at 10€ ($15) but go much higher. For information, call tel. 0544-249211; for tickets, call tel. 0544-249244 (Teatro Alighieri). A Dante Festival is held the second week in September, sponsored by the church of San Francesco.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.