Ravenna in half a day

You can visit Ravenna even in half a day: this will be enough to know its culture and history and to realize how this town is rich in architecture and art by the knowledge of the different religions that during the past strongly influenced all the mosaics decorations and its buildings.
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Ravenna, Italy
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




You can visit Ravenna even in half a day: this will be enough to know its culture and history and to realize how this town is rich in architecture and art by the knowledge of the different religions that during the past strongly influenced all the mosaics decorations and its buildings.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Via di Roma 52, 48121, Ravenna Italy

Our tour will start from the Church of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo and after walking in Piazza Del Popolo the main square and Dante’s tomb area will end at the Basilica of San Vitale. (first half VI cent.). All the monuments involved in our tour are in the city centre – walking area where we can also also drink a good coffee!

Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (end V cent.) is in Via di Roma near the railway station.

This area is very quiet. The external of the church is very simple but inside you can find beautiful mosaics decorations of Justinianean age (Catholic) and the age of Theodoric (Arian faith) .

In fact this church has been defined the “church for two religions”: we will discover together why.

The king Theodoric in fact (454-526) of arian religion commissioned the building of this church at the end of V cent. Mosaics decorations got inspiration from the influence of the greek-roman taste and from Justinian mosaic taste . Consequently it is the most characteristic building concerning the ravennate byzantine art.

Mosaics decorations on the walls allow us to follow the evolution from the age of king Theodoric to Justinian one, an important melting port of different cultures and languages.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dante’s tomb and Quadrarco of Braccioforte, Via Dante Alighieri 9, 48121, Ravenna Italy

From Via di Roma we will go to the city centre to reach the “silent area” : here the famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri lived. This area is dedicated to its memory and cult . His tomb is a simple neo-classical building near St.Francis cloisters and church in which in 1321 Dante’s funerals took place.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Battistero Neoniano (Battistero degli Ortodossi), Via Gioacchino Rasponi, 48121, Ravenna Italy

Next monument of our tour will be the Battistero Neoniano (beg.V cent.) from bishop Neon who got the baptistery decorated with the mosaics of the dome. It is situated near the actual cathedral and it is richly decorated with stuccos, inlays of polychrome marbles and mosaics: different techniques integrated themselves perfectly to give life to an extraordinary united and harmonic complex.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Basilica San Vitale, Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna Italy

After the visit to the Baptistery we will reach the basilica of San Vitale (VI cent.) the byzantine monument “par excellence” . The church has a central octagonal plan and its wonderful panels that represent the emperor Justinian with its suite and the empress Theodora, his wife, are famous all over the world.

Both the scenes as well as their artistic value have a documentary one really extraordinary. From them in fact we can deduce the splendour of the byzantine court.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna Italy

Going out of the basilica we go towards the mausoleum of the roman empress Galla Placidia. It was built within the first half of the Vth cent. probably by Galla Placidia.

It is a little construction but on entering you will be impressed by the magnificence of the decorations and of the mosaic scenes, especially by the unreal atmosphere in which you find yourselves.The lunette of the Good Shepherd among his flock is one of the most beautiful mosaics of Early Christian Art.

Duration: 10 minutes