Ravenna attractions

Top Choice Basilica in Ravenna

Basilica di San Vitale

Sometimes, after weeks of strolling around dark Italian churches, you can lose your sense of wonder. Not here! The lucid mosaics that adorn the altar of this ancient church consecrated in 547 by Archbishop Massimian…
Top Choice Basilica in Ravenna

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

An old legend states that Pope Gregory the Great once ordered the Apollinare's mosaics to be blackened as they were distracting worshippers from prayer. A millennium and a half later, the dazzling Christian handiwor…
Top Choice Historic Building in Ravenna

Mausoleo di Galla Placidia

In the same complex as Basilica di San Vitale, the small but equally incandescent Mausoleo di Galla Placidia was constructed for Galla Placidia, the half-sister of Emperor Honorius, who initiated construction of man…
Top Choice Church in Ravenna

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe

This signature early Christian basilica, lighter than Ravenna's other churches, is situated 5km southeast of town in the former Roman port of Classe. Its magnificent central apse mosaic, featuring Ravenna's patron S…
Christian Site in Ravenna

Battistero Neoniano

Roman ruins aside, this is Ravenna's oldest intact building, constructed over the site of a former Roman bathing complex in the late 4th century. Built in an octagonal shape, as was the custom with all Christian bap…
Museum in Ravenna

Museo Arcivescovile

A museum with a difference, this religious gem is on the 2nd floor of the Archiepiscopal Palace. It hides two not-to-be-missed exhibits: an exquisite ivory throne carved for Emperor Maximilian by Byzantine craftsmen…
Christian Site in Ravenna

Battistero degli Ariani

The €1 entry here (unique among Ravenna's Unesco sites) is no reflection of the quality of the artistry inside. The baptistery's breathtaking dome mosaic, depicting the baptism of Christ encircled by the 12 apostles…
Museum in Ravenna

Museo TAMO

This newer museum doubles-down on Ravenna's extraordinary history of mosaic work by chronicling 12 centuries of history, using technology and multimedia presentations with a particular emphasis on contemporary work.
Museum in Ravenna

Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra

Not nearly as impressive as the Unesco site mosaics, but still worth a look for serious aficionados, these 6th-century floor mosaics from a 14-room late-Roman palace were only unearthed in 1993. Restored but incompl…
Gallery in Ravenna

Museo d'Arte della Città di Ravenna

Arranged in a converted 15th-century monastery abutting a public garden, Ravenna's permanent art collection is backed up by regular temporary expos. The ground floor features some rather fetching modern mosaics, fir…