Take a step off the tourist track and behold some of the rarest and most beautiful creations left from the Byzantine era. In this 4 hour tour, you will discover the churches, mausoleums, and palaces that were once the westernmost pillar of the empire.
What to Expect
Uncover the remarkable legacy left by one of the greatest empires in history, the Byzantine Empire. Hidden away off the normal tourist route, Ravenna is home to some of the most exquisite pieces of Byzantine art, places of worship and private residencies left by this mighty era. This tour will help you to delve deeper into its core, and visit places that might otherwise be overlooked.
During the course of 4 hours, you will be personally guided through 6 spectacular monuments including the Basilicas (Churches) of San Vitale and San Apollinare, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Neonian Baptistry and the tomb of the divine poet Dante Alighieri. In addition to this you will get the chance to rediscover one of the most important archeological findings in recent decades, the Domus dei tappeti di pietra (Ancient Home of the Stone Carpets). Sitting at 3 meters below street level, this underground palace of mosaics captures and perfectly preserves the splendor of the Byzantine period.
Many of the places you will visit have been recognized as UNESCO world heritage sites, and you will soon understand why. With over 1,500 years of history and artistic genius awaiting you, this is an opportunity not to be missed!
- 4 hour guided tour of Ravenna
What's Not Included
- Museum entrance fees, a combination ticket for most monuments can be purchased for roughly 15€/person
- Transport costs
Your tour guide will meet you in the Piazza del Popolo, the main square in Ravenna. Other meeting points can be arranged on request.
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Know Before You Go
• Between November and February the sites will close at 5pm
• For passengers who will be arriving into Ravenna by cruise ship, it is advisable that you check with your on-board staff to see if the shuttle bus service between the port and Ravenna center is running. The journey by foot is around 30 minutes and a private taxi will cost around 25€.