Ravenna Things to Do

  • Dante's Tomb
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  • Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna, June 2010
    Piazza del Popolo, Ravenna, June 2010
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  • Battistero Neoniano, Mosaics, Ravenna, June 2010
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  • 1. San Vitale

    Of all Ravenna's wonderful ancient UNESCO sites the Basilica San Vitale must surely be the highlight for all visitors, not just me. It has an almost tangible atmosphere reflecting both its age and...

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  • 2. San Apollinare Nuovo

    This was the first 'big' UNESCO site that I visited. The Basilica S Apollinare Nuovo is truly ancient, built during the reign of Theodoric and first mentioned as being dedicated around 504CE. It is...

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  • 3. Dante's Tomb

    I'll be honest. I visited Dante's tomb (really a mausoleum) because I happened to be nearby (I'd just visited the much-more-interesting Basilica San Francesco). It seemed a pity to miss it out, so I...

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  • 4. Neonian Baptistery - Battistero Neoniano

    By the Museo Arcivescovile and Ravenna's Duomo, and almost next-door to the Duomo's rather wonderful 10th-century campanile, you'll find the octagonal Neonian Baptistry. It is named after Bishop Neone...

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  • 5. Mausoleum Galla Placida

    By the time I'd reached the cross-shaped brick mausoleum of Galla Placidia, set behind the stunning Basilica San Vitale, I should have had my fill of ancient mosaics. Not so. It was not only the...

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  • 6. Arian Baptistery -Battistero degli Ariani

    The Arian baptistry is some way away from most of Ravenna's other UNESCO sites and, as far as I could see, it isn't particularly well-signed. If I hadn't known it was there I would certainly have...

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  • 7. Duomo - Cathedral

    Ravenna's existing Duomo was the idea of the Archibishop appointed in 1727. He wanted a ne, Baroque cathedral to replace the old-fashioned one. Building the new cathedral meant the old one was pretty...

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  • 8. Events

    “Lord Byron, who preferred Ravenna to all the other towns of Italy, and was influenced in some measure by his intimacy with the Countess Guiccioli, a member of the Gamba family of Ravenna, spent two...

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  • 9. Piazza del Popolo

    If Ravenna did not have so many wonderful ancient sites the remains of its Medieval city would draw far more attention. But I fear that most visitors whizz round those fantastic UNESCO sites and don't...

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  • 10. Daytrip - San Apollinare in Classe

    The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe is a famous monument of Byzantine art near Ravenna. When the UNESCO inscribed eight Ravenna sites on the World Heritage List, it cited this basilica as "an...

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  • 11. San Francesco

    No obvious mosaics in this church, I'm afraid, but it's still well worth a visit. A church, dedicated to Saints Peter & Paul, existed on this site from around 450CE. That earliest building was later...

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  • 12. Museo Arcivescovile

    The Museo Arcivescovile (Archipiscopal Museum) is next door to Ravenna's Duomo and the Neonian Baptistry. Not being hugely into museums, and with a number of places I was determined to see during my...

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  • 13. The coast

    We were all ready to jump into the Adriatic after a day of gazing at the best of Byzantium translated into Italian. The question was, where to do it. In keeping with our dual themes (Etruscans and...

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  • 14. Theodorico Mausoleum - Mausoleo di Teodorico

    Located over 1km from the centre of Ravenna, the Mausoleum of Theodoric the Great is yet another monument listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. It was built by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric...

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  • 15. Museo Nazionale - National Museum

    Ravenna’s National Museum of Antiquities, housed in the cloisters of the Church of San Vitale, has an important collection of Classical and Early Christian antiquities, including inscriptions, icons,...

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  • 16. San Giovanni Evangelista

    It would be very easy indeed to head straight from Ravenna's railway station to the major UNESCO sites this treasure-house of a small town holds. In fact, that was exactly what I was planning to...

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  • 17. Rocca Brancaleone - Brancaleone Rock

    As indicated by the bas-relief of Saint Mark's Lion, placed above the entrance of the inner castle, the Rocca di Brancaleone was built by the Venetians (in 1457) during their brief rule over Ravenna....

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  • 18. Mosaics

    “O lone Ravenna! many a tale is told Of thy great glories in the days of old: Two thousand years have passed since thou didst see Caesar ride forth to royal victory.” — from “Ravenna” by Oscar Wilde...

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  • 19. Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

    If you've never seen the mosaic floors of an upmarket Roman house/palace in their original locations then this place might well be for you. The 'Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra' is a massively important...

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  • 20. Palazzo Comunale -City Hall

    The oldest surviving structure on Piazza del Popolo, il Palazzetto Veneziano was built by the Venetians in 1462. The building is attached to Palazza Comunale and is connected to it via an arched...

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  • 21. Holy Spirit - Santo Spirito

    Known today as la Chiesa dello Spirito Santo, this ancient church was originally named Hagia Anastasis (Holy Resurrection), the Arian Cathedral of Ravenna. It was built during the reign of Teodorico...

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  • 22. Santa Maria Maggiore

    Located next to la Basilica di San Vitale, la Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is older by only a year. It was commissioned by Bishop Ecclesius (il vescovo Ecclesio) in 525 AD, while Ravenna was still...

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  • 23. Daytrip Mirabilandia

    Mirabilandia is a huge amusement park with many attractions in Ravenna, from the city center it's about 15 minutes by car, there are also buses going there and back. it's a very fun place to spend all...

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  • 24. Torre Civica

    This visibly leaning tower is the sole survivor of many mediaeval towers that once dotted the city of Ravenna. It was built in the 12th century, a period when prominent families raced to build such...

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  • 25. Gardens

    We were heading for the Cathedral, which was supposed to be closing fairly soon, when we saw a lovely garden, entered through a kind of portal; I'm reasonably sure that there was a museum there but as...

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