Miti e curiosità sulla città di Ravenna
The legendBetween history and legend. Being inspired from his face, the poet D’Annunzio wrote about him “Rage, death and sorrow were his seals”. According to legend, if a woman kisses him, she will get married before the end of the same year.
The writerOn 14 September 1921 “Dante’s bell” was erected; it was a gift from the town councils of Italy to the town of Ravenna. Every evening, while praying Holy Mary, the bell rings 13 tolls, just to remeber everyone that “it’s time to look forward to desire and it’s the time that moves the heart of seamen”.
The tree of freedom
Ravenna's main squareIn the centre of Ravenna’s main square (Piazza del popolo) there is a marble plaque with an inscription: it is believed that the tree of freedom was planted here on 15 February MDCCCXLVIII, during the period of the Roman Republic.
Teodorico e il fulmine
Mausoleo di TeodoricoAccording to legend, it had been predicted to Theodoric that he would have died because of a bolt of lightning; for this reason, to avoid this punishment, he erected the famous Mausoleum with a cupola made with one piece of Istrian stone. Every time that the sky started to threaten him, he would hide inside the Mausoleum. But destiny wanted that a bolt of lightning could be able to fall on the cupola, get inside the building and kill him.