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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.

Mirabilandia Amusement Park Open Date Entrance Ticket

2. Mirabilandia Amusement Park Open Date Entrance Ticket

Close to the coast of Emilia Romagna and from Ravenna, Mirabilandia is 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. 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 are 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.

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.

Mirabeach Water Park: Open Date Entrance Ticket

4. Mirabeach Water Park: Open Date Entrance Ticket

Make a splash in the pools, or eat and drink in the restaurants and bars. Experience a self-contained tropical island paradise in the heart of Italy. Hang out on the sandy beaches, or make a splash in the swimming pools or lagoons. Feel the thrill of the waterslides or sunbathe on the lawns. Enjoy a meal in one of the restaurants or a drink in one of the bars. Engage in some retail therapy at the on-site shops. Escape from the heat of the city and indulge in some tropical-style relaxation. Recharge your batteries under the palm trees as you enjoy a taste of island life.

Ravenna: Walking Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

5. 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: Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. 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: Mirabilandia and Mirabeach Entrance Ticket

7. Ravenna: Mirabilandia and Mirabeach Entrance Ticket

Share a fun-filled day out at Mirabilandia and Mirabeach with your family. Take the hassle out of buying a ticket on arrival by purchasing one in advance. Enjoy entry on any date this year in case your plans change. Explore the amusement park's 6 thematic areas and relax at the water park's beach. Discover over 40 attractions at Mirabilandia, Italy's largest amusement park. Visit the new Ducati World, where kids are put in the driver's seat. Travel back in time in Dinoland, immerse yourself in the American frontier at Far West Valley, and let your kids' imagination run wild in Bimbopoli. Surrender to your emotions on the park's record attractions, such as iSpeed, the highest and fastest magnetic launch coaster in Italy; Katun, the longest inverted coaster in Europe; Divertical, the highest water coaster in the world and Eurowheel, the second-highest Ferris wheel on the continent. Discover exclusive events, including the most praised stunt show in Europe, inspired by Hot Wheels mini cars. Then, fulfill your tropical dreams at Mirabeach on a white sand beach, dotted with palm trees and umbrellas. Swim in crystal-clear lagoons, zoom down water slides, and jump waves.

Ravenna: Guided Sightseeing Tour

8. Ravenna: Guided Sightseeing Tour

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: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Ravenna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 54 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!