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About Ravenna

Explore the town of Ravenna on foot, and you'll be captivated by the heavenly mix of traditional shops and corner cafes, pretty pedestrianised streets and peaceful squares.

 

But for a more celestial experience, head inside Ravenna's 1,500-year-old basilicas and mausoleums to admire the exceptional byzantine mosaics glittering overhead and beneath your feet. Like hidden treasure twinkling gold and sapphire, the tiled domes and floors reflect the historical, political and religious events in Ravenna - from the seat of the Western Roman Empire in 402 AD, through to the fifth and sixth centuries.

 

Shimmering between the precious marble and stuccos, you'll be struck by the sheer craftsmanship and time required to complete such ambitious patterns and scenes. The author Dante, who spent his last years in Ravenna, once described this clever artwork as a 'symphony of colour'. Visit his resting place less than a kilometre from the Basilica, before strolling to Piazza del Popolo for a freshly-brewed espresso.

 

Shore excursions in Ravenna

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Day at the Beach

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 7½ hours

Take a beach break with a flourish of Italian sophistication at one of Ravenna’s spectacular lidos.

Enjoy a laid-back day of sunbathing, swimming and feeling the sand between your toes on one of Ravenna’s long, golden beaches.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and you’ll have the tranquillity of the Adriatic in front of you and a lush pinewood forest with walking trails behind you. Nearby, you’ll find bars and restaurants, so you you can sip a cocktail and read a book on your comfortable sun lounger.

You’ll have approximately 7 hours at the beach. It’s your day to spend it exactly as you please.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Changing rooms and safety deposit box available for hire. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Sunbeds are included, however, umbrellas are shared ( one every 2 guests). Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Bologna On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 8¼ hours

This transfer is designed for you to discover the delights of Bologna at your leisure.

Disembarking your coach in Bologna, your host will escort you on a short 15 minute walk to the monumental heart of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, and this is where your adventure begins.

As you walk through this treasure-filled city, the shadows of the past surround you. You’ll have approximately 4½ hours to explore the impressive buildings around Piazza Maggiore or climb the Leaning Towers, which has become a well known symbol of the city. Should you consider visiting the interior of the Leaning Towers, it will be necessary to negotiate approximately 447 steps each way.

Wander through the shops or sample the delicious Italian cuisine at restaurants nearby. Venture further afield and discover as many of Bologna’s treasures as your pace allows.

This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Ravenna.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Bologna is 1½ hours each way. There is a 20 minute walk to the city centre. This tour is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach and local transportation in Bologna is readily available. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place.

Faenza City Of Ceramics

Activity highShopping

Duration: 5¼ hours

A rare opportunity to gain an insight into the gifted hands of the local craftsmen and women of the Faenza International Museum of Ceramics.

Embark on a pleasant hour’s drive to the beautiful city of Roman origin - Faenza. Faenza is a splendid city of art whose fame shone through in the Renaissance period with its production of exquisitely made pottery that was exported all over Europe.

Enjoy a tour around the International Museum of Ceramics which includes the world’s largest collection of Italian and European ceramics, from the Medieval Ages right up to the 19th century.

A walk in the old town, you can admire the architectural ceramic details and the elegant central square, Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have some free time to explore on your own.

Afterwards, you’ll visit the ceramic workshop, where you can see the various stages of production. You’ll see how to work the clay on the potter's wheel, firing, enamelling, painting and finally the 2nd firing. Watch in admiration as these proud, skilful workmen and women produce these amazing, colourful, elaborate objects.

After your insight into the production of these exquisite items you will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from a choice of various handmade souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour over cobblestones and uneven surfaces and around 30 steps to negotiate. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites.

Ferrari Museum

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6¼ hours

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to enter the glamourous world of supercars with a trip to the Ferrari Museum.

Departing from the pier, it’s approximately 1¾ hours’ drive to Maranello - home to an Italian marque famous across the world: Ferrari.

Inaugurated in February 1990 and run directly by Ferrari since 1995, the museum holds Ferrari’s past, present and future.The exhibition is divided into four areas, which will appeal to both racing fans and those passionate about classic cars.

Here you’ll find Formula 1, themed exhibitions, technological innovations and photographic shows, telling the story of the men, machines and moments that have contributed to the company’s glorious history. One showcase displays all the most important trophies collected in over fifty years of competition, including those held aloft by Schumacher on podiums around the globe. On the upper floor a space is dedicated to technological innovation. This area hosts special vehicles like the F50, the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and other experimental models.

Before the visit ends, you’ll have time to shop in the Ferrari store. Budding champions can even put their driving skills to the test in a Ferrari simulator.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours’ of walking on this tour and around 50 steps to negotiate at the museum. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Ferrari simulator is not included in the price of the tour.

Hidden Treasures of Ravenna

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Step back over 2000 years in the House of the Stone Carpets, admire frescos in San Nicolò church and enter the Rasponi Crypt.

Feel history surround you on this walking tour through the hidden treasures of Ravenna. After a short coach transfer from the pier, your tour begins at the House of the Stone Carpets – one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites. You’ll descend nearly 3 metres below street-level, underneath the 18th Century church of Santa Eufemia, and discover 14 rooms paved in colourful marble mosaics. These intricate stone carpets once graced the floors of Byzantine home. Walking over the runways to view them will be an experience you never forget.

Across Piazza dei Caduti you will reach the complex of San Nicolò, an old church and convent that hosts an exhibition of the evolution of mosaic art, from its origins to the present day, including contemporary and industrial mosaics.

Walking back to Piazza San Francesco, you’ll discover a small chapel hidden in the gardens of the Palazzo della Provincia (Government Palace). The Rasponi Crypt has 3 areas to explore, and you’ll hear the story behind the mosaic floor. You’ll climb to the private roof garden to take in impressive views of Piazza San Francesco and Dante's area. Finally, in this scenic setting, enjoy a glass of local wine and local snacks before returning to the pier by coach.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours’ of walking on this tour. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

 

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