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Ravenna is a classical cities of Mosaic Basilica in the Emilia=Romagna region of Italy. The city has been preserving its traditional values since ages and is one of the most highly decorated cities of Italy. Ravenna has a long historical background while being the center age for Western Roman Empire and Ostrogothic Kingdom. It is the second largest city of Italy while be being only half the size of Rome.
Ravenna has also been a popular tourist destination for quiet some tine. It is one of the most popular places in Italy. One can get their through the Highway of Bologna and from Venice through State road 309. The easiest way to reach Ravenna from Rome is the E-15 international road but there are many other roads that lead to Ravenna. It is also properly connected with rail links from Bologna, Venice and Rome. The nearest airport available to Ravenna is at Forli and Bologna.
Ravenna has been one of the center points of literature too. It has been a inspiring place for many famous literary icon like Hermann and Oscar Wilde. Ravenna is easier to see by walking around the city then on any vehicle. It is simply a walker's paradise as most of Ravenna is in the old town which has most pedestrian area and bars and cafes all around the corner. Shopping is not much popular in Ravenna as there is a siesta from about 12:30 to 4Pm and only small bookshops are open at that time. Moreover it is best to shop in small stores as they keep al the branded items available in Italy. But be aware that things are bit expensive in Ravenna so you may have to spend more than normal.
Since you are in Italy, so prefer eating Italian food. You can find a plethora of items in the cafe all round Ravenna. There are also many small pizzerias and trattorias that are of high quality food and are inexpensive.
While you are in Ravenna don't forget to have a walk around the city as it will give you a feel of perfect blend of Italian tradition and architecture.