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The municipality of Ravenna covers 654,88 Km2 with a population of about 151,000 inhabitants.
It is located in the North-East plain of Romagna, within the region of Emilia Romagna.

Ravenna stands at approximately 10km from the Adriatic Sea and its territory offers a notable variety of landscapes such as rambling farmland, lagoons and marshes, sandy beaches, centuries-old pinewoods and a clean sea.

Along its 35 kilometres of coast there are 9 seaside resorts, many natural reserves including the nationally important protected area of the Po’s Delta Park.

The town of Ravenna has ancient origins and a glorious past. Traces of its ancient past are found in the archaeology of the Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra and the vast Roman port of Classe.

Ravenna became the most important political and cultural centre of the West during the centuries that saw the decline of the Latin civilisation.

It was the capital three times: of the Western Roman Empire; of King Theodoric of the Goths; and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe.

Its basilicas and baptisteries contain a very rich heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries and eight historic buildings are included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

The historic heritage of Ravenna and its well-equipped beaches attract significant numbers of tourists every year.

Ravenna is also an important agricultural and industrial centre including its chemicals, energy and metallurgy complex and the Port of Ravenna.

In particular, the Port is nowadays one of the major Italian ports for break-bulk cargo and the main Italian port for handling of raw materials for ceramics, cereals, fertilisers and animal food.

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