Emilia Romagna

71 – (ITA STAGE 23) – Casalborsetti – Ravenna

Place of Departure CASALBORSETTI
Place of Arrival RAVENNA
Length – KM
Nation of the route Italy
Region Emilia Romagna
Uphill Gap
20 m
Downhill Gap
16 m
CAI (Diff. Escurs.) E
Praticability Foot


Stage 23 – Casal Borsetti – Ravenna – The stage will lead from the Adriatic Sea to Ravenna. It is distinguished by crossing the pine forest of San Vitale: for kilometers you will walk on dirt tracks immersed in a splendid and silent forest; then you will find the Mausoleum of Theodoric. No inhabited center on the stage: you need to bring water and food. Those who have stopped in Mandriole can avoid the coast and cross the beautiful Valle della Canna and the next pine forest, following the variant.

Along the canal, take Via Nino Bonnet. After passing the Church of San Lorenzo you enter the pine forest which is crossed on an internal road with the beach on the left; there are several campsites and thus we arrive at the Lamone river. After crossing the bridge, take the cycle path along the right bank of the river for several kilometres. Cross the SP 112, and you arrive at a dirt road where you meet the “Variante Trafila Garibaldina”. Having crossed the footbridge, you enter the pine forest of San Vitale, so called because it was formerly owned by the Benedictine monks of San Vitale of Ravenna. The landscape is fascinating in its wildness, cared for by man just enough to allow its enjoyment. After a while there is a first clearing, where the monks built the first house (“old house”) complete with a fountain; then you cross a canal. After a while there is a large clearing where it is easy to meet free horses. Cross this, and a canal: on the right a large plant to regulate the water (Via Mambelli cart track). Next is the “Benedictine threshing floor of Ca’ Nova”, a large structure that can be visited, where the monks worked medicinal herbs and especially pine nuts. Walking here is like walking in an “earthly paradise”. After a few kilometers we find another large canal. Bypassing another water regulation system, you leave the pine forest. Take the underpass of a link road of the Via Romea (Via Canale Magni); towards Via Romea Nord, cross the canal and take the parking street that runs alongside the establishments of the Le Bassette Shopping Centre. You always walk on the edge of the parking areas of the various establishments. After passing several roundabouts and the railway, you finally find yourself in the Teodorico Park with its original and beautiful Mausoleum of Theodoric. Leaving the Mausoleum area and passing the railway, you are at Rocca Brancaleone. Then you find the Basilica of San Giovanni, near the station and on the right; then you finally meet the historic center of Ravenna, with very important monuments: Via Armando Diaz, Piazza del Popolo, Via IV Novembre, Via Camillo Benso di Cavour, Basilica San Vitale.

23 – Points of Interest

Ravenna Pine Grove – The San Vitale Pine Grove is one of the most characteristic natural landscapes of the Ravenna area. Covering over 1,000 hectares, it is a fundamental element of the territory and the green lung of the city. Established around the year one thousand by the wise Camaldolese monks of San Vitale, its creation was intended to stop the advance of the salty sand and ensure a profitable harvest for the monastery. Today, it is a huge public park. The San Vitale Pine Grove offers a wide variety of plants such as oaks, English oaks, holm oaks, ash trees and poplars, and a rich undergrowth of asparagus fern and hawthorn. In the cooler months, it is a favourite destination and a joy for “pineroli”, gatherers of pine nuts. It is possible to cross the whole area on foot or by bicycle, starting from Ca’ Vecia and Ca’ Nova.

The Ravenna Lidos – The widest beaches on the Riviera Romagnola, where wellequipped bathing establishments alternate with wide, free beaches where you can relax in absolute tranquillity, all just a short distance from almost three thousand hectares of natural and protected pine forest, and a few kilometres from one of the most interesting cities of art in Italy. These beaches are Casal Borsetti, Marina Romea, Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna and Punta Marina. All the resorts are crossed by cycle tracks and paths suitable for walking and trekking.

Ravenna – This is a treasure trove of world-class art, history and culture, with an ancient and glorious past behind it. From the beginning of the 5th century A.D., Ravenna was a capital city three times: in the last stages of the Western Roman Empire (402-403), during the reign of the Goths of Theodoric (493-526), and finally under Byzantine rule (553- 751). Eight buildings are UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Baptistery of Neon, the Chapel of St. Andrew, the Arian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe). Alongside these, other sites of artistic and archaeological interest help to reconstruct the city’s ancient history, such as the Domus of the Stone Carpets, the Ancient Port of Classe and the recent CLASSIS Ravenna – Museum of the City and Territory. Ravenna preserves the mortal remains of Dante Alighieri. Also worth seeing is the MAR – City Art Museum, which offers temporary exhibitions and various permanent collections (including the Contemporary Mosaics Collection); the TAMO Museum – All the Adventure of Mosaic, with its permanent exhibition dedicated to the art of mosaics from ancient times to the contemporary age; the National Museum of Ravenna, the Classense Library. The Rocca Brancaleone (Brancaleone Fortress), dating back to the Venetian period, has a lush garden and an arena for open-air shows. The importance of Ravenna between the 5th and 6th centuries is demonstrated by the precious mosaics preserved in its ancient early Christian and Byzantine buildings

please, see the Official Guide of the Via Romea Germanica (www.guidaromea.eu)


WARNING! in the wetlands of the plains provide yourself with products against mosquitoes

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How to arrive

From airport (BOLOGNA, VENEZIA, MILANO-ORIO, VERONA) to Ravenna FS Railway Station   BUS/LOCAL TRAIN – From Ravenna FS Railway Station with START bus route – 25 km (www.startromagna.it; Tel. 199199158)

Where to eat

  Typical Dishes = Il Cucchiaio Typical Dishes = Dissapore Typical Dishes = Gambero Rosso Typical Dishes = Buonissimo
Casa della Carità via Santa Teresa,8 – 48121 RAVENNA 339-5458726 (sister Virginia)
info@operasantateresa.com www.operasantateresa.it Arrangement
 Chiosco La Baracchina Via A.Grandi – Le Bassette 48123 RAVENNA     www.facebook.com/pg/Baracchina-206082876856/about/

Where to sleep

Casa della Carità via Santa Teresa,8 – 48121 RAVENNA 339-5311094 (don Alberto Graziani)
info@operasantateresa.com www.operasantateresa.it Arrangement
Hotel Ravenna via P.Maroncelli,12 – 48121 RAVENNA 0544- 212204 info@hotelravenna.ra.it www.hotelravenna.ra.it
Hostel “DANTE” (at the moment it is closed) Via Nicolodi, 12 – 48100 RAVENNA 0544-421164 hostelravenna@hotmail.com www.hostelravenna.com
Fraternità S. Damiano (ex convento Frati Cappuccini) via Oberdan 6 -48100 RAVENNA 338 85 89 482 fraternita@fraternitasandamiano.it  
B&B Anastagi via Anastagi 34, 48100 RAVENNA 0544-215290 / 339-3000103 info@anastagi.com www.anastagi.com
B&B Al Borgo via San Mama 53, 48100 RAVENNA 0544-405442 alborgora@gmail.com  
B&B La Rotonda sul Parco via delle Industrie,16, 48122 RAVENNA 0544-684082 / 335-6318877 info@bblarotonda.it www.bblarotonda.it
 Hotel Centrale Byron Via IV Novembre,14 – 48121 RAVENNA 0544-33479 info@hotelbyron.com www.hotelbyron.com

Bike Service

Centobici Via Lanciani,24 – 48122 RAVENNA  329-4515636    
Casa del Ciclo Via Santa Mama,152 – 48121 RAVENNA 0544-407495/272329    
Raceware Via Santa Mama,10 – 48121 RAVENNA 0544-219097    
Pezzi di Bici Via Maggiore,199 – 48121 RAVENNA 0544-462441    
Salinbici Circonvallazione San Gaetanino,118 – 48123 RAVENNA 393-9790222 / 0544-458936    
Cicli di Buono Via Serra,36 – 48121 RAVENNA  0544-67866    
Bike Rental – Coop. S.Vitale (near FS railway station) Piazza Farini,1 – 48121 RAVENNA  0544-37031 / 345-7187028    

Pilgrim Service

VISIT – EMILIA-ROMAGNA       www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it/it/vie-di-pellegrinaggio/via-romea-germanica
CAI RAVENNA Via Castel San Pietro 26, 48100 RAVENNA 0544-472241 ravenna@cai.it www.cairavenna.it
IAT RAVENNA via Luca Longhi, 9 – 48100 RAVENNA 0544 35404 – 35755 iatravenna@comune.ra.it;
Tavalazzi Pamela – organizzatrice cammini via Gramsci, 8 – 44011 ARGENTA FE 338-6071909 pamela@studiotavalazzi.com www.studiotavalazzi.com

Photos from the track