Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna

Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna: Our most recommended tours and activities

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: Dante Alighieri's Ravenna Audio Guide

3. 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

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.

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.

Ravenna: UNESCO Walking Tour and visit to a Mosaic Workshop

6. 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.

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

7. 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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What people are saying about Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 54 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.