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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: Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Ravenna: Self-Guided Audio Tour

See the best of Ravenna as you take advantage of the navigation functionality and suggested walking routes offered by this self-guided audio tour. There's so much to see, do, and explore. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city as you check out iconic landmarks including Basilica di San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Make sure you tune in to the audio commentary to hear all about the tourist hotspots. Go at your own pace and take a break whenever you fancy. When you’re ready, plan your next walking route, pinpoint your favorite sights, and seek out the best photo opportunities as you continue to explore the city.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

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based on 31 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!