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San Vitale - The Emperor Justinian

Private Tour of Ravenna Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01631
  • Type : Private
  • Duration : 5.0 Hours
  • Meeting Place : Your hotel - Train Station


A private transfer from Bologna is possible for guests wishing to visit Ravenna for the day.  For those staying in the city, your guide will meet you at your hotel reception.

Your guide will lead you around the narrow streets of this charming town to the different sites listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.  Ravenna is a small, flat town and easy to navigate on foot.

The earliest of the mosaics are also the best preserved.  It is known as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, who was the daughter of one emperor and sister, wife and mother to three others in the 5th century.  Inside the walls and ceilings are covered with bright mosaics, depicting the triumph of life over death.  

Close by is the Basilica of San Vitale, dating to the mid-sixth century and home to the best preserved Byzantine mosaics outside Constantinople.  Built during the reign of Justinian I, it is the only church to survive from that period and includes mosaics that depict both the emperor and his wife, the empress Theodora.

By the city's cathedral, is the Baptistry of Neon, the oldest architectural structure in the city.  In the center of the ceiling, above the baptismal font, the mosaic shows the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist, in the River Jordan.  On the other side of the cathedral, inside the Bishop's Palace is the Archbishop's Chapel, the only surviving private oratory from the Early Christian period.

There is another surviving baptistry, known as the Arian Baptistery, which was built under Theoderic the Great.  During his reign, Orthodox and Arian Christians both lived in the city, but had separate religious buildings.  Again, the central mosaic shows the baptism of Christ in the River Jordan, but with a greater use of gold than in its earlier counterpart.

The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo was constructed at around the same time, but was later reconstructed and rededicated when the Arian faith was suppressed.  The wall mosaics include representations of the port at Classe and the palace of Theoderic the Great.  Just outside the town, the Mausoleum of Theoderic lacks any decoration, but is recognized for its purely Gothic style of architecture.

The tour can be extended to visit the last of the 8 Early Christian sites, which is outside the town at the former port of Classe.  Here the mosaics are linked to the fight against the Arian faith, emphasizing that Christ was both human and divine.

When booking this tour, it is your responsibility to inform us of any mobility issues.

Pricing does not include transportation.




Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. English-speaking, licenced guide
  2. Optional transportation with English-speaking driver

What's Not Included

  1. Everything not clearly specified under “rates include”.
  2. Gratuities of any type

Sites and Locations Visited on this Tour

No. of Pax Price/Pax Total Price
1 € 580.00 € 580.00
2 € 300.00 € 600.00
3 € 205.00 € 615.00
4 € 160.00 € 640.00
5 € 140.00 € 700.00
6 € 130.00 € 780.00
7 € 120.00 € 840.00
8 € 110.00 € 880.00

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