Ravenna audio tour: From Rome to Byzantium and beyond

From Rome to Byzantium and beyond

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

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.

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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 suck in uncomfortable places, naughty popes, monks getting undressed and all other sorts of mischief in the history if 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 and Naples.

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

Precautions

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.

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From Rome to Byzantium and beyond