About Ravenna

Explore the town of Ravenna on foot, and you'll be captivated by the heavenly mix of traditional shops and corner cafes, pretty pedestrianised streets and peaceful squares.


But for a more celestial experience, head inside Ravenna's 1,500-year-old basilicas and mausoleums to admire the exceptional byzantine mosaics glittering overhead and beneath your feet. Like hidden treasure twinkling gold and sapphire, the tiled domes and floors reflect the historical, political and religious events in Ravenna - from the seat of the Western Roman Empire in 402 AD, through to the fifth and sixth centuries.


Shimmering between the precious marble and stuccos, you'll be struck by the sheer craftsmanship and time required to complete such ambitious patterns and scenes. The author Dante, who spent his last years in Ravenna, once described this clever artwork as a 'symphony of colour'. Visit his resting place less than a kilometre from the Basilica, before strolling to Piazza del Popolo for a freshly-brewed espresso.


Shore excursions in Ravenna

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Day at the Beach

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 7½ hours

Take a beach break with a flourish of Italian sophistication at one of Ravenna’s spectacular lidos.

Enjoy a laid-back day of sunbathing, swimming and feeling the sand between your toes on one of Ravenna’s long, golden beaches.

On arrival, you’ll enjoy a welcome drink and you’ll have the tranquillity of the Adriatic in front of you and a lush pinewood forest with walking trails behind you. Nearby, you’ll find bars and restaurants, so you you can sip a cocktail and read a book on your comfortable sun lounger.

You’ll have approximately 7 hours at the beach. It’s your day to spend it exactly as you please.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Changing rooms and safety deposit box available for hire. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. Sunbeds are included, however, umbrellas are shared ( one every 2 guests). Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to any swimming activities. There may be independent suppliers on the beach that offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises.

Bologna On Your Own

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 8¼ hours

This transfer is designed for you to discover the delights of Bologna at your leisure.

Disembarking your coach in Bologna, your host will escort you on a short 15 minute walk to the monumental heart of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, and this is where your adventure begins.

As you walk through this treasure-filled city, the shadows of the past surround you. You’ll have approximately 4½ hours to explore the impressive buildings around Piazza Maggiore or climb the Leaning Towers, which has become a well known symbol of the city. Should you consider visiting the interior of the Leaning Towers, it will be necessary to negotiate approximately 447 steps each way.

Wander through the shops or sample the delicious Italian cuisine at restaurants nearby. Venture further afield and discover as many of Bologna’s treasures as your pace allows.

This is the perfect opportunity to tailor your day and make the most of your time in this wonderful city.

At a time specified by your escort, you’ll meet up and walk back to the coach park for the return drive to Ravenna.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Journey time to Bologna is 1½ hours each way. There is a 20 minute walk to the city centre. This tour is unguided, exclusive of lunch and entrance fees. City maps will be provided on the coach and local transportation in Bologna is readily available. Coaches cannot be held for latecomers, please take note of the pick-up time and place.

Faenza City Of Ceramics

Activity highShopping

Duration: 5¼ hours

A rare opportunity to gain an insight into the gifted hands of the local craftsmen and women of the Faenza International Museum of Ceramics.

Embark on a pleasant hour’s drive to the beautiful city of Roman origin - Faenza. Faenza is a splendid city of art whose fame shone through in the Renaissance period with its production of exquisitely made pottery that was exported all over Europe.

Enjoy a tour around the International Museum of Ceramics which includes the world’s largest collection of Italian and European ceramics, from the Medieval Ages right up to the 19th century.

A walk in the old town, you can admire the architectural ceramic details and the elegant central square, Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have some free time to explore on your own.

Afterwards, you’ll visit the ceramic workshop, where you can see the various stages of production. You’ll see how to work the clay on the potter's wheel, firing, enamelling, painting and finally the 2nd firing. Watch in admiration as these proud, skilful workmen and women produce these amazing, colourful, elaborate objects.

After your insight into the production of these exquisite items you will have the opportunity to purchase pieces from a choice of various handmade souvenirs.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour over cobblestones and uneven surfaces and around 30 steps to negotiate. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites.

Ferrari Museum

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 6¼ hours

Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to enter the glamourous world of supercars with a trip to the Ferrari Museum.

Departing from the pier, it’s approximately 1¾ hours’ drive to Maranello - home to an Italian marque famous across the world: Ferrari.

Inaugurated in February 1990 and run directly by Ferrari since 1995, the museum holds Ferrari’s past, present and future.The exhibition is divided into four areas, which will appeal to both racing fans and those passionate about classic cars.

Here you’ll find Formula 1, themed exhibitions, technological innovations and photographic shows, telling the story of the men, machines and moments that have contributed to the company’s glorious history. One showcase displays all the most important trophies collected in over fifty years of competition, including those held aloft by Schumacher on podiums around the globe. On the upper floor a space is dedicated to technological innovation. This area hosts special vehicles like the F50, the 550 Barchetta Pininfarina and other experimental models.

Before the visit ends, you’ll have time to shop in the Ferrari store. Budding champions can even put their driving skills to the test in a Ferrari simulator.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours’ of walking on this tour and around 50 steps to negotiate at the museum. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The Ferrari simulator is not included in the price of the tour.

Introduction To Bologna

Activity highShopping

Duration: 7 hours

See the highlights of this enchanting city with its magnificent medieval buildings and piazzas.

Upon arrival at Bologna, you’ll join your guide for a walk to the monumental heart of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore. Surrounding the square you’ll find impressive medieval buildings and palaces. Take a moment to admire the magnificent Neptune Fountain, a masterpiece by sculptor Giambologna.

The most notable building in the square is the Basilica of San Petronio. It is the 5th largest church in the world and is said to be able to hold 28,000 people. One of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy built between the 14th and 17th centuries, the wide interior features important works of art by several renowned artists. Don’t miss the fascinating sundial on the nave floor.

Continuing along Via Archiginnasio, you’ll see the harmonious palace that once served as a university campus. From here, continue to the Leaning Towers, which have become a symbol of the city.

You’ll then have approximately 1½ hours for independent exploration. You may choose to browse the elegant shops or simply relax in a café for a typical Italian lunch, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of this medieval city.

In the afternoon, relax on your return journey and reminisce about the splendours of this ancient city.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Bologna takes 1¼ hours. There is approximately 2 hours of walking on this tour over cobblestones and uneven surfaces and around 60 steps to negotiate. Flat-soled comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Please dress appropriately when visiting sacred sites.

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