Join me on this discovery of the last capital of the Western Roman Empire, as we take a trip from late antiquity through the middle ages to the Italian Renaissance, accompanied by Gothic, Byzantine and Venetian architecture as well as some of the most beautiful and well-known mosaics in the world and the immortal words of Dante Alighieri, the writer of the Divine Comedy. Ravenna is a city of contrasts, where east meets west, and the gorgeous setting for some of history's great events, both physically and intellectually. Let's uncover what Ravenna really has to offer.
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Basilica of San Vitale, Church of San Domenico, Piazza del popolo, Alighieri Theatre
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
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.