Friday, 15 November 2013

Ravenna, the town

We've looked at the stunning mosaics in Ravenna and its multitude of serious historical churches - but there's a lot more to the town.  It's a very clean and charming Italian town - very walkable and even better on a bike as there seems to be plenty around and very few cars.   I hope to have captured some of this charm in the snapshots below:

Charming people, quaint shops

Street market of artisanal crafts

Piazza del Popolo, the main square with live art

Live action!  Just married couple in the 18th century town hall 

Same couple with their stylish bridal transportation
The bridal procession

A merry-go-round in the middle of town

This is afterall the town of mosaics

Bicycle envy...

The  Biblioteca Casa Oriani in Ravenna - where else would you see a library with such elegant cloisters!  We just happened upon it on the way to Dante's tomb.
I admire such determined people - they just would not surrender Dante's bones to Florence! Bravo!   Read more about the intriguing fight over the poet's bones here...
Dante's tomb - more likely the Memorial

This looked more like the tomb
 Charming restaurants...


Elegance!  Whether they were sweeping the streets or riding a bike!

The very green entrance to the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist

What's not to love about Ravenna!

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