As you know we have been racing up the east coast of Italy to get to Venice. A few people had mentioned to us that Ravenna is a “must do” stop along the way so here we are. As it happens, we managed to time our arrival just ahead of some really nasty weather. Across in northern Croatia the Bora is honking and there have been 45-50kts winds with the accompanying swell so it is great to be tucked up in the very well sheltered Marina Marinara here in the town of Marina di Ravenna. The town of Ravenna itself is a short bus ride inland and sits at the end of a very long canal which divides Marina di Ravenna in two. Although the morning was fairly quite weather-wise, rain and strong winds are predicted here as well so mooring lines have been doubled. We are in for a creaky night!
Ravenna is best known for its 6th century mosaics. That is about the extent of my “research” before we arrived, so I would like to share with you a “typical” ITIKI tourism day.
OK it did get better after that, the rain stopped and although the sun didn’t come out we stumbled upon the tourist office, got a map and some tips and visited a few more places before jumping on the bus back to the marina. Our 5-monument pass is valid for 7 days so we can knock over a few more attractions tomorrow morning before an overnight passage to Venice. The weather should ease overnight. Oh and by the way, those mosaics really are very special.
PS: As I write this we are tucked up on the boat, its 10C outside plus windchill (30kts) and its raining again. Shore power is on, our heating is on, there is a hot water bottle in the bed. There is a serious swell running outside of the breakwater and there are some crazy windsurfers and kite surfers who are still on the go at 8pm! I hope they have good, thick wetsuits!
Lynda is slowly getting used to the transition from working to not working and racing to cruising.