Romagna between the Roman and the Byzantine Empireo
Romagna between the Roman and the Byzantine Empire
Three-day tour between history, nature and good food
Romagna was already a wealthy region during the imperial time, and its importance grew even more with the rise of Ravenna to the role of capital of the Western Roman Empire. Traces of this glorious past are to be found in Rimini, Sarsina, the Byzantine basilicas of Ravenna shining with mosaics.
Bellaria and Rimini
After a morning training in Bellaria, advisable for those who wish to undertake this itinerary by bike, you’ll head for a guided tour of the Rimini city center with Rimini Caput Viarum, retracing the Roman vestiges of the town. In the afternoon, stop at the Museo della Città, to discover its pre-historical roots up to the seaside Rimini painted in the manifestoes by Grunau. The tour closes with a visit to the Domus of the Surgeon, which like a small Pompeii keeps a view of the daily life of those times.
Bellaria – Igea Marina –> 17 km –> Rimini
Sarsina and Bertinoro
Sarsina is one of the main archaeological sites of the Roman era in Italy, with a museum born from the finding of the Necropolis of Pian di Bezzo. Sarsina is also the birth town of playwright Titus Maccius Plautus and every Summer the Arena Plautina, in the nearby city of Calbano, hosts the prestigious Plautus Festival.
Then stop in Bertinoro (the ancient Forum Druentinorum) where to give yourelf a break to taste the wine of cellar Campo del Sole, to end with some well-deserved relax at the Terme della Fratta.
Bellaria – Igea Marina –> 55 km–> Sarsina –> 33 km –> Bertinoro –> 7 km –> Fratta Terme –> 38 km –>Bellaria – Igea Marina
Ravenna is a treasure that came intact to us from the Byzantine era, when as an imperial capital it put its magnificent vest of polychrome mosaics, whose brilliant blue, green and golden colors keep the brightness they had when they were placed. This is why you should definitively visit the San Vitale basilica, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano: it’s like jumping back across history.
Back to Bellaria, it is worth stopping in Classe, to visit the simple and wondrous basilica of Sant’Apollinare.
Bellaria – Igea Marina –> 39 km –> Ravenna –> 10 km –> Classe –> 35 km –> Bellaria – Igea Marina