In a hidden and magic place also in Ravenna the sun sets over water. Which is not obvious here on the east coast where we are used to dawns that sometimes light up the sky of pink and orange and sometimes rise timid in the mist.
One of the places in which to enjoy an unusual sunset is Pialassa Piomboni. For tourists it is not easy to reach this place because few people know it and it is out of the classic routes of tourism.
You'll have to get to Marina di Ravenna - one of the most loved seaside resort by Ravenna inhabitants - and head to the inner part of the village, to a place hidden by a lush green pinewood that folds on it like a shred of velvet. On the opposite side the factories and a stripe of peaceful water.
Walking along the unpaved path that runs along the pialassa - a body of standing water similar to a lagoon - is a relaxing experience. Cars are far beyond the pine forest, and in front of you the typical fishing huts and clouds are reflected in the calm water.
The wooden huts, called 'capanni', are used by the owners to have a Sunday lunch with friends or spend a moment of solitude. They are not used for fishing here in Pialassa Piomboni since they are too close to heavy industry companies whose chimneys, often looming, find their charm when the sun goes down and they are transformed into black silhouettes in the distance.
How to get there
By car: from Ravenna follow the signs Lidi Sud / Marina di Ravenna. At the roundabout after the big parking on the right, take the second exit and go straign on the long road plunged into the pine forest till the roundabout after the oil station. Take the third exit at this roundabout and follow the main road that turns left.
At the very end of the road there is a free parking area. Leave the car here and procede on foot along the dirty road in the pine forest. The path will lead you to the pialassa
By bus: Bus n. 70 or 80 from Ravenna, the closest stop is Marchesato (ask the bus driver)