'Flanked by canals and sea waves, we wonder at the beauty of Ravenna when the moon shines bright.
Dante's world famous ˜Inferno' thus mentions Ravenna and its beauty in succinct style, without resorting to verbose style or wordplay. That was the feature of most of the works produced by Dante, and the mere mention of Ravenna in his most epic poems is good enough to draw our attention to the city.
But apart from this little trinket of knowledge, there's a lot that Ravenna can proudly call its own. It wasn't even 2,000 years ago that Ravenna was among the top 3 important cities in Roman Empire, with over 100,000 people residing within its city limits. Those days have indeed passed, but the remnants of memories still remain persistent. Those remnants can be felt, identified and connected to on a more cerebral level by actually visiting the city, rather reading about it in books.
So, we urge you to put on your traveler's garb and set off on a mad adventure to explore the historic sites of Ravenna “ and to accompany you, our two cents in the form of this article that tries to round up good Ravenna hotels is being presented to you.
Budget Hotels in Ravenna
Ravenna is among few cities in Italy that are deemed to be UNESCE Global Heritage Sites. It is a huge tag for a city to carry, as it usually attracts a great deal of incoming tourist frenzy. Ravenna has handled this tag very well, though, by creating a good infrastructure that can handle over 1 million tourists each year with ease. As a part of this conscious infrastructure development, many cheap hotels have been subsidized in the city, further improving the state of hospitality industry in the region.
That's certainly a good news for us and our readers, as you can now enjoy even long durations of stay in Ravenna, without budget constraints ruining it all for you.
While the discussion centers on cheap hotels, it would only be in order if we are to present a few representative cases.
Take Il Sole for example. It is just the sort of unassuming property that one imagines about while thinking of budget accommodation. Resembling more to an American motel than an Italian hotel, Il Sole provides very cheap and comfortable rooms for tourists. It is perfectly suited for solo travelers, while family travelers might not want to give it a go, solely because of its small room, nothing else.
Residence Mosaico is another cheap hotel here in Ravenna that we zeroed in on. It satisfies most criteria of a good budget hotel “ cheap fares, hygienic and clean room, easy accessibility, courteous staff and good food.
There are many other cheap and cosy hotels in Ravenna that tourists can hope to unearth upon a much closer ground inspection.
Finding a Luxury Hotel in Ravenna
What good is your stay in a country like Italy that takes immense pride in enjoying life if you don't let go of yourself, just for a tad bit?
That's precisely why, we recommend all tourists visiting Ravenna to try out the luxury resorts around the city. Bringing the best that money can buy, these resorts try every trick in the book to make sure that their guests are happy and content while checking out.
If you like the idea of residing in a small hotel with perfectly metered out luxurious amenities, Hotel Residence la Reunion is the perfect hotel fit for your requirements. It is much more expensive than what you would imagine upon getting there, but in the end, with the kind of hospitality you will receive, you won't have a single reason to rue the money you paid.
Grand Hotel Mattei is our next favorite in the same category. It is much less expensive than the previous entrant, but it's not at all inferior to it when it comes to luxury and comfort of guests.
Palazzo Bezzi should be your automatic choice if you like great views and lavish decor. Featuring the views of gallant Adriatic Sea, its suites and rooms are certainly going to make you fall in love with Ravenna!
Must Visit Places in Ravenna
The Basilica of Saint Nuovo is the most famous building in the town. Exhibiting the grand style of past Italian masters, it is a true masterpiece of architecture and creativity. It also has a long history to boast of, as you can learn upon visiting.
Not too far from the Basilica lies the tomb of Dante, the man and the poet that still interests scholars around the world.
Other than these, various beaches and cathedrals can be visited as per the flexibility of your schedule.
While visiting the beaches, make sure that you take part in various sea adventure sports that can be played there.
Local Transportation in Ravenna
It's very easy to get around in Ravenna because the city is not that large in size. The best way to get around the city is on foot, as there is much to see on every street and corner. As the city is a Heritage Site, there are quite a few restrictions on the use of vehicles, as well “ making it rather mandatory to just walk about.
Tourists can also rent out bicycles and explore the city and its surroundings, especially when it's high summer. Ravenna hotels usually have bicycle rental booths for their guests.
Ideal Time to Visit Ravenna
Months of May, June and July are typically considered to be most ideal for visiting Ravenna. The weather is quite pleasant during these months and a number of local art, food and culture festivals add a lot of fizz to the ambiance of the city.
It might turn out to be a touch difficult to find vacant hotels in Ravenna for the summer season. So, tourists are advised to book their rooms well in advance of their arrival in the city. That way, early bird offers can also be availed.