Guided tour

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Activity provider: Ravenna Incoming

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Activity provider: Ravenna Incoming

From US$ 28.21 per person

Discover the eternal beauty of the mosaics guarded inside Ravenna's most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Experience five incredible monuments on a guided tour with an expert.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit 5 incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Enjoy the knowledge and expertise of your guide
  • Discover the heart and history of the city
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Expert local guide
  • Entrance tickets to the all mentioned sites

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    Arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. You must present your voucher at the ticket counter inside of the office before the tour begins.

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    • Passport or ID card, copy accepted

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    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 137 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.8/5
    • Service
      5/5

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    The guide managed to make us visit 5 important sites in three hours, providing us with adequate explanations with attention to its historical and artistic details. I've made other visits documenting myself but from now on I think I'll always rely on a guided tour because it's something else entirely.

    January 9, 2023

    One of the best activities ever experienced. I had already seen the mosaics of Ravenna on my own several times, but the tour with Valentina was superb. In three hours we were able to see a lot, without queues and with audio guides and very clear explanations. Three hours are not enough, but they are perfect for having a vision of one of the best shows we have in Italy.

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    December 17, 2022

    Our guide (Marta) was an art history major who grew up in the area. She spoke perfect English and was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. There were only 3 people on the tour, so it felt very personalized. See everything worth seeing in Ravenna in 3 hours. Incredibly time efficient and and great value. Highly recommended!

    December 4, 2022

    Product ID: 321528