Ravenna: it will be a fantastic weekend!
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The weekend is about to begin and Ravenna and its beaches are ready to party! Loads of events are waiting for you, from today until Sunday, and we – your favourite editorial team of Emilia Romagna Tourism – selected the top appointments to suit your tastes.
Spiagge Soul Festival
Where: Ravenna seaside
When: Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July
See the detailed programme on: www.spiaggesoulfestival.it
For 9 years the top international soul artists have been gathering on the beaches of Ravenna in the summer. Fifteen days – from 15th to 31st July – of pure soul music with live performances in the most exclusive venues, establishments and restaurants of the coast from late afternoon to late night. On the plus side, the festival is free.
Comedy Central Tour
Where: Piazzale Adriatico, Marina di Ravenna
When: Friday 21 and Saturday 22 July, 9pm
If the workload has stressed you over and the only thing that could restore you is a good laugh, then marina di Ravenna is the place to be. Tonight and tomorrow night Piazzale Adriatico hosts Comedy Central Tour, an itinerant show of Sky 124 with some of the best Italian comedy acts. Gabriele Cirilli, Dario Cassini, Max Cavallari and many others are waiting for you at 9pm to entertain and liven up the night! Free admission with limited number of seats, so be on time 😉
Gala Svetlana Zakharova & Friends
Where: Mauro de Andrè Arena, Viale Europa, 1 Ravenna
When: Saturday 22 July, 9.30pm
Lightness, elegance and beauty. If you love ballet and are fascinated by it, you can’t miss tomorrow’s appointment with Ravenna Festival, the last event with Svetlana Zakharova at Mauro de Andrè Arena. The étoile of Moscow’s Bol’šoj Theatre will be accompanied by a selected group of chosen artists – Denis Rodkin, Mikhail Lobukhin, Anastasia Stashkevich, Anna Ol and Semyon Velichko – that will perform in a series of enchanting choreographic gems. Tickets available at www.ravennafestival.org
Fireworks for Saint Apollinaris
Where: beaches of Ravenna (shooting points: Casal Borsetti, Porto Corsini/Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, Lido di Dante, Lido di Classe)
When: Saturday 22 July, 11.30pm
26 minutes of bright and shiny fireworks, that will illuminate the coast of Ravenna for an unforgettable show. That’s what is expecting you if are coming to the beaches of Ravenna, a surprise that the city dedicates this year and for the first time to the patron Saint Apollinaris. On Sunday the city will pay homage to its first Bishop, to whom the two famous basilicas are named after (Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and Sant’Apollinare in Classe). A fantastic show not to be missed.
Concert for Saint Apollinaris
Where: Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Via di Roma 39
When: Sunday 23 July, 9pm
The weekend is nearly over, but not quite, and there’s plenty of time for one last event. Don’t miss the appointment with the traditional Concert for Saint Apollinaris organised by Emilia Romagna Concerti at the prestigious Basilica Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. Its stunning polychrome mosaics will frame the performance of 100 young British musicians from the Youth Concert Band and Youth Brass Band.
The events taking place in these days in Ravenna are not over…
On Friday night the city centre turns into an explosion of colours and music with the many concerts, markets and guided tours and the late opening hours of shops.
Among the numerous initiatives, we highly recommend the two itineraries by Mosaico di Notte to discover the most meaningful monuments of the city by night. Tonight, the special guided tour Una notte in Abbazia to get to know better the former monastery of the Classense Library and its collections.
If you love nature don’t miss the guided excursions by canoe, scheduled all over the weekend, on the mouth of river Bevano: a privileged point to admire the protected area of Ortazzo-Ortazzino and the historical pine forest of Classe.
Music, dance, comedy theatre, guided tours by night in the green of the pine forests, and the lights of the fireworks on the beaches. This, and much more than that, is waiting for you this weekend in Ravenna!