Things to do in Ravenna

Our most recommended things to do in Ravenna

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: Private Guided Tour with Monument Admissions

3. 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: Walking Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

4. Ravenna: Walking Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

Discover Ravenna, one of Italy's most spectacular cities, with this fantastic walking tour. After meeting your guide, start from the church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, dating from the 6th century. Then find out all about the infamous poet Dante in the area named the "zone of silence", dedicated to the cult and memory of Dante Alighieri. Beside the poet's tomb you will find the Dante museum and the Franciscan cloisters with the statues of San Francesco and Santa Chiara. Continuing your tour, head towards the Neonian baptistery with its perfectly preserved architectural structure and interior decoration, consisting of stuccos and the magnificent mosaic of the baptism of Christ. Make your way to the Palazzo Rasponi to reach the Piazza del Popolo, the main square of the city. The tour concludes with the wonderful Basilica of San Vitale dating from the 6th century, and testimony to the Roman-Byzantine empire. With an octagonal central plan, the church still preserves the splendid scenes of the Old Testament and the famous panels of the imperial couple Justinian and Theodora of the Eastern Roman Empire. Next to the basilica, visit the Mausoleum of the Roman Empress Galla Placidiay, rich in unique mosaic decorations.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

5. Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

A 2 and a half hour walk through Ravenna entering the Unesco sites with an expert and certified guide. Ravenna is the most famous city for mosaic art, you can explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the splendid mosaics placed everywhere around you. The visit to the early Christian era mosaics and Byzantine mosaics includes: the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistery, the Archbishop's Museum and the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Ravenna: Private Full-Day History and Mosaics Tour

6. 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.

Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

7. 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.

Guided Tour in Ravenna, Roman and Bizantine Mosaics

8. 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: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

9. Ravenna: Market Tour and 4-Course Meal

If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, this is a fantastic way to learn the locals' wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. You can visit the local market with your "Cesarina", enjoying the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of their family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Ravenna: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe Private Tour

10. Ravenna: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe Private Tour

This 1-hour private tour of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe will allow you to discover one real hidden gem of Ravenna (and of the whole of Italy). Sant'Apollinare in Classe, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been described as the most impressive basilica of the early Christian period. Despite the plundering it suffered over the centuries, the basilica has preserved the splendor of its original building. It is now admired for its beautiful polychrome apse mosaics and ancient marble sarcophagi of archbishops placed along the aisles. This impressive church rises in all its solemn grandeur at a distance of 8 kilometres from the centre of Ravenna. Commissioned by the archbishop Ursicino, the church was built by Julian Argentarius during the first half of the 6th century on an ancient burial area used in the late 2nd or early 3rd century. Apparently, Saint Apollinaris - one of the first bishops of Ravenna - was buried here.

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What people are saying about Ravenna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 179 reviews

We saw the most important churches of Ravenna and were introduced to the art and culture by our guide Marta in a comprehensive and entertaining way. Marta's vast knowledge of art history opened our eyes to the beauty of the mosaics. Marta's knowledge of politics and history was also comprehensive.

Tour was great - saw everything we wanted to see (had done a couple on our own before). Guide shared a lot of information about the mosaics. Nice that we didn’t have to wait in line to get in. Note - a lot of walking so be prepared.

A great guided tour of Ravenna s churches and mosaics. Our very knowledgable and professional guide gave us an excellent insight into Ravenna s eventful history. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour- can highly recommend

Excellent! Knowledgeable tour guide, answered all questions, extensive explanations, enough time to take pictures.

If you only have a short time to visit Ravenna this is the tour you want.