Byron's Ravenna

An itinerary about art, about literature, about poetry. Get to know the renowned British poet and the city he fell in love with, worldwide famous for its mosaics.

 

- One day package (up to 25 people)

- Two-day package (by coach: up to 25 people; by car: up to 7 people)

- Three-day package (up to 25 people)

  

ONE DAY PACKAGE
€75 per person

The price includes:
- a guided tour of Byron's Ravenna;
- a lunch in the old town;
- the admission fee to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, Archbishop’s Chapel, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo.
Insurance and fees not listed above are not included.

 

SCHEDULE

Morning

Piazza San Francesco

Your tour starts in Piazza San Francesco, previously named after Byron. The area around the square boasts a church with a flooded crypt covered in mosaics, the hotel where the poet stayed (now a library), a plaque in his honour and the tomb of Dante Alighieri - the well-known writer he wrote a tale in verse about, "The Prophecy of Dante".

We will then lead you through the rooms of the Biblioteca Classense (former Camaldolese monastery, now public library) to investigate, among others, the closely guarded love letters between the British Lord and Countess Guiccioli.

 

Lunch break

High-quality traditional lunch in a hand-picked local restaurant.

 

In  the afternoon

You will then get to know the Countess walking past the palace where she was born and the garden dedicated to her memory: the memory of a cultured, liberal, politically engaged noblewoman.

Last but not least, you will experience first-hand Ravenna's past as capital of the Western Roman Empire, of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and of the Exarchate of Ravenna. Your tour includes a visit to the worldwide famous, mosaic covered paleochristian landmarks Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, Archbishop’s Chapel in the Archiepiscopal Museum.

Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

 

TWO-DAY PACKAGE

€195 per person

 

The price includes:

  • Overnight stay and breakfast in a three-star hotel (different options available upon request);
  • an extended guided tour of Byron's Ravenna;
  • a lunch in the old town for both days;
  • the admission fee to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, Archbishop’s Chapel, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleum of Theoderic, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Arian Baptistery;
  • the admission fee to visit the Teatro Alighieri opera house;
  • the admission fee to the MAR museum.

Insurance and fees not listed above (e.g. tourist tax) are not included.

Transportation costs are not included and may vary according to the number of participants

 

SCHEDULE -DAY ONE:

In the morning

Your tour starts in Piazza San Francesco, previously named after Byron. The area around the square boasts a church with a flooded crypt covered in mosaics, the hotel where the poet stayed (now a library), a plaque in his honour and the tomb of Dante Alighieri - the well-known writer he wrote a tale in verse about, "The Prophecy of Dante".

We will then lead you through the rooms of the Biblioteca Classense (former Camaldolese monastery, now public library) to investigate, among others, the closely guarded love letters between the British Lord and Countess Guiccioli.

 

Lunch break

 High-quality traditional lunch in a hand-picked local restaurant.

 

 Biblioteca Classense

In the afternoon

You will then get to know the Countess walking past the palace where she was born and the garden dedicated to her memory: the memory of a cultured, liberal, political engaged noblewoman.

Last but not least, you will experience first-hand Ravenna's past as capital of the Western Roman Empire, of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and of the Exarchate of Ravenna. Your tour includes a visit to the worldwide famous, mosaic covered paleochristian landmarks Basilica of San VitaleMausoleum of Galla PlacidiaNeonian BaptisteryArchbishop’s Chapel in the Archiepiscopal Museum.

 

 

SCHEDULE - DAY TWO:

In the morning

The first stop of your second day in Ravenna will be the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, an Arian church erected by Theodoric the Great. 

Teatro Alighieri

You will then have the chance to visit one of Ravenna's cultural driving forces: the Teatro Dante Alighieri. The refined 19th century opera house was designed by the Venetian architects Tommaso and Giambattista Meduna. In case of rehearsals you will visit the Arian Baptistery and the MAR museum instead.

 

Lunch break

High-quality traditional lunch in a hand-picked local restaurant.

 

In the afternoon

Ravenna's wonders do not end in the old town: just a short drive away, you will be able to enjoy the peculiar architecture of the Mausoleum of Theoderic the Great and the breath-taking mosaics inside of the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe. Weather permitting, you will then have a stroll in the pinewood where Byron and Teresa loved riding their horses.

Your tour will end with a look at the 16th century stele “Colonna dei Francesi” in memory of the Battle of Ravenna.

 Pineta di Classe

 

 

THREE-DAY PACKAGE

€290 per person

 

The price includes:

  • a two-night stay with breakfast in a three-star hotel (different options available upon request);
  • an extended two-day guided tour of Byron's Ravenna;
  • lunch in a restaurant every day;
  • the admission fee to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, Archbishop’s Chapel, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Mausoleum of Theoderic, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Arian Baptistery;
  • the admission fee to visit the Teatro Alighieri opera house;
  • the admission fee to the MAR museum;
  • a guided tour of Bologna (including among others the Basilica of San Petronio and the anatomical theatre in the Archiginnasio);
  • the admission fee to the Compianto del Cristo Morto (Sorrow over Dead Christ) in Santa Maria della Vita.

Insurance and fees not listed above (e.g. tourist tax) are not included.

Transportation costs are not included and may vary according to the number of participants.

 

SCHEDULE -DAY ONE:

In the morning/AM

Your tour starts in Piazza San Francesco, previously named after Byron. The area around the square boasts a church with a flooded crypt covered in mosaics, the hotel where the poet stayed (now a library), a plaque in his honour and the tomb of Dante Alighieri - the well-known writer he wrote a tale in verse about, "The Prophecy of Dante".

We will then lead you through the rooms of the Classense library (former Camaldolese monastery) to investigate, among others, the closely guarded love letters between the British Lord and Countess Guiccioli.

 

Lunch break

 High-quality traditional lunch in a hand-picked local restaurant.

Tomba di Dante

 

 

In the afternoon

You will then get to know the Countess walking past the palace where she was born and the garden dedicated to her memory: the memory of a cultured, liberal, political engaged noblewoman.

Last but not least, you will experience first-hand Ravenna's past as capital of the Western Roman Empire, of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and of the Exarchate of Ravenna. Your tour includes a visit to the worldwide famous, mosaic covered paleochristian landmarks Basilica of San VitaleMausoleum of Galla PlacidiaNeonian BaptisteryArchbishop’s Chapel in the Archiepiscopal Museum.

Basilica di San Vitale

 

 

SCHEDULE - DAY TWO:

In the morning

The first stop of your second day in Ravenna will be the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, an Arian church erected by Theodoric the Great. 

You will then have the chance to visit one of Ravenna's cultural driving forces: the Teatro Dante Alighieri. The refined 19th century opera house was designed by the Venetian architects Tommaso and Giambattista Meduna. In case of rehearsals you will visit the Arian Baptistery and the MAR museum instead.

 

Lunch break

High-quality traditional lunch in a hand-picked local restaurant.

 

In the afternoon

Ravenna's wonders do not end in the old town: just a short drive away, you will be able to enjoy the peculiar architecture of the Mausoleum of Theoderic the Great and the breath-taking mosaics inside of the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe. Weather permitting, you will then have a stroll in the pinewood where Byron and Teresa loved riding their horses.

Your tour will end with a look at the 16th century stele “Colonna dei Francesi” in memory of the Battle of Ravenna.

Mausoleo di Teodorico

 

 Colonna dei Francesi

 

 

SCHEDULE - DAY THREE:

Byron did not stop in Bologna for long, but he sure experienced its vibrant energy under the arches, in the salons, in the art galleries. As testified by a plaque near the Two Towers, he stayed in the no longer existing "Albergo del Pellegrino" in 1819. What is more, it was in Palazzo Savioli that he wrote his first declaration of love to Teresa on one of her favourite books, Corinne by Madame de Staël.

 

In the morning

From the station, you'll walk past Palazzo Savioli, have a glimpse of Canale di Reno and finally get to Piazza Maggiore and its endless landmarks: the palace where Frederick II's son lived, the Fountain of Neptune and its trident which inspired Maserati's logo, the frescos of the Chapel of the Magi inside the unfinished Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo del Podestà and much more. You will then enter the Archiginnasio, home to the oldest university of Europe, a great heraldic collection and the so-called "anatomical theatre".

 San Petronio

After a taste of Bologna's food, colours and people in the old market - "il quadrilatero"- you will access Santa Maria della Vita and admire the touching sculptural group Compianto del Cristo Morto (Sorrow over Dead Christ). From there, you will walk to Palazzo della Mercanzia and to the city's symbol, the Two Towers.

 

Lunch break in a hand-picked restaurant

 

In the afternoon

 

Piazza Santo Stefano

You will later reach the "seven churches" complex located on Piazza S. Stefano, originally meant to symbolize the Passion of Christ. The last stop of your visit will be Santa Cecilia with its frescos by Francesco Francia, Lorenzo Costa, Amico Aspertini.

Valid from 01-08-2018 to 31-12-2018


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