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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

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: UNESCO Walking Tour and visit to a Mosaic Workshop

3. Ravenna: UNESCO Walking Tour and visit to a Mosaic Workshop

Discover Ravenna's beauty on a guided walking tour with Silva. Visit 4 UNESCO buildings, including the Basilica of San Vitale and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. Stroll the city center and discover the secrets of mosaic-making. As you walk, hear about Ravenna's fascinating history from Ravenna native Silvia and learn about the stunning mosaics you see from a mosaic expert. Go back in time to when Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire. Start your tour at the Basilica of San Vitale, and marvel at the perfectly preserved mosaics inside. Continue to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, located in a unique monumental complex surrounded by a luscious garden. Cross the city from west to east in a leisurely stroll through the pedestrian area. As you walk, learn about the architecture of contemporary buildings. See the covered market in art nouveau style, the Venetian square Piazza del Popolo, and the Dante District. Next, admire the magnificent Neonian Baptistery and its intricate mosaics, a beautiful example of early Christian architecture. Learn more about the long tradition of mosaics at a mosaic workshop. Finish your tour at the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, where you can see archaeological remains from the barbarian domination under Theoderic, King of the Ostrogoths.

Ravenna: Mosaic Landmarks and Food Walking Tour with Tickets

4. 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.

Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

5. Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

Arrive in Bologna and check into your apartment or hotel. Meet the chef and enjoy a quick tour of the city's historic center followed by an aperitive and dinner in a typical trattoria. After breakfast on days 2 and 3, you will meet the chef at CIBO Cooking School at 8:30 AM and then take a historical tour en route to the Bologna market area where you'll decide what to prepare in the kitchen as you shop at the market stands. Learn how to prepare 2 delicious meals for lunch and dinner including handmade pasta. In the afternoons, choose between 3.5 hours of cooking at the school or a walking tour of Bologna City Center with your chef/guide. At 6 PM head back to the school to prepare dinner.  On day 4, embark on a tour of the Fiorentini Vineyards in Castrocaro. After snacking and tasting great Romagna Wines such as Sangiovese, Albana, and Famoso, stop to enjoy a lunch of piadina romagnola and handmade ravioli in a local Trattoria. In the afternoon, continue on to the mountain retreat on Mount Fumaiolo. After check-in, take a short walk in the mountains. In the evening, cook dinner in the mountain house with a menu focused on seasonal ingredients and ancient local recipes. On day 5, visit the Sanctuary of La Verna founded by St. Francis of Assisi. Admire the beautiful works of lead-glazed terracotta by Andrea Della Robbia, before heading home to cook lunch. Walk to the Eremo of Saint Alberico on top of Mount Fumaiolo. Then cook and dine at home with more wonderful local food. The following morning, go to Borgo San Sepolcro in Tuscany, home of the Painter Piero della Francesca. Visit the local Museum and marvel at the frescoes of the Resurrection of Christ and the Polyptych of the Misericordia. After lunch in a local Tuscan Osteria, head to Monterchi to see Piero's Madonna del Parto. In the afternoon, walk to the Sorgenti del Tevere on top of Mount Fumaiolo. Cook and dine at home with more wonderful local food. On day 7, spend the morning exploring Ravenna before returning to Bologna.

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What people are saying about Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

The tour of Ravenna's UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics was fabulous. Our guide was knowledgable of the history, the personalities and the art which provided rich context for understanding the significance of each building and work of art. The 3-hour tour was not too long, and being with a group provided better access to the sites. I recommend a morning tour if you visit in the summer as Ravenna can be quite hot.

Our tour guide was excellent. The sites are breathtaking, and we were given sufficient amount of time to view them. The walking from site to site is easy (when it’s not in the 90’s) and our guide pointed out many landmarks along the way.

Sabina was a wonderful guide! Her English was easy to understand. She explained so much about the mosaics that we really were able to appreciate what we were seeing.

Our guide Marte was fantastic. I tour often with guides and she was ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Most knowledgeable, interesting and articulate‼️ Best experience of entire vacation.

My teenage daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The mosaics are truly magnificent and the guide very knowledgeable. A highlight of our trip to the region!