Guided tour

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Activity provider: Ravenna Incoming
Guided tour

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Activity provider: Ravenna Incoming
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From US$ 28 per person

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Discover the eternal beauty of the mosaics guarded inside Ravenna's most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience incredible monuments on a guided tour with an expert.

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Duration 3 hours
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English, Italian
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  • Sense the majesty of Ravenna and learn all about its world-famous mosaics
  • Travel back to Byzantine times at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
  • Be mesmerized by the elegant decorations of the Basilica of San Vitale
  • Admire the numerous starts on the dome of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
  • Take in the contrast between the outside and inside of the Neonian Baptistery
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Marvel at the world-famous mosaics of Ravenna on a guided tour and learn all about their rich history. Enjoy tickets to 4 outstanding local landmarks and explore them in the company of an expert. Experience the best of the city in just one day with this insightful adventure.

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience four incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Neonian Baptistery. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire.

The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. At the end of the tour the guide will accompany you to the entrance of the Archbishop’s Museum, so that you can visit it independently, each according to their interests and timing. Inside, in addition to many archaeological finds and works of art, is kept the last of the 5 UNESCO monuments included in the ticket, the Chapel of Saint Andrew, which with its depiction of the glorification of Christ is the only example of early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact to this day.

  • Expert local guide
  • Entrance tickets to the all mentioned sites

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    Meeting point

    Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. You must present your voucher at the ticket counter inside of the office before the tour begins.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

    Not allowed

    • Pets

    Know before you go

    • Late arrivals will not be guaranteed a spot on the tour and refunds will not be offered
    • The Archbishop’s Museum may only be visited at the end of the tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 135 reviews

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    Our guide was very knowlegeable (an art expert, actually, and additionally a Ravenna native), and provided the expected tour content with good authority. I rate only "good" rather than "excellent", because we were not advised about "times to visit" for several not-included sites such as Theodoric's Mausoleum or the new discoveries in Via d'Azeglio or the Battistero degli Ariani.

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    March 22, 2023

    Very pleased we chose to take the tour rather than self guide. We had Marta, the guide, to ourselves and she was very engaging and enthusiastic to share her knowledge of the wonderful history and treasures of Ravenna. Thoroughly recommend. Easy booking process and friendly staff.

    March 22, 2023

    The tour was comprehensive and full of useful information. Our guide was very knowledgeable and worked hard to make this a good experience. My only concern was her accent in English was so strong that I had a lot of difficulty understanding the wonderful information that she was sharing. The tour offered an efficient way to get an overall understanding of Rivanna and its various sections.

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    March 22, 2023

    Product ID: 321528