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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.

Mirabilandia Amusement Park Open Date Entrance Ticket

2. Mirabilandia Amusement Park Open Date Entrance Ticket

Visit Mirabilandia, the largest amusement park in Italy at over 850,000 square meters. Discover its 6 themed areas: Route 66, Far West Valley, Ducati World, Dinoland, Adventureland, and Bimbopoli. There’s sure to be something to excite everyone here. In October, cross the threshold of horror zones during the Horror Festival when darkness falls. The Park, in addition to the excitement of its attractions, offers monstrous fun for all visitors, big and small throughout October. Experience Halloween tunnels and winding paths. Descend to the underworld or have a close encounter with a creature-specter, and laugh at the comical Halloween-themed area of the park just for kids. Next, experience iSpeed, the tallest and fastest rollercoaster with a magnetic launch in Italy; Katun, the longest inverted rollercoaster in Europe; Divertical, the tallest water coaster in the world; and Eurowheel, the second tallest observation wheel on the continent A program of exclusive shows is sure to impress with the professionalism and skill of the artists. Don’t miss the stunt show inspired by ‘Hot Wheels’, which has garnered wide acclaim. From October 1st to November 6th, Mirabilandia transforms for Halloween with themed decorations throughout the Park, horror tunnels for adults and teenagers, and a schedule of fantastic shows, unique emotions, and monstrous fun for all the family.

Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

3. Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

Ravenna is the last shelter of Dante, the father of the italian language, and it is the city that hosts his grave which is the starting point of our tour. Retrace the traces left by the Supreme Poet in Ravenna during the fourteenth century and all the following years, visiting not only his tomb, but also the Basilica of San Francesco that hosted his solemn funerals on September 13th, 1321 and walking aroud the city center to discover Dante Alighieri’s adventures in his last years, the exile, the life in the city, the death and the struggling dispute for his remains, as well as the enhancements of the sepulchre over the centuries.

Ravenna: City Highlights Guided Walking Tour

4. 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: Highlights Private Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

5. 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.

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: Mosaic Landmarks and Food Walking Tour with Tickets

7. 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.

Ravenna: Historic Walking tour with Italian Spritz

8. Ravenna: Historic Walking tour with Italian Spritz

Through this tour, we would like to tell you a story which has Ravenna as stage of important events, a treasure chest of wealth, an ancient and contemporary artistic workshop, a source of inspiration for many authors such as Dante Alighieri, Gustav Klimt and Lord Byron, and some contemporary street artists such as Kobra and Blub.  Starting from Piazza San Francesco, from the Zone of Silence, guardian of Dante's Tomb, and passing through Piazza del Popolo, you will be able to enter into the heart of the historical center of Ravenna to explore what has characterized a great past not to mention its curiosities. Through this walk, we want to show you the spaces and actors that portray Ravenna in a different way, traveling between history and taste: discovering the "Mosaic Capital" and concluding with an aperitif inside the Covered Market based on Italian Spritz.

From Bologna: Private Full-Day Ravenna and Rimini Day Trip

9. From Bologna: Private Full-Day Ravenna and Rimini Day Trip

The most exclusive way to discover some of the jewels in Romagna is by comforably leaving Bologna on a car driven by a private chafeur. Departure is set at your address in Bologna (at a hotel, accommodation facility or wherever you like in the city's urban area) to set off for Ravenna. The city of mosaics and Byzantine art, UNESCO heritage site as well as resting place for the supreme poet Dante is waiting for you. Around 10:30 am, upon your arrival our guide will be waiting for you to take you to discover this incredible city, with a walking tour of about two hours and 30 . The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, San Vitale will be just some of the most important sights you will get to discover during this walk through history. You will also have the opportunity to ask the guide to modify the itinerary in a way closer to your interests. At the end of your visit, you can continue sightseeing freely or regain your strength with a free lunch at one of the city's many restaurants, before meeting your driver again and departing for Rimini. Departure time is set for 3 p.m. to arrive in Fellini's city around 4 p.m. Near the scenic Arch of Augustus, your guide will be waiting for you to set off to discover the Roman Ariminum, and see with your own eyes some important testimonies of different eras here and there in the city: The Arch of Augustus, Tiberius Bridge, Castel Sismondo are just some of the monuments you will have the opportunity to admire. If you are curious about the history of the city linked to the famous director Federico Fellini, the guide will also be able to take you to Borgo San Giuliano, a picturesque area of the city full of mural decorations that inspired the director of "La Dolce Vita." Around 6:45 p.m. it will then be time to depart in your car to return to Bologna, at the address you indicated, with a wealth of memories and curiosities all to be shared.

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The guide managed to make us visit 5 important sites in three hours, providing us with adequate explanations with attention to its historical and artistic details. I've made other visits documenting myself but from now on I think I'll always rely on a guided tour because it's something else entirely.

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.

It was a very pleasant experience. An excellent organization in the times and themes chosen. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging.

This was an enjoyable way to see Ravenna and the Mosaics. Marina was an excellent guide and the 3 hours passed quickly.

Excellent guide with great knowledge and enthusiasm