Ravenna city tour
- What to see
- Basilica of San Vitale
Mausleum of Galla Placida
Dante Alighieri’s Tomb
Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo
- Price From 60 € per person (discounts are not applicable)
- When Every day
- Duration 3:00h
- Difficulty Easy
- Meeting point City center of Ravenna, Exact location disclosed with the ticket purchase
- Weather Departs in all weather conditions
- Shared/Private Private
- Included English speaking guide,
- Min pax 6 persons
Meet your guide in the city center and begin your walking tour in the Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo. Here you will admire the largest surface of mosaic works surviving in Ravenna: marvel at the famous procession of female and male saints, richly adorned with pearls and precious stones, moving towards the Virgin and the Child Jesus.
Your walking tour will continue in the heart of the town where you will visit one of the renowned workshops of a famous mosaic artist. Proceeding on foot, reach the Tomb of Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language and author of ‘The Divine Comedy’, who died in exile in Ravenna in 1321.
After a short walk, you will find one of Ravenna’s greatest monuments: the Basilica of San Vitale. This octagonal building is renowned for both its choir and its mosaics which date back to the 6th century. It represents a fine example of Byzantine architectural genius and the beauty and richness of its marbles and mosaics are simply stunning. Referred to as “monuments of un-ageing intellect” by W.B. Yeats, its mosaics afford vivid colors and intricate details.
Nearby in a small chapel is the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, sister of Rome’s last emperor. A real jewel in the crown of Ravenna, the mosaics here date back to antiquity, although it may not appear so because their colors are so rich and vivid. Translucent panels bring the mosaics alive in all their grace and harmony, and under a deep blue sky literally glittering with stars are scenes in moss-green, Roman gold, peacock-blue and burnt orange.
At the end of the tour, your guide will say goodbye in the very center of Ravenna.