Believe it or not, today in Ravenna was bright and sunny, in the 60's. Tomorrow it will rain again so we're enjoying today!!
Ravenna was the fifth-century seat of the Roman Empire and later a major city during the Byzantine era.
Today it's most famous for its mosaics. It is the mosaic capital of Italy, where ancient masterpieces meet modern styles. The local Art Academy is the only one in Italy where students can graduate with a Master degree in mosaic. Mosaic is a decorative design or work of art made up of small materials, such as pieces of stone or glass, arranged to create a pattern or image. Most of our photos are of mosaics, whether new street signs or decorating the walls and ceilings of churches.
Ravenna is also the burial place of Dante, author of the Divine Comedy. He was born in Florence but was exiled for political reasons in 1302. Two hundred years after his death, Florence wanted his body back, but monks from Ravenna sent an empty coffin. His body was recovered hidden in a wall of a church in 1865.
Beside industrial plants and fishing, tourism is growing as a source of major income for the local population. Flat and quiet, the medieval city center is bike friendly and pleasant to walk.
Halloween has not been traditionally celebrated in Italy, but when they found out that it can be used as an excuse to party, they joined right in. See the two photos.
We had lunch in an old taverna. Excellent as all Italian food is!!
We had free time to walk around and find more beautiful churches with beautiful mosiacs.
For dinner tonight on the boat, we all dressed up in our Halloween costumes.
After dinner, some local musicians will come on board to play local "balera" music. I think Doug and I will be in bed by then!!