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From 493 A.D. Ravenna saw one of the most important and significant chapters of its history. Following the conquest by the Goths, an eastern Germanic population of Arian faith, led by Theodoric the Great, the city was enriched with new institutional and religious buildings without subverting those already present, in the desire to make its faith coexist with the Orthodox rite.
This tour wishes to highlight a latent past intrinsic to the urban and cultural fabric of Ravenna, which successive dominations have tried to conceal.
The route includes entrance to four monuments, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Starting with the most famous and legendary one, the unique Mausoleum of Theodoric, we will then head towards the historical centre, first admiring the 'Palace of Theodoric', located next to the Palatine Basilica of St Martin in Tours (today Sant'Apollinare Nuovo) and then the Arian Baptistery.
At this point, at the Mercato Coperto (Covered Market), you can enjoy a well-deserved break with a leisurely breakfast/meal, savouring the delights of traditional Romagna gastronomy, before continuing on to the last stop on our trek, the Museo Nazionale di Ravenna (National Museum of Ravenna), where important artefacts of Ravenna's past are preserved.
The Theodoric Urban Trekking was born from the desire to make tourism outside the classic canons of guided tours.
Come with us on this new experience that combines sport, art, taste and the desire to discover the city's most hidden and curious places associated with the good habit of walking.
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 9 am
ticket office of the Mausoleum of Theodoric
via delle Industrie 14, 48122 RA
please arrive 10 minutes before departure time
- for those arriving by car it will be possible to leave it at the free car park
- for those arriving by train the starting point can easily be reached on foot in 10/15 minutes
4.5 hours (from 9 am to 1.30 pm)
- certified and experienced guide
- radio guide whisper
- entrance tickets to: Mausoleum of Theodoric, Baptistery of the Arians, National Museum of Ravenna
- breakfast/ snack at the Mercato Coperto of Ravenna including:
A drink to choose from:
. Pascucci Bio espresso coffee
A taste of the Mercato with a choice of:
. Slice of artisan cake of the day, directly from our patisserie
. Assorted shortbread biscuits of our own production
. Small focaccia with Squacquerone DOP Officine Gastronomiche Spadoni and rocket salad
Still water included in the service
any requests in addition to those specified above at the Covered Market
- meeting at the ticket office of the Mausoleum of Theodoric, welcome by the guide and visit to the Mausoleum of Theodoric
- first 2 km walk towards the Baptistery of the Arians with a stop and brief explanation in front of Theodoric's Palace
- guided tour of the Arian Baptistery
- second 0.5 km walk through the streets of the old town centre with a stop at the Mercato Coperto for a short breakfast/meal
- last 0.5 km walk to the National Museum of Ravenna
- guided tour of the National Museum
- end of service, free lunch and return to starting point independently
- a minimum number of participants is required for this experience
- it is necessary to book at least 24 hours in advance
- length of route: approx. 3 km
- difficulty: easy