Ravenna, which became the capital city of three empires, boasts 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites (virtual tours). With its spectacular early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, it is not a stretch to say that Ravenna is a city covered in gold. Ravenna is also home to the tomb of Dante Alighieri, who died here on 14 September 1321. In 2021 the city will celebrate the 700th anniversary of his death.
Just outside the city are the badlands of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola Regional Park and Riolo Terme, best known for its popular Art Nouveau thermal baths and for the Cave of King Tiberius, which has a long history going back to prehistoric times.
Another famous karst cave is Grotta Tanaccia, a stone’s throw away from Brisighella, one of the most beautiful Italian hamlets: we definitely recommend taking a stroll along the Via degli Asini (Donkeys’ Alley) and reaching the Fortress and the Clock Tower.
Close by is the city of Faenza, the ceramics capital of Italy, where you can visit the MIC - International Museum of Ceramics.
Then, there are the coastal town of Milano Marittima, nestled in a lush pine forest, and Cervia, where they have been producing sweet salt for thousands of years and great flocks of flamingos nest; why not explore the area by bike, cycling along the Salt Route?