Do you have a travel bucket list? I certainly do. From countries I’d love to visit to weekend trips I want to take, I keep an ever-growing list of places to go. This summer has been good for checking off island destinations, starting with my trip to France’s under-the-radar Ile de Re and ending with Italy’s sun-drenched Sardinia. The latter is where my boyfriend and I have spent the last four days, and it has certainly lived up to expectations.
I haven’t traveled to Florence since I was 12 years old. Back then I was only interested in two things: gelato and shopping. I refused to enter the Duomo. I didn’t want to see the Uffizi. All I wanted to do was eat stracciatella and buy clothes at Benetton.
After visiting the breathtaking hilltop principality of San Marino and exploring the Roman mosaics in Ravenna, my Italy travels continued with a stop in Bologna. The famous university city in the Emilia-Romagna region is best known for its culinary treasures, and those were what I set out to discover during my trip.
Of all the places to visit in Italy, Ravenna isn’t the most obvious. In fact, most people haven’t even heard of it. But Ravenna has been on my travel list for nine years. Why? It has to do with the Romans.