Towers Tour

Ravenna classic tour

Half Day tour

  • Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo
  • Basilica of San Francesco
  • Tomb of Dante Alighieri
  • Neonian Baptistery
  • Piazza del Popolo
  • Basilica of San Vitale
  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

Full Day tour:

(choose from one or more of the following sites)

  • Mausoleum of Theodoric
  • St. Andrew’s Chapel- Archiepiscopal Museum
  • Arian Baptistery
  • Church of San Giovanni Evangelista
  • Sant’Apollinare in Classe (outside the old town center)
  • Classis Museum (outside the old town center)

Ravenna is the city of mosaics! Ravenna is the city of mosaics! In Ravenna you can find the richest heritage of early Christian and Byzantine mosaics. 8 UNESCO World Heritage monuments can be visited in Ravenna.

Strolling through the streets of the old town center you can admire the major diocesan monuments, four of which are now World Heritage Sites.

The tour begins at the Basilica of St. Apollinare Nuovo, erected in 490 as a palatine chapel of Arian worship by the King Theodoric of the Ostrogoths and then later converted to the Catholic rite. Inside, splendid mosaics illustrate the stories of Christ and depict the most significant places of the Ravenna of that time, such as the ancient harbour of Classe and Theodoric’s Palace . The extraordinary processions of Saints and Virgins, with their hieratic figures, are Byzantine additions that testify the several transformations of this church.

The tour continue to the Basilica of San Francescowhere you can admire the underwater crypt. It was built in the 10th century to house the remains of Bishop Neon, who ruled the Diocese of Ravenna during the 5th century. This is one of the most amazing place in Ravenna.

Ravenna is also the city of Dante! It was here that the Poet spent his last years and where his remains are buried after having troubled adventures. Right next to the Basilica of San Francesco stands the 18th-century Tomb of Dante Alighieri.

The tour now move to the Neonian Baptistery rediscovering the history of Ravenna in Roman times. The baptistery, built in the 5th century, is the oldest one in the city. Internally it is decorated with splendid mosaics depicting the baptism of Christ and the procession of the Apostles. Leaving the baptistery and walking down a few elegant streets, you arrive in the heart of Ravenna, Piazza del Popolo, where the city hall is located and where the traces left by Venetian rule are still clearly visible in the architecture of the buildings.

The visit continues towards one of the most beautiful places in the city: the splendid Basilica of San Vitalewhere you can see famous mosaics from the Byzantine era. Inside are the portraits of the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora.

The tour ends at Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, where the poetry of mosaics reaches its maximum level. The Roman empress, a strong and legendary woman, wanted to build this mausoleum for herself and her family, decorating it with stories linked to Christian iconography and symbols that recall the East and nature. The stunning blue vault lit by 570 golden stars will leave you breathless. This is a a place that enchants and seduces.

For Full Day tour you can choose from other sites in or outside the old town center:

The visit can continue with the Chapel of St. Andrew inside the Archbishop’s Museum, another UNESCO, or the Arian Baptistery built under the Ostrogothic reign of the King Theodoric. The baptism of Jesus Christ and the procession of the Apostles decorate the dome of the baptistery with its splendid golden background. Moving out from the center of Ravenna you can reach the majestic Mausoleum of Theodoric It fascinates with its mass of white stone and its mysteries even today.

An alternative is the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare in Classe, 4 km outside Ravenna. Here the apse basin, decorated with mosaics, shows a celestial garden surmounted by a marvelous jeweled cross. This church is the only surviving evidence of the ancient harbour community of Classe. The church miraculously survived the bombings of World War II thanks to the heroic deeds of some soldiers. This visit can be completed with the Classis Museum not far from the basilica.



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