We took the train from Bologna Centrale to Ravenna on December 28 (Wednesday). The trip took a little over an hour, and it was foggy most of the way. In fact, it was foggy for most of our 3-day visit, apparently not unusual for this time of year.
Ravenna is a city that interested us when we had the idea to move to Italy. It is in flat farmland, is not overwhelmingly large, has a lot of art and history, is near the Adriatic and a couple of pine forests, and has an opera house and a classical music festival in the summer. All good things. We also hoped that the air quality would be better than in Bologna, but at least in the winter, that seems not to be the case.
Naturally we wanted to see the famous mosaics in the ancient churches and also explore some of the neighborhoods where we have been looking at apartments online. We did all of that; we saw all but one of the UNESCO sites, and did a lot of walking. We also took the local bus to neighboring Classe to see Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, and we rode another bus for a while to get a tour of the oceanside area, though the fog made seeing the ocean almost impossible.
The host at our hotel recommended a restaurant, Passarelli, and we went there for dinner twice. The food was really good, and we also had nice experiences meeting people there. The first night we met a young father, Niccolo, and his charming 3-year-old daughter, Lucrezia. On Thursday we had a long conversation with our waitress, who is from Moldavia. We also met a couple from Switzerland: the husband is a college professor of percussion (and a composer of percussion music) and an active maker of mosaics, and his wife is a grade school teacher. They spoke better French than Italian, and we supplemented with English.
In further posts I will talk about more specific places and experiences.