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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…
Top Choice Church in Ravenna

Basilica di San Vitale

Sometimes, after weeks of trolling 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 Massimiano…
Top Choice Church 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 Ristorante in Ravenna

Ca' de Vèn

Old men and their dogs swap oenological tips with wine snobs in this cavernous wine-bar-cum-restaurant beautified with frescoed vaulting and floor-to-ceiling shelves stuffed with bottles, books and other curiosities…
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…
Tomb in Ravenna

Mausoleo di Teodorico

Historically and architecturally distinct from Ravenna's other Unesco sites (there are no mosaics here), this two-storey mausoleum was built in 520 for Gothic king Teodorico, who ruled Italy as a Byzantine viceroy. …
Christian Site in Ravenna

Battistero Neoniano

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

La Gardela

Economical prices, formidable home cooking and an attractive front terrace that's good for people watching mean this bustling trattoria can be crowded, but in a pleasant, gregarious way. Professional waiters glide b…
Osteria in Ravenna

Osteria dei Battibecchi

Simple Romagnola food done right is the hallmark of this Slow Food–recommended local favourite – from the basket of warm piadina bread that comes unbidden to your table, through scrumptious plates of pasta, grilled …