Taste of Ravenna Walking Tour – from City Center

Taste of Ravenna Walking Tour – from City Center

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      Ravenna, Italy
      3 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 380
      • Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: Visit the world's earliest and best-preserved mosaic monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's modest on the outside and absolutely breathtaking on the inside.
      • Basilica of San Vitale: Another of Ravenna's masterpieces of Byzantine art, this octagonal domed structure was consecrated in 547, and featured early flying buttresses and some of finest decorative mosaics outside Constantinople.
      • Taste regional specialties: You'll stop in at a renowned venue to savor some local crusty flat bread known as piadina and other local specialties such as prosciutto, salami, or cheese that Emilia Romagna is justly famous for – accompanied by a glass of regional wine.
      • Free time for wandering: Stroll the delightful pedestrian city center awhile and discover Ravenna on your own.

      Meeting point

      Please meet in the lobby/reception area of your hotel. Be sure to indicate the name of your hotel at check-out�or email Hello@GoBe.com so we know where to meet you. Your guide will be holding a sign with your name on it.

      Helpful hints

      Some shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta. The sun is very strong, be sure you are well protected. A small backpack may be useful for all your purchases.

      Getting around

      Expect approx. 0.5 mile of walking, over cobblestones and up/down hilly streets, with some steps to climb. Tour is not wheelchair accessible. If your mobility is limited, you may not see all the sites fully. Participate with the group at your discretion.

      Activity type

      Cultural, Scenic, Walking Tour, Family Friendly, Shopping

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-ITA-RAVE-EN-1015

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      According to tradition, the powerful Roman empress Galla Placidia – virtual ruler of the western world for 12 years of the 5th century – ordered the construction of the mausoleum that bears her name. A lover of fine art, she spared no expense in decking out her tomb. Inside the unassuming brick building are brilliant blue and green mosaics, dominating every inch of ceiling in the ancient structure.

      It seems Galla's wish was to spend eternity under a starry night sky as there are over 800 stars etched into the mausoleum's ceiling. She was a devout Christian, too – the most famous mosaics in the mausoleum are fascinating relics of early Christian art, including one brilliantly portraying Christ in regal attire of gold and purple, in contrast to prior depictions of him as a simple shepherd.

      But she died in Rome in 450, and no one's sure if she was ever actually buried in Ravenna.

      The belief for centuries was that Galla Placidia's embalmed body was sitting upright in a sarcophagus next to her second husband and second-eldest son, but an accidental fire started by mischievous local boys in 1577 threw that belief into doubt.

      With the embalmed bodies burnt beyond recognition, it's possible that imposter bodies had been placed in the ancient tombs sometime in the past, with the intention of passing them off as the real Placidia and her family.

      Regardless of whose remains may or may not be entombed there, thousands still flock to this splendid landmark. The beauty of its mosaics is reason enough to venerate the place.

      The art of inspiration

      For a relatively small structure, relatively far from Rome, Placidia's mausoleum has benefited from some of the best unintentional travel marketing in history. Among those inspired to sing its praises were the poet Ezra Pound and psychologist Carl Jung, a one-time friend of Sigmund Freud. Celebrated composer Cole Porter wrote Night and Day after a visit, moved by the intense colors of the cupola mosaic depicting a glittering night sky.

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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      Ravenna, Italy
      Great photo opportunities
      Bring money
      Bring water
      Bring photo ID
      Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Hat
      Wear Sunglasses
      Wear Jeans

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