We had breakfast at the Hotel Careggi in Florence and then checked out at 10:00. We waked the three blocks to the tram stop and took the tram to the main train station, Florence S.M.N. The 11:00 train to Bologna was a little late but we had assigned seats so there was no frantic scramble to get on and find a seat.
We arrived in Bologna at 11:35 and caught the regional train to Ravenna at 12:05. We had second class seats but we sat in first class since there weren't many people around. The ticket checker came along right as we rolled into Ravenna so we never had to show our tickets.
Our hotel in Ravenna was right behind the train station so it was easy to find. Ravenna is a small city of about 160,000 people. It is most famous for its fabulous early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, which date back to the time when Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. Eight of the historic buildings are Unesco World Heritage sites.