Last weekend we went to Ravenna. It is in Emilia Romagna, east of Bologna and south of Venice. I had always heard there were beautiful mosaics there, but had never been there before. It was easy enough: fast train to Bologna (two hours from Rome), then a slow local train to Ravenna (80 minutes). The mosaic above is in the Basilica San Vitale, depicting the Empress Theodora. Ravenna has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
More window-shopping. Emilia-Romagna is in Northern Italy, and you’ll find Bologna, Modena, Parma, Ferrara and Rimini here. The food was quite different from Rome, and delicious. What we did not know was that the night we arrived (12 October) was the Notte d’Oro, the Night of Gold. Like the Notte Bianca in Rome: concerts, museums open late, and hordes of people.
This was also the opening weekend of a mosaic festival, so through the weekend we encountered modern mosaic pieces among the ancient sites. Quite an interesting juxtaposition.
There were masses of people out, concerts in the piazzas, and we finally sought refuge at the mosaics exhibit at TAMO. Museum were open late that evening, and it was lovely and tranquil there. This is from the exhibit.