As we are planning on being based in Rimini for a few days, we took the opportunity to catch a train, for the princely sum of less than €10 each return, to Ravenna, an hour north. At one time Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire under Emperor Honorius and a major port. The sea has long receded and the town is now some 11km inland. It is renowned for its Byzantine and early Roman Christian mosaics, dating back to around the 5th Century AD. We thought there would be a couple of places to visit to see them but they are dotted all around the town.
Whilst catering for tourists, it’s a lovely place to visit with an interesting historical centre and museums that are open all day rather than shutting between 1230 and 330pm, which happened regularly in other areas of Southern Italy. I know we shouldn’t complain but it was also nice that it was overcast for most of the day to give us some respite from the sun.