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  • Ravenna: Private Guided Tour with Monument Admissions

    1. 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 M...

  • Ravenna: Guided Sightseeing Tour

    2. 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.

    This was an outstanding experience with a very knowledgeable guide who obviously loved all she was sharing with us.

  • Ravenna: Small-Group Tour of the Best Mosaics and Highlights

    3. Ravenna: Small-Group Tour of the Best Mosaics and Highlights

    Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until the empire collapsed in 476. After this era, the city served as the capital for two other empires of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Lombards, a Germanic people. The uniqueness of the three empire rules wonderfully influenced the old town with architecture and art expression, including the Orthodox Baptistry dated to the V century, Arian Baptistry erected at the beginning of the VI century and Basilica of San Vitale, with triumphal arch mosaics dated to the VI century. Notably, the Garden of Eden mosaic in the mausoleum of Galla Placidia forms the beauty of the Roman building, which was recognized in the World Heritage List in 1996 with UNESCO experts describing it as ‘the earliest and best-preserved of all mosaic monuments …the most artistically perfect’. Adding ...

  • Ravenna: Private Full-Day History and Mosaics Tour

    4. 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 Fra...

  • 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-...

  • From Bologna: 3-Hour Private Ravenna Guided Tour

    6. From Bologna: 3-Hour Private Ravenna Guided Tour

    With this 3-hours private guided tour of Ravenna, you will enjoy the most important treasures of the city. You'll explore some of its most important and famous sites and admire the stunning mosaics all around you. Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until the empire collapsed in 476. It then served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths until it was re-conquered in 540 by the Eastern Roman Enna (Byzantine) Empire. Afterwards, the city formed the center of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Lombards in 751, 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 has eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Your visit to the early Christian and Byzantine mosai...

  • Ravenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

    7. Ravenna: Dining Experience at a Local's Home

    Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoy exclusive cooking and taste authentic recipes treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). At the end of the experience, take your souvenir back home: the official apron.

  • Ravenna: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe Private Tour

    8. Ravenna: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe Private Tour

    This 1-hour private tour of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe will allow you to discover one real hidden gem of Ravenna (and of the whole of Italy). Sant'Apollinare in Classe, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has been described as the most impressive basilica of the early Christian period. Despite the plundering it suffered over the centuries, the basilica has preserved the splendor of its original building. It is now admired for its beautiful polychrome apse mosaics and ancient marble sarcophagi of archbishops placed along the aisles. This impressive church rises in all its solemn grandeur at a distance of 8 kilometres from the centre of Ravenna. Commissioned by the archbishop Ursicino, the church was built by Julian Argentarius during the first half of the 6th century on an ancient burial area used in the late 2nd or early 3rd century. Apparently, Saint Apollinaris - one of the ...

  • Transfer between Florence and Venice with Sightseeing Stops

    9. Transfer between Florence and Venice with Sightseeing Stops

    Choose this ideal way to transfer between the popular Italian destinations of Florence and Venice. Travel at a pace that ensures an enjoyable journey through scenic landscapes and discover another corner of Italy on the way. On this 6-hour transfer you’ll travel by deluxe car or van with a professional English-speaking driver/guide. You’ll get helpful insights on the places you decide to visit. You can visit any point of interest along the way, with up to a 3-hour stop. Some of the suggested stops on this transfer are Bologna, Ferrara, Padova, or Ravenna. All of these popular cities are appealing for their history, culture, and culinary offerings. There will be time for lunch at local restaurant before continuing on to your final destination. The transfer can begin at either Florence or Venice and the service is door-to-door.

  • Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

    10. Bologna & Tuscany: 7-Day Lost Flavors Cooking Tour

    Arrive in Bologna and check into your apartment or hotel. Meet the chef and enjoy a quick tour of the city's historic center followed by an aperitive and dinner in a typical trattoria. After breakfast on days 2 and 3, you will meet the chef at CIBO Cooking School at 8:30 AM and then take a historical tour en route to the Bologna market area where you'll decide what to prepare in the kitchen as you shop at the market stands. Learn how to prepare 2 delicious meals for lunch and dinner including handmade pasta. In the afternoons, choose between 3.5 hours of cooking at the school or a walking tour of Bologna City Center with your chef/guide. At 6 PM head back to the school to prepare dinner.  On day 4, embark on a tour of the Fiorentini Vineyards in Castrocaro. After snacking and tasting great Romagna Wines such as Sangiovese, Albana, and Famoso, stop to enjoy a lunch of piadina romagnola a...

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What people are saying about Ravenna

Overall rating

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based on 1 reviews

In general, my Italian weekend brought me an interesting experience. ⠀ It all started with the fact that I decided to look for interesting leisure in Ravenna, where I went for the weekend. I was alone, and I wanted to diversify my leisure time. ⠀ I came across an offer of a master class and dinner at home in an Italian family. ⠀ And you know, I am still impressed because this experience is invaluable in studying foreign culture. You won’t get it by studying books and video reviews of travelers. ⠀ If you want to see how and what the Italian family lives, to find out what the Italian woman thinks and how she feels in her home environment, spend an evening in the Italian manner, having tasted a bunch of Italian homemade food and not notice how 4 hours have flown, then try !

The city is splendid, and being able to visit it accompanied by Elisa, a really competent and passionate guide, was really beautiful. Even the children, who the day before in Ferara followed the group on the sidelines, totally disinterested, today have lost nothing of the engaging explanations. Thanks so much!

It was really nice to be able to walk in the streets of Ravenna taking a dip in the medieval period characterized by the beauty of the works still intact.

A well-trained guide has donated many cultural, historical and architectural elements to the visit

Very knowledgeable guide. Easy walks between the sites.