Antico Porto di Classe
Antico Porto di Classe
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The ancient port of class back to life, founded by the Roman emperor Augustus, flourishing age of empire, of Theodoric and the Byzantine rule, when Ravenna and Classe reached their apogee political and economic.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Hampshire123
Hampshire, England91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Yes, worth going. There is a good introduction in multi media room - only in Italian but lots of visuals so it is clear. A walkway through the site with information boards (also in English) and reconstruction images on clear glass panels are helpful.

We found it a bit of a tussle to get there so hope this will help. We arrived at Ravenna stazione from Bologna. Before you leave the station there is a newsagents kiosk type shop on the left. You can buy bus tickets there - you buy one for each bit of a journey.

So if you want to go to St Apollinaire in Classe and Antico Porto di Classe, buy 3 tickets per person. They are valid for an hour and you will probably need more than that at each place. The tickets are less than 2euro each.

Outside the station, cross the road and slightly to the left by the park is the No 4 bus stop. Assuming you'll visit St Apollinaire first, get on the No 4 to Classe using ticket #1. On the outskirts of Ravenna is a roundabout with brightly coloured tortoises sculptures on. The stop for the port is in this area. You can't miss the St Apollinaire stop - it looms large.

After your visit, you'll find a bus stop further into Classe or back onto the main straight road back to Ravenna. You need the No 4 again - ticket #2. At the end of the straight stretch, about 2/3rds of the way down the 2nd field on the right hand side - you'll possibly see trains on the railway line on the far side of the fields, get off the bus. There are some shops and a bakery also called "Porto Antico", which serves good coffee and cakes on the other side of the road and it is worth walking back for. The entrance to Porto Antico is at the end of the 2nd field on the right.

To return to Ravenna, go back to the same bus stop and use ticket #3. The bus does go through a residential area, which is a bit disconcerting but it works! Back to the stazione, where it is a short walk back to Ravenna centre.
Written May 1, 2016
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apocalypsenow66
Milan, Italy121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Opened almost 18 months ago this is an outstanding place if you are interested in antique Rome. Best time to visit around sunset. One remark: this place has to be visited with a guided tour. We had the tour (almost one hour) with the site responsible guy who was part of the archeological team which worked here in the last ten years. It was truly an experience to understand the history behind the site. Without the guided tour it is really difficult to appreciate the site and the background. The site is 10 minutes drive from Ravenna center and almost close by S. Apollinare in Classe.
Written April 29, 2017
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divermario
Rome, Italy198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Ravenna (& Classe, a bunch of miles from it) was the place of a huge roman port, hosting one of the 3 imperial fleets in ancient times. This is not the place of the Roman navy (this is buried somewhere in Ravenna, near the city hospital). But the place of a small commercial port placed by the side of one of the navy's port access channels. Still, a nice place to visit in a summer afternoon, if you have the opportunity to join a tour with an archeologist guide, otherwise it's difficult to catch the "smell of the place". Conveniently near the Sant'Apollinare in Classe basilica...
Written August 1, 2019
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Leon M
Biloxi, MS70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Guided tours in English were not available when we visited, so we opted to do it on our own. I'm interested in Roman history and construction techniques, so this was a must-see for me. If that's not your thing, you can skip it without a sense of having missed much.

What you get is a bunch of remnants of walls, floors, wells, etc, with good explanatory signage in Italian and English. The audio-visual presentation mentioned by other reviewers was not working when we visited. As far as I know there is no audio guide option. There is an innovative use of transparent boards with graphics representing the buildings that you are supposed to be able to super-impose on the remaining wall fragments, but I was having trouble making these line up. (Looks like a great opportunity for a scale model in the visitor center.) Walking around the site, on raised platforms, was easy.

There were a few other visitors when we were there (shortly after opening time), including one family with kids. Not sure what the 6-year old got out of it except a pleasant day out with his parents.

I would definitely pay for the guided tour if it is available. From the reviews below, I would say that easily would have added a star.
Written October 31, 2018
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Ellen R
Jerusalem37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
I see other reviews of Anitco Porto that are positive. They seem to be with a guide. I went without a guide. Was given the option of seeing the audio-visual in Italian or in English, was warned that the English version is very loud. Yes, it was loud but it was also impossible to understand. I caught only a few words here and there and after about 10 minutes left before the end -- the audio-visual was a waste of time. I had seen photos of the site prior to my visit. The photos looked boring. But since I was in the area, visiting the wonderful church, I decided to go to the port. I walked the 2.2 km because I was unable to figure out which bus would take me there. See a different review that explains - buy three tickets and use the #4 bus. That information is worthwhile. I had two #4 bus trips (Ravenna to church in Classe and port in Classe to Ravenna). I bought the tickets on the bus, 2 Euro each trip. The remains of the excavation were uninteresting. I walked the entire site, read all the signs, but it was a waste of time. Again, maybe with a guide the visit is good, but without one it's a disaster.
Written June 26, 2018
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lesshephard
Urbino, Italy1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
We spent an entire morning at the Porto di Classe and could have spent the entire day. Our guide was a lead archaeologist (Paolo Martinelli) for the excavation and helped to re-create the personal experience of discovery and a trip back in time that traversed more than 2000 years from the initial founding of this area in ~ 500 BC through the development of a military port and subsequently a major commercial center of all of northern Italy with goods coming into the Port from all of the Mediterranean as well as across all of northern Italy by boat. It is a compelling story that subsequently connects to the ongoing changes in Ravenna and its rise as the major city in the Roman Empire. The development of Classe was easy to imagine based on Paolo's description and the structures that have been excavated. A church is now being excavated with profound floor mosaics that ill be open in the next year. Further, they are constructing a museum for the various artifacts from Classe that will also open next year. Porto de Classe was terrific - educational, historical, "fun" and very well organized. Don't miss it!
Written September 18, 2017
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Donna D S
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
Most excellent adventure! It's only been open for a few years, and is an active archeological site, there were people digging through an area of the site while we were there. The interpretative display at the beginning was helpful at setting the stage, and we'd already seen most of the UNESCO sites in Ravenna, as well as the Museo Nazionale, so had an idea of what we could expect. Well worth the #4 bus trip from Ravenna!
Written May 11, 2017
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Tiziano B
Pisa, Italy108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Do not expect a well preserved ancient harbor like Ostia antica. You can see only some walls and substructures of buildings, stores, bridges etc. However the site is inspiring and gives you an idea of the complexity of the ancient military port of the major roman fleet in Adriatic and eastern Roman Empire territories. At the gate building there is also a nice 180 degrees wall video and a floor projection introducing the history of the port.
Written May 3, 2017
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Piera
Italy96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Solo
Waterscape archaeology is one of my best interests: Porto di Classe is an extraordinary archaeological park. Excellent excavation and restoration.
Written July 11, 2016
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Abrahamkatt
Loreto, Italy152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
Visiting Antico Porto di Classe I found how important it is to get immersed in history. Every stone has something to tell us. It is really lovely.
Written June 26, 2016
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