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Roads of the Blue in Ravenna
Sunday 8 May 2016
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Galla Placidia {JPEG} Elaborate a "Blue Trail" around Ravenna, in the footsteps of the great painter Giotto, studying materials, techniques and color quality, especially blue in all its nuances.

The stages are planned in Assisi (Umbria), Rimini, Ravenna (Romagna), Bologna (Emilia), Padova (Veneto). The itinerary can be virtual, from different types of sources: guided tours on the internet, documentary research, artistic practice workshops.

Padova Giotto : capella Scrovegni {JPEG}

Another track for the "Blue Roads in Europe" would be the "Riviera" Romagnola which borders the Adriatic Sea for more than 90 km. Illustrated by the films of Fellini, it offers tourists many bathing establishments, sports, music and spa therapies. This seaside tourism goes back to the Fifties. There are 9 "lidos" in Ravenna: Casal Borsetti, Marina Romea, Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina, Lido Adriano, Lido di Dante, Lido di Savio e Lido di Classe.

There are pine forest, white sand beaches, small ports for berthing sailboats and a protected natural area of ​​valleys. This blue thread of the sea creates a bridge with other countries overlooking the Adriatic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania; it carries legends through these testimonies of the past that still speak to us today.

Faience Plate Melog­rano {JPEG} Our paths of the blue also pass by Faenza and the ceramic collections of the museum of the city. The abundance of clay in the local territory has made the city of Faenza one of the most important and original production centers of Italy, to the point of finding, in French, in the word "faïence", and in English, in the term "faience", the toponym linked to majolica. In the polychrome works, there is the blue color which preserves the charm of the oriental origin in a series of names, like "sapphire blue" or "damask blue". The route of the outremer blue, from Venetian trade to the "boutiques" of artisans and artists from all over Europe, reveals a deep attraction exercised by the blue color that becomes a symbol of openness to other peoples.

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