Ravenna and environs
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Every town is unique, but Ravenna, an Eastern jewel in a Western setting, is truly beyond compare.
Lord Byron called it "inspiring". And it was here that Dante, who completed part of his "Divine Comedy" in Ravenna, heard the story of Paolo and Francesca. Borges chose it as the setting for his Longobard warrior Droctulft who changed sides to defend the town after seeing "the day and the cypresses and the marble.... a city, an organism composed of statues, temples, gardens, rooms, vases, columns, regular and open spaces."
The fact is that Ravenna, like a new Rome, left its mark on an entire period in history.
Many centuries before other Italian towns and cities, Ravenna shone with a light in an age that was called dark elsewhere. It was here that Honirius moved in 402 A.D., making in the last capital of the Western Empire and the heir to Rome's former grandeur. Here ruled his half-sister Galla Placidia, Empress and Christian. It was here that the Gothic king Theodoric, raised at the Eastern court and conqueror of Odoacer's Heruli, erected his palace and the distinguished churches and buildings that still stand as memorials to his name. And it was here, after the town was "reconquered" by Justinian (540 A.D.), that the Exarchs who ruled for two centuries turned the town into a Western Byzantium.
At Ravenna and environs, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.