Last week was definitely one to remember for WaVE project partners. After more than a year of online meetings, it was finally possible to meet in person in the beautiful setting of the city of Ravenna in Italy.

Partners had the opportunity to meet for two days of comparisons, updates and visits to the water-related heritage of the city.

The morning of the first day (November 15) was dedicated to making the point on the Action Plans through a peer review exercise and to outline the lessons learned during the two years of the project. The final extract of what was shared among partners, will be published in a final document produced by Delft University.

The afternoon was instead dedicated to the visit of one of the three water-related sites chosen by the city of Ravenna within the project: the Darsena District (the City Dock).

This area has had in the last century a wide urban development and today represents one of the most important challenges for the future of the city. The urban regeneration of the Darsena of Ravenna was told by the experts of FRAMELAB (Multimedia and Digital Storytelling - Cultural Heritage Department of Bologna University).

The second day was devoted to visits to other important water-related sites: the Classis Museum, where partners had the opportunity to discover the extraordinary story of the city of Ravenna with its main intersections, from its Etruscan-Umbrian roots, to the ancient Roman period, from the Goth-Byzantine phase to the Middle Ages. The museum also represents the minimal experimentation site for the 3D rendering of Ravenna’s pilot action.

Afterwards partners visited the Basilica of Classe and the Rasponi historical water pumping station in Punta Marina. The guided tour owas conducted by the Land Reclamation Consortium, a member of the Ravenna LSG group.

The last part of the tour was dedicated to the visit of two innovative research centers: the CESTHA Research Centre for Habitat Protection and the Environment Energy and Sea Research Centre of the Bologna University.

What's next
We are coming to the end of the first phase of the project, which was dedicated to the development of Action Plans. Partners are finalizing the last aspects of their Action Plans - also thanks to the comments and feedback received during the Ravenna meeting. The 5 Action Plans will be made final at the end of January. After that, Phase 2 will be dedicated to the implementation of what has been written in the Action Plan. Important results have already been reached in the enhancement of water-related heritage ... stay tuned!