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Ravenna

Getting there & around

ATM (www.atm.ra.it in Italian) buses depart from Piazza Farini for towns along the coast. Punto Bus (0544 68 99 00; 6.30am-7.30pm Mon-Sat, from 7.30am Sun), on the piazza, is ATM’s information and ticketing office.

Ravenna is on a branch (A14 dir) of the main east coast A14 autostrada. The SS16 (Via Adriatica) heads south to Rimini and on down the coast. The main car parks are east of the train station and north of the Basilica di San Vitale.

Trains connect with Bologna (€4.90, 1½ hours, hourly), Ferrara (€4.40, 1¼ hours, 17 daily), Faenza (€2.60, 40 minutes, hourly), Rimini (€3, one hour, hourly) and the south coast.

In town, cycling is popular. In spring and summer, there’s a free bike-hire service for visitors. Simply pick up a key from the main branch of the tourist office, borrow a bike from one of the cycle stalls around town and return it to the same rack. Red bikes are for residents, yellow for visitors.

Cooperativa Sociale la Formica (0544 3 70 31; Piazza Farini; per hr/day €1.10/8.50; 7am-8pm Mon-Sat) rents out bikes from outside the train station and acts as a left-luggage office.