First Day: FERRARA – RAVENNA BEACHES The guided tour begins with a bus tour of the late fifteenth-century city walls to get to the heart of the Erculea addition, the Renaissance district of the city, where you can admire the most sumptuous places of the Estense court, including the Palazzo dei Diamanti ( outside), the Certosa Monumentale (exterior) and the Piazza Ariostea. We continue with a walk towards the medieval center where we visit the outside and the courtyard of the Estense Castle, an imposing defensive structure built at the end of the 13th century, embellished as a residence in the 16th century. Passing in front of the Palazzo Arcivescovile from eighteenth-century, continue towards the Ducal Palace, the first residence of the Este family, in front of which stands the Romanesque-Gothic facade of the Cathedral of San Giorgio, founded in 1135. We then continue the walk through Piazza Erbe, towards the oldest streets of the medieval city: via Volte and the medieval merchant village, until you reach the ancient Jewish Quarter. In the early afternoon short free time available to complete the visits then transfer to the area of the Ravenna beaches.
Second Day: RAVENNA BEACHES / Excursion RAVENNA Full day guided tour to discover the monuments of the Roman age such as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Baptistery of the Orthodox by retracing the places dear to the Ostrogoth king Theodoric with his famous mausoleum, the Basilica of St. Apollinare Nuovo and the Arian Baptistery. Afterwards we will reach the splendor of the Byzantine age of the basilicas of S. Vitale and S. Apollinare in Classe.
Third Day: COMACCHIO – POMPOSA Departure for Comacchio, a town of lagoon origin also called “Little Venice” for the bridges and canals that cross it. Meeting with the guide and the beginning of the visit, passing to the historic center over the scenic Trepponti bridge, gateway and true symbol of the city and then stroll through the narrow streets that flank the canals. Then transfer to Codigoro and lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon guided tour of the famous Pomposa Abbey founded in the seventh century by Benedictine monks who settled on what was once an island between two branches of the Po. In the Middle Ages Pomposa became one of the most prosperous and powerful abbeys of northern Italy thanks to the continuous and assiduous land reclamation work. You can admire the Romanesque architecture of the church, the elegant bell tower and frescoes that refer to the art of Giotto.