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Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Marvel at the world-famous mosaics of Ravenna on a guided tour and learn all about their rich history. Enjoy tickets to 4 outstanding local landmarks and explore them in the company of an expert. Experience the best of the city in just one day with this insightful adventure. Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience four incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Neonian Baptistery. You will have the opportunity to visit: 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 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 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. 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. At the end of the tour the guide will accompany you to the entrance of the Archbishop’s Museum, so that you can visit it independently, each according to their interests and timing. Inside, in addition to many archaeological finds and works of art, is kept the last of the 5 UNESCO monuments included in the ticket, the Chapel of Saint Andrew, which with its depiction of the glorification of Christ is the only example of early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact to this day.

Ravenna: UNESCO Mosaics Entry Tickets

Ravenna: UNESCO Mosaics Entry Tickets

See more of Ravenna with a combo ticket for San Vitale and Sant Apollinare Nuovo, with an included visit to St. Andrew's Chapel inside the Archiepiscopal Museum. Check out the San Vitale, an octagonal 6th-century wonder that combines classic Roman and Byzantine architectural elements. Along its walls, stories from the Old Testament are depicted using thousands of tiny tiles to create intricate mosaics. Adjacent mosaics pay loyal tribute to Roman royalty – Emporer Justinian I and Empress Theodora. You can also visit the mausoleum of Galla Placidia, dating from the first half of the 5th century which is not far from the Basilica of San Vitale. Visit the Sant Apollinare Nuovo, and in credible architectural feat erected by Ostrogoth king Theodoric the Great in the 6th century. The discreet Sant Apollinare Nuovo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with hidden treasures. Venture inside and discover floor-to-ceiling mosaics from the Byzantine era, once painted black by Pope Gregory the Great to keep parishioners focused on prayer, and reconstructed after damage from WWI. Find the oldest mosaic cycle related to the life of Christ. Witness the famous St. Andrew's Chapel. Discover evidence of the religious divide during the early Byzantine era that can be seen clearly at St. Andrew's Chapel, where more mosaics tell the story of important people and places of Ravenna. Learn why this site is dubbed the "hidden pearl" of the Archbishop Museum. As the private chapel for the bishops of Ravenna, it contains epigraphs, the Cathedral treasure, and an ivory throne of bishop Maximian. Witness the Neonian Baptistery, named after Bishop Neon, who continued its construction after his predecessor, Ursus. Inside, it stands out for the decoration of the entire mosaic dome dating back to the time of Bishop Neone.

Mirabilandia Amusement Park: 1-Day Entry Ticket

Mirabilandia Amusement Park: 1-Day Entry Ticket

Experience Mirabilandia Amusement Park near Ravenna. Unleash your emotions and fulfill your desires for fun, adventure, and relaxation. Embark on a thrilling journey through Italy's largest amusement park, spanning 850,000 square meters and offering over 40 attractions that captivate guests of all ages. Enter Ducati World, the first-ever amusement park dedicated to motorcycles. Discover Dinoland's thrilling attractions guarded by amazing creatures. Immerse in Far West Valley's frontier while children explore the enchanting Bimbopoli, the ultimate Children's Town. Test your limits and surrender to the rush of adrenaline on record-breaking attractions. Feel the speed and power on iSpeed, Italy's highest and fastest magnetic launch coaster. Experience the thrill of Katun, Europe's longest inverted coaster, and brace yourself for the vertical excitement of Divertical, the world's highest water coaster.  Reach for the skies on Eurowheel, the second-highest Ferris wheel on the continent. And for the brave souls, face the challenge of entering the spine-chilling Horror House "The Walking Dead." Prepare to be swept away by Mirabilandia Amusement Park's enchantment, where emotions run wild, and every moment is an unforgettable adventure.

Ravenna's UNESCO Sites With Local Guide, Tickets Included

Ravenna's UNESCO Sites With Local Guide, Tickets Included

Our first stop is Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, a basilica that leaves visitors in awe with its vibrant mosaics and striking architecture. Originally built as a Palatine Chapel, it later became a place of worship. The mosaic panels lining the nave depict biblical scenes, showcasing stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship and vivid colors that bring these narratives to life. One of the most iconic mosaics here is the Procession of the Magi, a stunning portrayal of the three wise men on their journey to meet the baby Jesus. Next, we make our way to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, a small yet breathtaking monument that showcases the beauty of Ravenna's early Christian art. Step inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site and be mesmerized by the shimmering mosaics that adorn the walls and ceiling. The deep blue hues and intricate designs create an ethereal atmosphere, transporting you back to the 5th century. As you explore the mausoleum, don't miss the remarkable mosaic depicting the Good Shepherd—a powerful symbol of the Christian faith. Our final destination is the Basilica of San Vitale, considered a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. As you step inside, you'll be captivated by the intricate mosaic designs covering the walls and vaulted ceilings. The apse mosaic, featuring Emperor Justinian and his court, is a sight to behold. It is matched in grandeur by the mosaic depicting Empress Theodora, which is equally breathtaking. The basilica's design, with its octagonal shape and towering dome, showcases the architectural prowess of the time. As we conclude our tour of Galla Placidia, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, and San Vitale, you will leave with a deeper appreciation for the artistry and cultural significance of these remarkable sites. Ravenna's mosaics are truly a feast for the eyes and stand as a testament to the city's rich history and enduring beauty.

Ravenna: Private Tour with Stunning Byzantine Mosaics

Ravenna: Private 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.

From Bologna: Ravenna Unesco Monuments Guided Tour

From Bologna: Ravenna Unesco Monuments Guided Tour

The site is of outstanding universal value being of remarkable significance by virtue of the supreme artistry of the mosaic art that the monuments contain, and also because of the crucial evidence that they provide of artistic and religious relationships and contacts at an important period of European cultural history. In this way the Unesco World Heritage motivated why eight monuments of Ravenna had been added to the World Heritage List. The eternal beauty of the mosaics guarded inside some of the most famous Ravenna Unesco monuments, Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica of San Vitale, Battistero Neoniano and Chapel of Sant'Andrea. The visit that starts from Piazza San Francesco, into the city centre, and leads you to several Unesco monuments.

Ravenna: Private Guided Walking Tour

Ravenna: Private Guided Walking Tour

A private Early-Christian and byzantine mosaics' raw beauty tour: Ravenna has eight Unesco monuments. During this two-hour tour we'll see the perfectly preserved mosaics from the 5th and 6th centuries when Ravenna became the capital of Holy Roman Western Empire. Later it became ruled by the barbarian king Teodorico and then it finally became the seat of the Byzantine prefecture in Italy. We will discover remarkable sarcophagi, learn the myth and reality of Ravenna's origins and Placidia: a prototype of faith and patronage of the arts. We'll find out the history and the munificence, intelligence and significance of Galla Placidia through a visit to the magnificent Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. We will also see the Basilica of San Vitale and the surprising and also surreal underwater mosaics of San Francesco church. In the afternoon l can organise a mosaic workshop for you if you want a longer customisable tour. Itinerary: (all the monuments are close together) -Sant'Appolinare Nuovo San Francesco church and Dante's tomb San Vitale Galla Placidia mausoleum (The private tour is customisable)

Ravenna: Mirabeach Water Park 1-Day Entry Ticket

Ravenna: Mirabeach Water Park 1-Day Entry Ticket

Dive into a world of exhilaration at Mirabeach Water Park, where you can splash in the pools or indulge in the culinary delights of the restaurants and bars. Experience a self-contained tropical island paradise in the heart of Italy. Hang out on the sandy beaches, feeling the warm sun on your skin, and immerse yourself in the refreshing swimming pools and lagoons. Feel the thrill of the waterslides as you plunge down with exhilaration, or find tranquility as you sunbathe on the well-manicured lawns. Enjoy a mouthwatering meal in one of the restaurants, tantalizing your taste buds with delectable flavors, or sip on a refreshing drink in one of the vibrant bars (food and drinks not included in ticket price). Engage in some retail therapy, exploring the on-site shops for unique treasures and stylish finds. Escape from the heat of the city and surrender to tropical-style relaxation at Mirabeach Water Park. Recharge your batteries under the swaying palm trees and immerse yourself in the laid-back island life, savoring every moment of tranquility and blissful escape.

Mirabilandia Amusement Park: 2-Day Entry Ticket

Mirabilandia Amusement Park: 2-Day Entry Ticket

Experience Mirabilandia Amusement Park near Ravenna. Unleash your emotions and fulfill your desires for fun, adventure, and relaxation. Embark on a thrilling journey through Italy's largest amusement park, spanning 850,000 square meters and offering over 40 attractions that captivate guests of all ages. Enter Ducati World, the first-ever amusement park dedicated to motorcycles. Discover Dinoland's thrilling attractions guarded by amazing creatures. Immerse in Far West Valley's frontier while children explore the enchanting Bimbopoli, the ultimate Children's Town. Test your limits and surrender to the rush of adrenaline on record-breaking attractions. Feel the speed and power on iSpeed, Italy's highest and fastest magnetic launch coaster. Experience the thrill of Katun, Europe's longest inverted coaster, and brace yourself for the vertical excitement of Divertical, the world's highest water coaster.  Reach for the skies on Eurowheel, the second-highest Ferris wheel on the continent. And for the brave souls, face the challenge of entering the spine-chilling Horror House "The Walking Dead." Prepare to be swept away by Mirabilandia Amusement Park's enchantment, where emotions run wild, and every moment is an unforgettable adventure.

Ravenna: Mirabilandia & Mirabeach 2-Day Entry Ticket

Ravenna: Mirabilandia & Mirabeach 2-Day Entry 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.

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4.8
(278 reviews)

The tour was fantastic. Sabrina was so knowledgeable and shared so much information with the group. She explained thoroughly exactly what we were seeing and in a very simple way that everyone could understand. The tour was awesome and far exceeded our expectations. Would thoroughly recommend it to anyone

The Ravenna mosaics are breathtaking and this tour is well worth it. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us a lot of the history about the mosaics. I would recommend this tour.

I took the tour with my husband. We had a great time, we were never bored for a moment. Mrs. Zecchini who guided us is a very knowledgeable and kind person. Congratulations to everyone!

Chienski was our tour guide and was fantastic. So knowledgeable about the history of Ravenna and the mosaic images. Highly recommend this tour!!

It was a lot of walking but very informative and interesting. I thought it a bit of a waste of time to stop in a friends shop.