Ravenna And Its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour

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Overview

See the best of Ravenna in a full-day guided walking tour led by a friendly professional local guide. Ravenna is like no other place in Italy, its Early Christian and Byzantine mosaics are a wonder of the world and their magnificence will leave you breathless. Ravenna is the right place if you wish to experience amazing historical heritage sites and great food.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Family friendly

Know More about this tour

Discover Ravenna, one of the most important cities of art, with an extraordinary historic, cultural and artistic heritage and a glorious past. Ravenna was the seat of the Roman Empire in the 5th century, of Theodoric King of the Goths in the 6th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century.
The magnificence of this period has left Ravenna with a great heritage of historical buildings and a unique collection of early Christian mosaics and monuments. 7 of the 8 Unesco World Heritage Sites of Ravenna province are located in the city of Ravenna and they were all built and decorated in the 5th and 6th centuries showing great artistic skill, including a wonderful blend of Graeco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and oriental and Western styles. Explore Ravenna, the city where Dante chose his last refuge, Boccaccio set a beautiful novel, Lord Byron lived his longest relationship, Gustav Klimt drew obvious inspiration, Hermann Hesse wrote some verses and Oscar Wilde was inspired, whoever sees Ravenna falls in love with it today just as it happened in the past.

The tour includes the following sites:
• Church of S. Vitale: with rich and vividly-coloured mosaics
• Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: breathtaking interior of the 5th century
• Baptistry of Neon: famed for its astonishing roof mosaic
• Dante's tomb
• Basilica of San Francisco: and its submerged mosaics
• Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: old private chapel of King Theodoric
• Arian Baptistry built by Theodoric
• The church of Saint John the evangelist and the old mosaic floors
• A walk in the city centre thro Piazza del Popolo

Being a full-day tour please inform the guide on the visiting day if you want to stop for a light lunch with typical products or short stops for ice cream and/or cappuccino with pastry and/or a sandwich, this is to better organize the tour according to your preferences.

Inclusions for Ravenna And Its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Private tour

Exclusions for Ravenna And Its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour

  • Entrance fees (All tickets to be paid on the spot)
  • From June 16th to February 28th: Combo-ticket (except for the Theodoric's mausoleum which is not included), €9.50/each.
  • From March 1st to June 15th: Combo-ticket for all listed monuments €10.50/each
  • Ticket for the Arians' baptistry €1.00/each
  • Food and drinks
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is not suitable for people with disabilities or walking problems.

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

From Oct. to March. all sites close at 5 pm

From April to Sept. all sites cose at 7 pm

FOR CRUISE GUESTS: ask at your cruise help desk if shuttle bus service from Porto Corsini pier to Ravenna city centre is available and if this service is offered by your cruise line. In case this service is not available a one-way taxi ride costs around € 25

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Ravenna's mosaics are legendary, but scattered over the city, so taking a tour is highly recommended. Manuela was kind, patient, and very knowledgeable. It was good to go with someone so passionate about her subject and eager to share her knowledge. I was tired and it seemed a long day.

  • I have taken many tours with Viator in the past but this by far was the best. From start to finish it was perfection. I spent the day with Manuela who went above and beyond and was the best tour guide I have ever had!! She met me right on time at the train station and her knowledge and personality goes above and beyond what you would expect from a tour guide. It was like being with the best history teacher you have ever had with a great personality to match! She answered all my questions, let me take all the pictures I wanted and took me to a separate suburb of Ravenna to see another church that was amazing. Ravenna has some of the most exquisite mosaics and interiors I have ever seen inside the most humble looking churches from the outside. I strongly recommend that you request for her and that you use a guide when going there. If you were to see the churches on your own I doubt if you would find them all and even if you did, not knowing the history would not make it as worthwhile as it was for me. It was worth every penny.

    Janette

  • Our tour guide was awesome and was able to make all the sites available to us in a very organized fashion. I would have her guide for us again, if only we knew how to contact her again!

  • This was an excellent private tour, the only guided tour we took in our recent visit to Italy. We decided to engage a guide because of the unique wealth of mosaics in Ravenna, its remarkable position as the last capital of the Roman Empire in the west, and the centre of the attempted recapture by the Eastern Roman Empire in the following century. The transition from the declining Roman Empire to early medieval Europe is vividly captured in this town as it is in few others, if any.

    Manuela was an excellent guide. She was very helpful and responsive in organizing details before the tour. The tour itself was well structured, and Manuela certainly knows what she is talking about. Given the number of sites in one day, it is a bit of a whirlwind, but Manuela was very good at putting the sites in context of the history and politics of their day, and highlighting the differences between late Roman, Ostrogothic, and Byzantine mosaics.

    The sites and the mosaics are stunning, standing out in undiminished splendour and intense colours after a millennium and a half. Those of Justinian and Theodora and their courtiers had been on my must-see list for decades, and it was a thrill to finally stand before them in the church of San Vitale.

  • Great private your. Would do it again.

  • Manuela was the BEST tour guide! Her knowledge of the history of the mosaics, Ravenna, and Christianity allowed us to fully grasp the magnitude of what was accomplished in Ravenna during the Fifth and Sixth Centuries. We would not have appreciated or understood what we were seeing without her guidance. Definitely glad we came to Ravenna -- well worth the time and effort.

  • Luca was the guide for our private tour of 6 adults! He is amazingly knowledgeable and kind! He gave a nice overview from the beginning so we could really absorb and appreciate the information he provided. He streamlined our tour to the needs and desires of our group. We really enjoyed the sites, tour and Luca's personality and passion for history!

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