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Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale)
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Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) Tours and Activities

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In 402 AD, during the latter days of the Western Roman Empire, Ravenna was made its capital, so it is fitting that this lovely city has some of the most important religious sights dating from the early days of Christianity. Now UNESCO-listed with all the other glorious mosaic showstoppers in the city, theBasilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) dates from the mid sixth century; work started on it in 526 at the behest of Ecclesius, Bishop of Ravenna, and it was consecrated in 547. However, the Byzantines conquered Rome in 540 and took over the construction of the octagonal marble basilica. The resulting internal decoration is believed to be the finest example of Byzantine art in the world, executed by unknown master craftsmen over many years and liberally coating the interior with bejeweled mosaics. Detailed Biblical scenes contrast with depictions of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, ornamented with stylized patterns in green, red and gold, while the cupola is adorned with Baroque frescoes added in 1780 by artists from across northern Italy.

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Daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm
Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, 48110
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Ravenna Mosaics & Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

Ravenna Mosaics & Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

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Take a tour of Ravenna, known as the “city of mosaics” for the colorful tile artwork adorning many of its central buildings—some of which is more than 1,500 years old. The tour begins at Piazza del Popolo, the main square in the center of the city, and continues on to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. You’ll also see Dante’s tomb, the Baptistry of Neon, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.78
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Mosaic Tiles - Guided Tour

Mosaic Tiles - Guided Tour

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The eternal beauty of the mosaics of some of the most famous Unesco monuments of Ravenna, in a tour that starting from Piazza San Francesco, will wind along the streets of the historic center.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.88
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Ravenna Tour of Must-See Sites and Attractions with Native Top-Rated Guide

Ravenna Tour of Must-See Sites and Attractions with Native Top-Rated Guide

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Take in the highlights of Ravenna in just hours without the hassle of following a map and guidebook with this walking tour through the historic center. Admire the UNESCO-listed Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, Basilica of San Vitale, and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; stop at Dante’s tomb; and stroll through the city’s lanes to sample local specialties like piadina flatbread and traditional cheeses.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ravenna, the most beautiful mosaics in the city of Paradise

Ravenna, the most beautiful mosaics in the city of Paradise

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The guides of Il Papavero are able to adapt the tour to every need and type of clientele, always creating a pleasant atmosphere and without weighing down the historical-artistic explanations. The skills and sympathy come together to create an unforgettable tour ... in the folds of the Paradise of Dante's memory.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$167.09
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Wonderful Ravenna, visit 3 UNESCO sites with a local guide on a private tour

Wonderful Ravenna, visit 3 UNESCO sites with a local guide on a private tour

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During this Private Tour Silvia will make you discover the extraordinary history of the most important UNESCO sites in the city of Ravenna, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Byzantine rule. Ravenna in the space of only 200 years was nominated capital three times and today its perfectly preserved mosaics leave us breathless, taking us back to the ancient glories of a bygone era. During this visit, immersed in the evocative half-light, you will have the opportunity to observe the majesty of the mosaics in a completely unique and special atmosphere outside of satiety and time.
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  • 2 hours
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$149.39
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

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Explore Ravenna's UNESCO World Heritage sites, dating from the Byzantine and Roman empires, on this private walking tour. With a dedicated guide, you'll enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Entrance tickets to all sites included.
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  • 3 hours
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$137.90
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Full Day Ravenna Private Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

Full Day Ravenna Private Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

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This is a 5 hours private walking tour that includes all the major monuments and attractions of Ravenna, our professional tour guide will lead you to discover all the beauties of this charming town. Since this is a private tour, we encourage our clients to share their interests and desires in order to personalize the itinerary as much as possible. Being a walking tour will be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
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  • 5 hours
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$205.64
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Ravenna Mosaics and Art - Half day private guided tour

Ravenna Mosaics and Art - Half day private guided tour

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Discover the most iconic ancient mosaics in the stunning, seaside city of Ravenna during this half-day walking tour. Highlights include mosaics commissioned by the Emperor Justinian of Byzantium, the tomb of the Italian writer and poet Dante, and the private chapel of the Ostrogoths King Theoderic. Choose from all-day departure timings; admission tickets are purchased separately.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$126.41
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$126.41
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Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna

Art tour of Ravenna from Bologna

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Ravenna: a treasure of the Mediterranean: A hidden world of mosaics and underground crypts, the absolute pearl of art of Emilia Romagna region. Several populations estabilished on the sandy Adriatic coast. This endless territory of marsh, wetlands, lagoons, swamps, despite being partially unhealthy, turned out to be the perfect shelter for a craddle of civilization. The pines of the coast started to be exploited by romans to build their undefeatable fleet. Our tour will be as rich in detail and complete as possible, in order to let you dive into this golden age, and let you travel back in time with your mind and your senses.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.64
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Ravenna: private full-day tour with mosaics admission

Ravenna: private full-day tour with mosaics admission

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Spend a full day getting to know the remarkable town of Ravenna. With five stunning Mosaic sights and an astounding 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ravenna is a delight for the senses. Learn about the city’s Byzantine architecture from your guide as you explore historically significant landmarks. Break for lunch (own expense), and free time to explore and then reconvene in the afternoon. All museum admission fees are included with the tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$203.98
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$203.98
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Best of RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Best of RAVENNA on a Private Tour

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Have you ever wondered how a mosaic is made? Thanks to this tour you will discover any details. I will lead you through the wonder of the stunning early Christian monuments of Ravenna (inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1996), telling you about the characters depicted, the symbols, and the religious politics behind them. I'll let you discover and delve into the unexpected atmosphere. The radiance and colours of the ancient mosaics will allow you to feel how worshippers felt centuries ago. During the tour we'll have the chance to learn more about the techniques and the materials they are made of. *Monuments admission fees are NOT included.
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  • 3 hours
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$172.37
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From Rome to Byzantium in Ravenna: Walk in Dante's footsteps on an audio tour

From Rome to Byzantium in Ravenna: Walk in Dante's footsteps on an audio tour

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Take a wander through the last capital of the Western Roman Empire, the capital of the kingdom of the Goths and the Byzantine exarchate. On this self-guided audio tour, you'll also get a taste of the power of the great republic of Venice as well as the 19th century Italian Risorgimento, all the while accompanied by some of the most famous mosaics in the world in the presence of many UNESCO heritage sites. The tour starts in ancient Rome, with the mausoleum of Galla Placidia and then takes you after the fall to the Basilica of San Vitale. We then head through the middle ages to the 19th century, as we move to Piazza del Popolo. Afterwards, we head back to the time of the Gothic domination with the Baptistry of the Ariana before going to see an elaborate cover-up operation in the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuova. Finally, we pay a visit to the mortal remains of the great poet Dante Alighieri, father of the Italian language.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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$5.99
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Ravenna Private Guided Tour of Top Sites Ancient Mosaics & Piadina Tasting

Ravenna Private Guided Tour of Top Sites Ancient Mosaics & Piadina Tasting

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On this half-day, private walking tour of Ravenna, you’ll enjoy a tailor-made introduction to the stunning, seaside Italian city. Get a peek at Byzantine-era mosaics in the basilicas of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and San Vitale, pay your respects to the famed poet at Dante’s tomb, and enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting of regional products.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$143.58
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Ravenna in half a day

Ravenna in half a day

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.26
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Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

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See sparkling Byzantine mosaics before learning some secrets of Italian cooking with this mosaics tour and cooking class in Ravenna. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to two Ravenna monuments with UNESCO-recognized mosaics. Experience a lesson in cooking some local specialties, including a flatbread called 'piadina.'
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$113.77
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$113.77

Ravenna and its Mosaics Private Tour with Piadina Tasting

Ravenna and its Mosaics Private Tour with Piadina Tasting

Admire the best of Ravenna’s famous mosaics with a top-rated guide on this private walking tour. Home to eight different UNESCO World Heritage sites, Ravenna has so many treasures to see, it can be hard to know where to start. Learn the stories and symbolism behind the dazzling Byzantine and Roman mosaics that decorate churches and mausoleums, and see the tomb of celebrated poet Dante. Finish with a tasting of a ‘piadina,’ a savory flatbread and favorite street food specialty.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.63
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$166.63
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Ravenna: Byzantine Mosaics & food tasting tour

Ravenna: Byzantine Mosaics & food tasting tour

We provide tours with the best local certified guides, our guides had to pass a severe exam abouth the history of the city to obtain this grade level. The experience we provide is unique and will make the difference for bringing back a great memory of this amazing city. We can arrange the tour in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages please ask us your needs.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$114.92
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$114.92
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The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Thanks to this FULL DAY tour you'll have the chance to discover the stunning wonders of this land: Bologna and Ravenna. Both cities were protagonists in the historic panorama of this part of Italy. The presence of the University, the oldest in the Western world, has made BOLOGNA a cultural center of extraordinary importance. We'll visit the most evocative monuments and places in the city center. RAVENNA, a Unesco site known worldwide because of its early Christian era mosaics, gives you the opportunity to see preserved monuments from the 5th and 6th century. We will meet in Bologna in the morning and we will visit the city center highlights. Then together we'll catch the train to Ravenna. * I would be happy to customize this tour so that it fits your requirements best!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$413.70
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$413.70
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Best of Ravenna City & Mosaics Private Tour with a Local Guide

Best of Ravenna City & Mosaics Private Tour with a Local Guide

Ravenna is well known around the world for its byzantine architecture and mosaics. This is the complete tour to explore Ravenna city and mosaics in one day with a native guide. You will spend 5 hours with a private guide to see all the highlights.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$241.32
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$241.32
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Ravenna Walking Tour

Ravenna Walking Tour

Discover Ravenna with this itinerary that in just three hours takes you to visit the most famous and significant monuments of the city and to admire the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics among the most famous and best preserved in the world! This delightful city between the 5th and 8th centuries was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, then of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths and finally of the Byzantine Exarchate, and traces of this past are gathered in the splendid early Christian buildings and in its eight UNESCO monuments . But Ravenna is also the city that Dante Alighieri has chosen as the last refuge and which still preserves its memory and immortal remains.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$132.15
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$132.15
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Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna
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Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna

Check out the sights of Ravenna on a private day trip from Bologna. Traveling with your own personal guide, you'll spend half a day in Ravenna, a city loved for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and its wealth of architecture and mosaics. Learn of its Byzantine and Roman history as you explore, and discover areas such as Piazza del Popolo and the so-called Dante enclave.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$366.88
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$366.88
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Experiences in Ravenna: a multi sensorial experience in a historical city

Experiences in Ravenna: a multi sensorial experience in a historical city

You will live a unique experience with an excellent private guide who is an artist as well as a journalist, with lunch included.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$844.53
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$844.53

A walk though the Oriental gate

A walk though the Oriental gate

Unique experience with an exceptional guide capable of transmitting his passion for his city. You will have a glimpse of life lived in history
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.37
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Private Guided Tour with Native guide of Top Sites & Ancient Mosaics of Ravenna

Private Guided Tour with Native guide of Top Sites & Ancient Mosaics of Ravenna

As the capital city of the region of the same name in Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy, Ravenna is well known for its colorful mosaics, stunning basilica churches and remarkable chapels. Join us on this private tour led by a local expert and English-speaking professional guide to experience the wonder of the awe-inspiring city. Total duration: 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.24
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What are Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) hours of operation?
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Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) hours of operation: Daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) costs USD 5.99. Guided Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) tours start around USD 5.99 per person.
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