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Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

1. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: 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 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 Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. 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. 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.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

2. Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

Discover Ravenna and visit the most significant monuments of the city on a walking tour. Join your private guide on a gentle stroll through ancient streets and learn about their rich history. Admire the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, with tickets included. Meet your guide to explore what was the capital of the Western Roman Empire between the 5th and 8th centuries. Travel through local history, from the days of the Roman Empire to the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths, and finally, to the Byzantine Exarchate. Come across the traces of this intricate past, gathered in the splendid early Christian buildings and UNESCO monuments. Access the world-famous mosaics and marvel at their incredible designs. Gaze at the majestic Basilica of San Apollinare.

Ravenna: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

3. Ravenna: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Discover Ravenna on a guided city walking tour and head off the beaten track to find hidden gems. Learn the history behind each turn from your guide, from its historical center and its evocative installations and street art. Meet your guide in the beautiful Piazza San Francesco and begin your guided walking tour through the main squares like Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Garibaldi & Pizza dell'Aquila. Lose yourself in the winding streets of the historical center, admiring the various churches and basilicas; like San Francesco and San Giovanni Evangelista. See houses and small buildings adorned with portals, double lancet windows, balconies, and porticoes, and learn about the city renovations made during the Venetian occupation in the second half of the 15th century. Then, take a detour and marvel at the city's thriving art scene as you view evocative art installations and innovative street art, from artist like Kobra and Blub. Hear about the poets and revolutionaries that have been welcomed in Ravenna over the centuries, especially Dante Alighieri and Byron.

Ravenna: Private Guided Tour with Monument Admissions

4. Ravenna: Private Guided Tour with Monument Admissions

On this 3-hour private guided tour of Ravenna, your guide will show you the most important treasures of the city. You'll explore some of its most important sites and admire the stunning mosaics all around you. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire during the 5th century AD. It then served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths until it was re-conquered in 540 AD by the Byzantine Empire. Subsequently the city formed the center of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion by the Lombards in 751 AD, after which it became the seat of the Kingdom of the Lombards. Although an inland city, Ravenna is connected to the Adriatic Sea by the Candiano Canal. It is known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture, and features 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Admire the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano, the Arcivescovile Museum and the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo. The monuments are all within easy walking distance. Walk along the streets of the old town and stop to admire the picturesque Piazza del Popolo and the Dante area, or Area of Silence. In fact, the exiled Florentine Dante died in Ravenna on 13 September 1321.

Ravenna: Private Full-Day History and Mosaics Tour

5. Ravenna: Private Full-Day History and Mosaics Tour

Discover the Roman and Byzantine treasures of Ravenna with a private guide, including some of its 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. See stunning mosaics at the Basilica of San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, said to be the best-preserved of all mosaic monuments. Benefit from the expert knowledge of your guide, and the chance to break for lunch at your own expense. Visit the octagonal Baptistery of Neon, where a ceiling mosaic depicts John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Look at early Christian relics in the Archiepiscopal Museum, and marvel at the 6th-century palace chapel of King Theodoric the Great at the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare Nuovo. Stroll the historic streets of the old town to arrive at the pretty Piazza del Popolo, and follow in the footsteps of Dante to discover areas where the poet lived after his exile from Florence. Get a beautiful view of the Basilica of San Francesco, where his funeral was held in 1321.

Guided Tour in Ravenna, Roman and Bizantine Mosaics

6. Guided Tour in Ravenna, Roman and Bizantine Mosaics

Explore the former capital of the Western Roman Empire and discover early Christian and Byzantine mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries on a guided walking tour of Ravenna. Stroll the fascinating streets of the old city center, and stop to watch a practical demonstration of mosaic-making techniques along the way. Visit the Church of S. Vitale, commissioned by the Emperor Justinian of Byzantium with masterful mosaics depicting his wife Theodora. See the powerful Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, created to honor the resilient and colorful Empress of the Western Roman Empire. Admire the mosaics of the Neoniano Baptistery near to the ancient cathedral, and discover the tomb of the exiled poet Dante. Visit the private chapel of the Ostrogoth King Theoderic at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and more.

Ravenna: Highlights Private Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

7. Ravenna: Highlights Private Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

Although it is a town like many others in Italy, Ravenna boasts a very important artistic heritage, cultural richness, and historical roots. A visit could not possibly exclude the discovery of its most important treasures. Literally, Ravenna is a place that must be seen a piece by piece. And it could not be otherwise, given the number of mosaics (famously made of pieces) that this locality preserves. With this activity, accompanied by a 100% local guide you will go around the city streets discovering all its important historical vicissitudes that mix distant eras, Empires, Barbarian poets, and great stories of conquests and conspiracies. You won't have to think about anything as admission to major monuments such as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of St. Apollinare Nuovo, and others will already be booked for you. But 3 hours is by no means enough to discover all the beauty of the city and since the tour gives you access to many other monuments in the city therefore you can continue to explore the city even after the guided tour is over.

Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

8. Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

Journey from late antiquity Ravenna to the Middle Ages through the eyes of Dante Alighieri with this audio guide. Take in Gothic, Byzantine, and Venetian architecture, some of the most beautiful and well-known mosaics in the world, and the final resting place of Dante Alighieri, the writer of the Divine Comedy. Follow in Dante's footsteps to visit some of the city's many UNESCO Sites, including the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Sant’Apollinare Nuova, and the Basilica of San Vitale. Along the way, hear about Giuliano Argentario, the James Bond of antiquity, get acquainted with Camillo Benso, one of the founding fathers of Italy, and find out what it takes to get a statue of yourself placed in the people's square. Feel free to start, pause, or restart at any time and complete your visit at your own pace. If your travel plans change, you can use the audio guide at any date of your choice or use the virtual in-app option for an at-home experience.

Ravenna: Mosaic Landmarks and Food Walking Tour with Tickets

9. Ravenna: Mosaic Landmarks and Food Walking Tour with Tickets

Admire the unique mosaic-covered buildings that make the town of Ravenna such a special destination. Take a guided stroll through the quaint streets and enjoy access to Basilica di San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollina, as well as a delicious seafood meal and treats. Meet your guide in the main square, Piazza del Popolo, between the two Venetian columns. Grab a sweet traditional pastry to kickstart the tour. Visit Basilica di San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia for a detailed look at the age-old stars, flowers, and symbols that make up the mosaics. Learn about the historic meaning of these creations before taking a break for lunch. Since Ravenna is a seaside city, you'll start out with fried anchovies and veggies. Then, stop at Mercato Coperto for some cappelletti al ragù, cured meat, squacquerone cheese, and bread, with a glass of wine. For your final stop, admire the splendid Ostrogoth and Byzantine mosaics inside the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and have a glimpse of more contemporary work at a modern mosaics workshop.

From Cesenatico: E-bike Day Trip to Ravenna

10. From Cesenatico: E-bike Day Trip to Ravenna

Explore Cesenatico by e-bike on this day trip to Ravenna. Admire the  Byzantine mosaics at Sant'Apollinare Basilica. Find out about local salt production with a stop at the Salt Museum. Meet your guide and get set up with an e-bike and a sanitized helmet. Pass through the charming center of Cesenatico. Marvel at a stunning canal that was designed by Leonardo da Vinci himself. Make your way out of the city and ride through a flat landscape that winds thorugh pine forests and salt pans. Keep an eye out for colorful birds like pink flamingos as you ride. Stop by the Salt Museum to learn about the production process of local salt. After a break, head towards the town of Classe and stop at the Sant'Apollinare Basilica that was built in 534 AD. Admire the Basilica's early Christian mosaics and its Byzantine architecture. Finish your tour in the Center of Ravenna.

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4.9 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Our guide (Marta) was an art history major who grew up in the area. She spoke perfect English and was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. There were only 3 people on the tour, so it felt very personalized. See everything worth seeing in Ravenna in 3 hours. Incredibly time efficient and and great value. Highly recommended!

Una visita guidata Top ! La nostra guida era preparatissima , molto cordiale e appassionata del suo lavoro . Ci ha fatto conoscere le bellezze di Ravenna nelle tre ore previste che sono volate ! Ottima organizzazione e grazie di cuore

The tour was awesome. Marta, the tour guide, was great and very knowledgeable. We were in Ravenna for just one day and the tour was perfect - we not only had a history lesson of the city but also the Roman empire.

We had an excellent guide Stefania, who was knowledgeable & friendly. She even recommended & showed us the way to an amazing local Enoteca Ca da Ven after the tour.

it was a brilliant tour. our guide Virginia was very knowledgeable and fun person. I think if you are in Ravenna you definitely should do this tour.