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The mosaic-filled city of Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna—a stop on two Cultural Routes, ATRIUM – Architecture of Totalitarian Regimes of the 20th Century and The European Route of Ceramics—has played quite a historical role in Italy. Around 1,600 years ago, the city was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, Theodoric the Great and the Byzantine Empire—and has eight monuments to prove the power of its glory days. The first Roman fleet made its way to Ravenna in 82 BC, and Caesar later chose to place his headquarters in the city. Byzantine and Roman influences can be seen in the city’s architecture, a mélange of monastic cloisters, Baroque art and cloisters than have charmed the likes of writers and artists like Boccaccio and Gustav Klimt.

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