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  • Address: Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna 48110, Italy
  • Hours: Daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm
  • Admission: Adults: €9.50; all concessions: €8.50; Children under 10: free

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San Vitale Basilica Tours

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, San Vitale Basilica 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.

Practical Info

Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna. Open daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm. Admission adults €9.50; all concessions €8.50; children under 10 go free. Ticket price includes entry to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Neonian Baptistery and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
plus the Archiepiscopal Museum and Chapel. Take Bus Line 1 to Piazza Baracca.

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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour, Ravenna, null
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

On this private guided walking tour you will explore the fascinating city of Ravenna, known for its well-preserved late Roman and Byzantine architecture and ...  Read more

Location: Ravenna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.56
Private Day Tour of Ravenna and Ferrara, Ferrara, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour of Ravenna and Ferrara

Enjoy a full-day private tour of Ravenna and nearby Ferrara to explore the major attractions in each city. See Ravenna's Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum ...  Read more

Location: Ferrara, Italy
Duration: Flexible

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Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna, Bologna, City Tours
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Private Ravenna Tour with Transport from Bologna

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant, Ravenna, Private Day Trips
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Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

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Location: Ravenna, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.72
Private Walking Tour: Discover Ravenna's Stunning Mosaics, Ravenna, Cooking Classes
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Private Walking Tour: Discover Ravenna's Stunning Mosaics

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Ravenna is known worldwide as the Capital of Mosaics. During this half-day tour you will discover why this medium-sized town has earned its nickname and ...  Read more

Location: Ravenna, Italy
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $130.29
Half-day Walking Tour in Ravenna, Ravenna, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half-day Walking Tour in Ravenna

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Join this 2.5-hour walking tour of Ravenna to explore the city's top attractions. The monuments that normally fit into this tour are: Basilica of San Vitale, ...  Read more

Location: Ravenna, Italy
Duration: 2 hours 18 minutes (approx.)

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Ravenna and its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour, Ravenna, Half-day Tours
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Ravenna and its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour

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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 ...  Read more

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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