Art

Ravenna is a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the first order; in its glorious past, it was capital three times between the 5th and 8th centuries and the magnificence of this period has left important remains that have come down to us today. Ravenna is the city of mosaic art which did not originate here but found its highest form of expression in a mixture of symbolism and realism, Roman and Byzantine influences and even today this ancient craft lives on in schools and workshops.

Within its ancient walls it keeps the richest heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. For this reason its early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings have been acknowledged as world heritage by Unesco; they include the simple outer shell of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia hides a ceiling of infinite stars, the refined composition that decorates Neonian Baptistery is inspired by a cultured Hellenic tradition, recalled also in the Arian Baptistery, the regal style of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo reveals its origins as a palatine church built by Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths, more than one hundred little birds lead you into the intimacy of the Chapel of Sant'Andrea in which the triumphant Christ is celebrated, the majestic Mausoleum of Theodoric covered by a massive block of stone in the cupola, the Basilica of San Vitale which is the greatest treasure of the early Christian era contains the portraits of the imperial Byzantine court, while outside the city the extremely elegant Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe has a wonderful apse depicting Christ and Sant'Apollinare, the first bishop and patron.
The cultural offer in Ravenna begins with the 8 historic buildings recognised as World Heritage by Unesco in 1996 and it is from these that growth and innovation derive. The examples of this are numerous and can be seen in the life and cultural production or our city which in recent years has seen substantial changes: from the recovery of the Roman history of Ravenna to the opening of new archaeological sites, new exhibition seasons, great concert events and the culture that pervades the entire territory.

In addition to the mosaics there are other things of beauty: in Ravenna you can walk among the bell towers and monastic cloisters, from the Romanesque to the gothic, from frescoes in the style of Giotto in Santa Chiara to the Baroque apse of S. Apollinare Nuovo, from the relics of the last refuge of Dante Alighieri to the palaces that saw the loves of Lord Byron.
Those who see Ravenna fall in love with it just as happened to Boccaccio who set one of his best stories here, to Gustav Klimt who clearly drew inspiration from it, to Hermann Hesse who visited and dedicated some verses to it.
Ravenna is Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, medieval, Venetian and finally contemporary, civil and hospitable, abundant with cultural events of international prestige which project it into the future.


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Travel Ideas:

-Full Day: The Classic Ravenna.
Price per person: 55.00 Euro (min. 25 people) (Children till 10 years old pay only the lunch).

This package includes: 6 hours guided tour in the city of Ravenna (3 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon); admission to the Unesco Monuments in th historical center, Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Piazza del Popolo, Dante’s Tomb, Domus dei tappeti di Pietra, Piazza Sant Francesco and Basilica of San Francesco, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, visit to a Mosaic lab, typical lunch at a restaurant in the historical center (drinks included).

Does not include: transport, insurance and everything that is not written in “This package includes”.


-Half-day
Price per person: 45.00 Euro (min. 25 people) (Children till 10 years old pay only the lunch)

This package includes: 3 hours guided-tour in the city of Ravenna, admission to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoluem of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Piazza del Popolo, Dante’s Tomb), typical lunch at a restaurant in the historical center (drinks included).

Does not include: Transport, insurance and everything that is not mentioned in “This package includes”.

-Ravenna: Mosaics and Handcraft
Price per peson: 55.00 Euro (Children till 10 years old pay only the lunch)

This package includes: 3 hours guided tour in the city of Ravenna, admission to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Piazza del Popolo, Dante’s Tomb, Piazza San Fracsco and Basilica of San Francesco), typical lunch at a restaurant in the historical center (drinks included); the afternoon is dedicated to the discovering of the handcraft of Ravenna with personal shopper (2 hours).

-Mosaics in Ravenna and Ceramics in Faenza.
Price per person: 55.00 Euro (Children till 10 years old pay only the lunch).

This package includes: 3 hours guided-tour in ravenna, admission to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Piazza del Popolo, Dante’s Tomb, Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra, Piazza San Francesco), lunch at a typical restaurant in the historical center (drinks included), a half-day of guided-visit of the city of Faenza, visit to the International Ceramics Museum, visit to a ceramics workshop.

Does not include: transport. insurance and everything that is not mentioned in “This package includes”.

- Full day in Bologna & Ravenna

Price per person: 60.00 Euro (min 25 persons)

This package insludes: 3 hours guided-tour in the city of Ravenna, admission to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Dante’s Tomb and Piazza del Popolo), 3 hours Guided-tour in Bologna, visit to the historical monuments in Piazza Maggiore like the Fontana del Nettuno, Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo d’Accursio, Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio (where you can find the most ancient University of the World), Piazza della Mercanzia, le Due Torri, Basilica of Santo Stefano. Lunch at a typical restaurant in the historical center in Bologna or in Ravenna.

Does not include: transports, insurance and everything that is not mentioned in “This package includes”.

-Full Day: Ravenna, Forlì and Forlimpopoli.
Price per person: 35.00 Euro (min 25 persons).

This package includes: 3 hours guided-tour in the city of Ravenna (in English), (in the morning or in the afternoon), admission to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center. A walk in the center of Forlì, entrance and visit to Casa Artusi.
Does not include: transport, insurance and everything that is not mentioned in “This package includes”.
Programm Proposal:
Arrival in Ravenna in the morning; meeting with the guide and guided-tour in the city and visit to the Unesco Monuments in the historical center (Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Piazza del popolo, Dante’s Tomb), visit to a Mosaic Atelier.
Free Lunch (we are available to organize the lunch at a typicall restaurant in the historical center).
In the afternoon: travel to Forli, meeting with the guide, walk through the most important places of the city (about 2 hours).
Travel by bus to Forlimpopoli for visiting the famous “Casa Artusi”, with a walk in the center of the city, visit to the fortress. Dinner on request.

Other Proposal that you can add:
At the “Casa Artusi” you can add a Cooking class; a tasting at a restaurant.