Ravenna audio tour: Ravenna: From Rome to Byzantium and beyond

Ravenna: From Rome to Byzantium and beyond

Walking Tour

120 mins

About the Tour

Discover one of Italy's lesser-known yet no less fascinating cities, Ravenna on this walking tour. In its long history, it has been a capital three times and was the last capital of the Western Roman Empire. On this journey from late antiquity through the middle ages to the Italian Renaissance, you'll take in Gothic, Byzantine, and Venetian architecture, some of the most beautiful and well-known mosaics in the world, and the final resting place of Dante Alighieri, the writer of the Divine Comedy.

We'll follow in Dante's footsteps to uncover what Ravenna really has to offer. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity of visiting the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Sant’Apollinare Nuova, and the Basilica of San Vitale. On this tour, you can look forward to:

• Taking in the city's many UNESCO world heritage sites
• Hearing about Giuliano Argentario, the James Bond of antiquity
• Getting acquainted with Camillo Benso, one of the founding fathers of Italy
• Finding out what it takes to get a statue of yourself placed in the people's square
• Learning about the many Italian poets and writers that called the city home

Ravenna is a city of contrasts, where east meets west. Join me on this tour to delve deeper into the city that's at the heart of some of history's great events, both physically and intellectually.

Please note: this tour doesn't include or cover the cost of entrance into the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Sant’Apollinare Nuova, and the Basilica of San Vitale.

Tour Producer


A History of Italy Podcast

A weekly podcast in 15/20 minute episodes on the history of the Italian peninsula from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the present day.
There are plenty of dates, battles and rulers of course, but also a fair share of rabbits winning sieges, swords stuck in uncomfortable places, naughty popes, monks getting undressed and all other sorts of mischief in the history of the colourful Italians.

The author, Mike Corradi is an Anglo-Italian English teacher living in northern Italy with a passion for travel and history.

His tours so far include Ravenna, Rimini, Naples and Trento.

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Major Landmarks

  • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia

  • Basilica of San Vitale

  • Church of San Domenico Ravenna

  • Piazza del popolo

  • Alighieri Theatre

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. It is very close to a convenient car park, "Parcheggio San Vitale". Parking costs 3 euros for the whole day and you can come and go. It is free on Sunday.

The starting point is a twenty minute walk from the train station.

The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is in the gardens of the San Vitale complex in the top-right corner from the entrance arch.

You can get tickets close by in Via Giuliano Argentario 22

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Places to stop along the way

Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of San Vitale, Church of San Domenico, Piazza del popolo, Basilica of Sant Apollinare Nuova, Dante's Tomb

Best time of day

Avoid the central hours of the day, from 11:00 to 15:00 during the hot summer months. If you are visiting on a Sunday, many churches may not be accessible to due services between 10:30 and 12:00


If you are visiting between June and August, it can be very hot and humid. If possible avoid the hours between 11:00 and 14:00 and bring plenty of water with you.

If you are visiting on Sunday morning, some churches may be closed for Mass between 10:30 and 12:00.


Outstanding tour! Excellent blend of history, culture and highly entertaining.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 1 month ago
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Ravenna: From Rome to Byzantium and beyond