Tessere di Mosaico - 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, in a visit that starts from Piazza San Francesco, into the city centre, and leads you several UNESCO monuments.


_ Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo
_ Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

_ Basilica of San Vitale
_ Battistero Neoniano

_ Chapel of Sant'Andrea

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   Friday 20th of May
   at 3.50 pm English tour
   at 4.00 pm Italian tour

   Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd of May
   at 10.10 am English tour
   at 10.15 am Italian tour
   at 2.10 pm English tour
   at 2.15 pm Italian tour

Meeting point:

   Piazza San Francesco 7, Ravenna
   please arrive 10 minutes before the starting time

Indications: the office, located in the historical centre, is near the Dante’s Tomb, about 5 minutes walk from the train station


    3 hours


    English & Italian

 Included in the price:

  - expert local guide

  - inclusive Ticket of the Diocesi of Ravenna, to enter the monuments included into this tour

  - whisper radio guide with headphone jack

 Useful info:

  - due to the Covid-19 limited entrances, the order of the visit to the monuments may vary

  - the tour will be confirmed only with a minimum number of participants
  - the tour will be confirmed upon availability of the monuments' tickets

  - the tour needs to be booked online, or at one of our tourist offices by paying on site


During this tour, accompanied by an expert guide, you will have the opportunity to visit five wonders, the jewel of our city:


- the Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. The monument dates back to the 6th century, of clear oriental influence, has an octagonal plan, surmounted by a large frescoed dome. 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 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. Inside, the 26 Christological scenes constitute the largest monumental cycle of the New Testament.


- the Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today.

- 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. To dominate the dome, commissioned by Bishop Neone in the mid-fifth century, the scene of the Baptism of Christ is surrounded by a refined procession of the twelve Apostles that stands out against a background of bright blue tiles. Inside there is still the baptismal font of the Renaissance period, which takes up the octagonal shape of the Baptistery's plan and which preserves the ambon of the fifth century.


 - 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. This small mausoleum in the shape of a Latin cross, externally is very simple, while inside it presents a rich mosaic decoration. 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.

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  1. IAT Ravenna
  2. Via di Roma, 53, Ravenna
  3. Via San Vitale, 17, Ravenna
  4. Piazza Arcivescovado, 1, Ravenna