Why did REM Organizers choose Ravenna?
Because the development of an important energy district starting from 1960 has secured the city with an international reputation as the Energy Centre of the Mediterranean Northern shore. This makes Ravenna the ideal venue for REM!
Easy to reach through an efficient network of connections, Ravenna offers a notable variety of landscapes such as rambling farmland with fruit groves, lagoons and canals lined with typical local fishing nets, sandy well-equipped beaches, centuries-old pinewoods and a clean sea.
Ravenna is also a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the highest order, a city with ancient origins and a glorious past and capital three times, of the Western Roman Empire, of King Theodoric of the Goths and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe.
Enjoy your staying in Ravenna by taking advantage of the many cultural and leisure opportunities offered by this venue!
Eight monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Moreover in town is the tomb of the exiled Dante Alighieri, who decided to live here and finished the ''Divine Comedy'' shortly before his death in 1321. Also Lord Byron lodged in Ravenna during his courtship of the local Countess Guiccioli.
The MAR art gallery hosts beautiful permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Interesting opera, plays, ballet seasons and festivals are always on offer at the two theatres in the city centre, moreover unique events in alternative locations are organized during the prestigious Ravenna Festival.
EATING is serious business around here! Romagna region boasts a culture dedicated to the unhurried eating and drinking of high quality, reasonably priced food and drinks. The fruitful countryside coupled with the region’s coastline provides the backdrop to the production of worldwide popular products. Fresh seafood, wine, home made pasta, extra-virgin olive oil and piadina bread are just some of the culinary strengths Romagna is famous for. They can be found in delicatessen shops, bars and kiosks as well as restaurants.
For further information:
RAVENNA TURISMO http://www.turismo.ra.it/eng/Homepage
RAVENNA INTORNO http://en.ravennaintorno.it/
How to get to Ravenna
Ravenna is at the crossroad between S.S. 16 Adriatica, which runs all along the Adriatic coast, Motorway A14 (from Milan, Florence, Bologna) and Highway E45/E7, which gets directly to Rome. Ravenna can be easily reached from the A14 motorway and from the E45 road via the network of highways connecting the city.
Ravenna is about 50 minutes by car from Bologna and Rimini airports.
Approximate driving times:
Bologna 50 min.
Rimini 1 hr.
Florence 2 hr.
Venice 2 hr.
Milan 3 hr.
Ravenna can be easily reached by train from Bologna (1 ½ hours) and Rimini (1 hour) which are connected to all major national and international lines. Ravenna railway station is a 5 minute drive from OMC venue.
There are direct regular air services into Bologna from most Italian and European airports, some of which are connected with Rimini too. Main intercontinental airports are Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.
REM will be held at
GRAND HOTEL MATTEI - CONFERENCE CENTRE, Viale E. Mattei 25, Ravenna, Italy
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Reduced rates for hotel bookings are grated to REM participants. For information and bookings please use the accommodation request form or contact:
Grand Hotel Mattei
Mrs Elodie Santini
Tel: 0039 0544 455902