Reggio Emilia Culture
Ravenna is linked to the great, precious mosaics, still intact today, which made its rich complex of 5th and 6th century Byzantine buildings unique in the world. The tradition of mosaic decoration is still alive today in the studios that reproduce the masterpieces of antiquity and create mosaic versions of contemporary works of art.
Visit the permanent exhibition of contemporary mosaics at the Loggetta Lombardesca to learn about current mosaic trends.
To the west of Ravenna is the city of Faenza which dates back to Etruscan - Roman times. Renowned for its ceramic production since the 12th century, today it has to more than 60 ceramic workshops.
Ravenna's high level of cultural vivacity can be seen at many top-level theatrical, ballet, opera, and concert events that take place during the year. From June to the end of July, the Ravenna Festival is held in the city. Not to miss are the Jazz Festival in July at the beautiful Rocca Brancaleone and the August Organ Music Festival in the Church of S. Vitale. On Friday evenings all the shops in the city center stay open and the S. Vitale complex is open to visitors.