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Social Events

  • Sunday June 30th 2013: h 18.30 - 20.30  -  Welcome Reception 

  • Wednesday July 3rd:  h 14 - 23 - Social Tour (Visit of the ancient town of 'Ravenna') + Gala Dinner  

Ravenna is located in North-East of mainland Italy, between the Adriatic and the Apennines, far 75 km from the regional capital Bologna.

Ravenna is a treasure chest of art, history and culture, a city with ancient origins and a glorious past. It became capital three times: it was capital of the Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric King of the Goths and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe. The basilicas and baptisteries of the city preserve the richest heritage of mosaics in the world, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries, and eight historic buildings are included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Within its ancient walls it keeps the richest heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. For this reason its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings have been acknowledged as world heritage by Unesco; they include the simple outer shell of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia hides a ceiling of infinite stars, the refined composition that decorates Neonian Baptistery is inspired by a cultured Hellenic tradition, recalled also in the Arian Baptistery, the regal style of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo reveals its origins as a palatine church built by Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, more than one hundred little birds lead you into the intimacy of the Chapel of Sant'Andrea in which the triumphant Christ is celebrated, the majestic Mausoleum of Theodoric covered by a massive block of stone in the cupola, the Basilica of San Vitale which is the greatest treasure of the early Christian era contains the portraits of the imperial Byzantine court, while outside the city the extremely elegant Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe has a wonderful apse depicting Christ and Sant'Apollinare, the first bishop and patron.  It is the city that guards the remains of Dante and keeps alive the memory of the great poet with important cultural events. The winding streets still reveal the past of a city built on a lagoon and the presence of water in the canals that crossed it. The canals were closed during the Venetian domination period, at the end of the Fifteenth Century, so that the elegant space of Piazza Maggiore, now named Piazza del Popolo, was opened.

More information can be found looking at the website of Ravenna Tourist Office.