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  • 1 Mausoleum of Galla Placidia Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via Argentario 22 I - 48100 Ravenna

    The sister of Emperor Honorius (circa 392-450), Galla Placidia held court in Ravenna in truly ostentatious Roman style... Her mausoleum is an impressive 5C construction in the form of a Latin cross, decorated with mosaics featuring geometric motifs, ..

  • 2 Episcopal Museum - Sant Andrea chapel Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Piazza Arcivescovado 1 I - 48100 Ravenna

    The museum has a small lapidary collection and the pulpit of Archbishop Maximian, a masterpiece of ivory sculpture (6C) and remarkable mosaics in St Andrew's chapel.

  • 3 Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via di Roma I - 48100 Ravenna

    Built by Theodoric between 493 and 526, this basilica has a nave and two aisles separated by Corinthian columns. It is decorated with superb mosaics on a golden background: scenes from the Life of Christ, the saints and the prophets are represented a..

  • 4 Basilica of San Vitale Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Via Argentario 22 I - 48100 Ravenna

    Consecrated in 547 by Archbishop Maximian, this architectural masterpiece bears witness to the splendid opulence and use of light characteristic of late Antiquity. The richness of its interior decoration is quite breathtaking: marble, beautifully scu..

  • 5 Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    S16 I - 48100 Ravenna

    This immense basilica was completed in the 11C by a cylindrical campanile. The interior is divided into three majestic spaces by marble columns adorned with splendid Corinthian capitals. However the magnificent mosaics in the triumphal arch and chanc..

  • 6 Baptistry of Neoni Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Duomo I - 48100 Ravenna

    There is more to find of Ravenna's mosaics in this 4C baptistry that owes its name to the Bishop Neoni. These mosaics with vivid and contrasting colours depict the Baptism of Christ accompanied by a retinue of apostles.

  • 7 Mausoleum of Theodoric Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Via delle Industrie 14 I - 48100 Ravenna

    Successor to Odoacer, the Goth king Theodoric (493-526) ruled over Ravenna and contributed to the embellishment of the city. His mausoleum, built in 520, is a curious building, built from stones of enormous size and crowned with an astonishing monoli..

  • 8 Ravenna Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Duomo I - 48100 Ravenna

    Adjoining the baptistry, the 18C Cathedral of Ravenna has preserved its cylindrical campanile from the 10C and 11C and has an ambo from the 6C decorated with symbolic animals.

  • 9 Tomb of Dante

    Religious buildings

    Via Dante Alighieri 9 I - 48100 Ravenna

    Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the author of the Divine Comedy and the founder of the Italian language, died in exile at Ravenna. His tomb is crowned with a classical monument built in the 18C.

  • 10 St Francis Church

    Religious buildings

    Piazza S. - Francesco I - 48100 Ravenna

    Dante's funeral was celebrated in this Romanesque church, built in the 10C. There are attractive columns in Greek marble, a main altar from the 5C and a crypt, in which you can see the original mosaics.

  • 11 Arians' Baptistry

    Religious buildings

    Via degli Ariani I - 48100 Ravenna

    The Arians were the followers of an Alexandrian priest, Arius, who denied the divinity of Christ, a theory widely condemned by the successive councils of Nicaea (325). This did not prevent the Goths from following it for several centuries. The baptis..

  • 12 Museo d'Arte della città di Ravenna (MAR)

    Museums and art

    Via di Roma 13 I - 48100 Ravenna

    Young ladies in search of a husband should not hesitate to embrace the recumbent figure of the Knight Guidarello Guidarelli (Tullio Lombrado, 1525): of course you will not wake up the attractive sleeping knight but the omens are clear; you will find ..

  • 13 Ravenna National Museum

    Museums and art

    Via San Vitale 17 I - 48100 Ravenna

    The National museum, established in an old Benedictine monastery alongside the basilica of San Vitale, is the site of the precious reconstituted fresco from Santa Chiara Church by Pietro da Rimini (c. 1320). It is also home to objects from the late R..

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