Ravenna in detail


Ravenna revolves around its eight Unesco World Heritage Sites (seven scattered about town, one 5km to the southeast). A biglietto cumulativo (combo ticket, €9.50), good for seven days, grants access to five of the sites: Basilica di San Vitale, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Museo Arcivescovile and Battistero Neoniano. Three others – Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Mausoleo di Teodorico and Battistero degli Ariani – require individual tickets. Tickets are purchased at the L’Opera di Religione della Diocesi di Ravenna Ticket Office near San Vitale.

The city's brilliant 4th- to 6th-century gold, emerald and sapphire masterpieces will leave you struggling for adjectives. A suitably impressed Dante once described them as a 'symphony of colour' and spent the last few years of his life admiring them. Romantic toff Lord Byron added further weight to Ravenna's literary credentials when he spent a couple of years here before decamping to Greece.