Venice, Ravenna and Ferrara

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Historical Cities of Art and Culture

Some of Italy’s most beautiful cities are situated just 30-100km from the Holiday Park Spiaggia e Mare and so easy to visit.

Venice, Ravenna and Ferrara are full of art, culture and history and are the ideal destinations for a day trip during your seaside holiday.


Venezia: 100km (by car to Chioggia, Fusina Terminal + ferry)
Ravenna: 30km (by bus or by car from Portogaribaldi)
Ferrara: 50km (by bus or by car from Portogaribaldi)

For information on how to reach the above towns and cities ask at the Village reception


A Day trip to Venice

Venice is easy to reach from Portogaribaldi both by bus and by car.

For information on coach trips please ask at the Tourist Information office in Porto Garibaldi.
For those travelling by car ferries for Rialto and San Marco leave from the Venezia- Tornchetto car park..

The main places to visit in Venice:

  • Piazza San Marco
  • Rialto Bridge
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Jewish Quarter (Ghetto)
  • Giudecca Island
  • Murano, Burano and Torcello

There is only one Venice and it has so much to offer besides its famous art exhibitions and cultural events. It is well worth a visit in any season thanks to its famous canals and bridges and charming streets and piazzas.


The beautiful town of Ravenna is home to 8 UNESCO monuments and is full of art and culture. Its origins are influenced both by the East and the West.

Ravenna is one of the most important towns in Emilia Romagna for its history and culture. Its province stretchesfrom Brisighella in the hills to the beaches at Marina di Ravenna.

The city has been a capital three times: capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, Capital of the Realm of the Ostrogoths and Capital of the Bizantine Empire.
This is can be seen in the city monuments, churches and architecture, especially the precious Bizantine mosaics that have made Ravenna famous.

Monuments to visit in Ravenna include:

  • The San Vitale Basilica
  • The Galla Placidi Mausoleum
  • The Ariani Battistero
  • The Mausoleum of Teodorico
  • The Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare in Classe
  • The tomb of Dante Alighieri

Ferrara: A Renaissance City

Ferrara is in part a medieval city but it gained its fill splendor during the Renaissance and the dominion of the Este family. The Este family is considered one of the most important family dynasties of the Italian Renaissance and Ferrara was considered a European capital of art, culture, politics, gastronomy  and a reference point for artists, poets and singers.
For three centuries, the Este dynasty, a great family of patrons, transformed a rural center into a Renaissance capital later to be declared a UNESCO Heritage site.

Places to Visit in Ferrara:

  • Estense Castle
  • Diamanti Palace
  • The Cathedral
  • The National Archeologic museum
  • The City Walls