During this time when we are all dealing with the fearsome virus that has literally changed our lives, I thought it might be helpful to provide some simple information and advice to better spend our quarantine, but also to plan our future as soon as the pandemic period is over. If you have been forced to postpone your trip to Ravenna, or simply want to find out more about this wonderful city, here are some simple ways to immerse yourself in the art and culture of this territory, and to discover its rich heritage right from your sofa.
First of all, while waiting to be able to explore Ravenna in person and get in touch with its history and traditions, I propose you a series of very interesting books about this city and the Romagna territory: from the history of Ravenna written by Dario Fo to the memories of great writers who passed through the city, up to the texts written in dialect…
- Il richiamo di Ravenna. La città e i suoi dintorni secondo i visitatori stranieri – Eraldo Baldini e Dante Bolognesi, Angelo Longo editore. A Complete and accurate work that collects all the texts dedicated to Ravenna by famous travelers between 1800 and 1960, including works by George Byron, Sigmund Freud and Herman Hesse.
- I misteri di Ravenna. La faccia nascosta della storia e della memoria – Eraldo Baldini, Ponte vecchio editore.In this book you can find all the charm of Ravenna, which has been capital for three times, and Baldini, the writer, shows the city to those who do not know it with mystery and gentlemanly respect.
- Romagna mia! – Cristiano Cavina, Laterza editore.The book is composed of a series of short ironic stories, myths and anecdotes written with the clear intent to “save Romagna before she ends up like Atlantis”, i.e. before history submerges her and we’ll know nothing more about her.
- La vera storia di Ravenna – Dario Fo, Franco Cosimo Panini editore. Some scene notes of the Nobel Prize winner, dedicated to the”Caput aquarum” Romagna city, in which Fo resumes some old stories and ancient legends, to recreate the atmosphere of the time when Ravenna was a set of islands, and its territory inspired stories of popes, emperors, great works of hydraulic engineering, luxuries and betrayals.
For those interested, in addition, the Ravenna Turismo website offers a series of virtual tours of the city’s main monuments, that will give you a 360º view of the most beautiful and best preserved mosaics in the world. An inestimable cultural heritage that you can virtually enjoy while waiting for better times.
You can access it directly by clicking HERE.
…focus on the details: the lush nature and the beautiful animals depicted remind us of the greatness of creation around us and give us courage and hope for the future.