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Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) Tours and Tickets

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Ravenna is known for its Byzantine mosaics, considered among the finest in the world. The most magnificent cover the interiors of the UNESCO-listed San Vitale Basilica with a show-stopping explosion of glittering gold, eye-popping color, and intricate compositions that remain glorious despite the passage of 1,500 years.

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Daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm
Via San Vitale 17, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, 48110
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Mosaic Tiles - Guided Tour
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Mosaic Tiles - Guided Tour

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Christian works of art abound in Ravenna, but the most fascinating examples of the city are the mosaics. Make sure you don't miss any of the fantastic mosaics with this walking tour through the streets of Ravenna's historic center. In the company of a certified guide, you will be able to admire UNESCO World Heritage monuments such as the Basilica of San Vitale and enjoy a rich commentary on art and architecture.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.88
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Dante's Ravenna: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Dante's Ravenna: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Connect with the history and architecture of Ravenna through a self-guided audio tour. Set out independently at a convenient time and get access to maps and audio content. Learn about the stories behind landmarks as you see them, including the Basilica of San Vitale and Piazza del Popolo. Complete the experience with a visit to the tomb of renowned poet Dante Alighieri.
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  • 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Art tour of Ravenna and its mosaics (private tour)

Art tour of Ravenna and its mosaics (private tour)

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Get more out of your time in Ravenna, and discover the history behind the city’s mosaics and below-ground crypts with a private guide. Skipping the bustle of the standard group tours, you’ll explore at a pace that works best for your personal group, and focus on the sights of Ravenna that interest you most. Highlights include visits to the Archiepiscopal Museum and the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ravenna Mosaics and Art - Half day private guided tour

Ravenna Mosaics and Art - Half day private guided tour

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Discover the most iconic ancient mosaics in the stunning, seaside city of Ravenna during this half-day walking tour. Highlights include mosaics commissioned by the Emperor Justinian of Byzantium, the tomb of the Italian writer and poet Dante, and the private chapel of the Ostrogoths King Theoderic. Choose from all-day departure timings; admission tickets are purchased separately.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Ravenna Full Day Private Tour of Must-See Sites with Top-Rated Guide

Best of Ravenna Full Day Private Tour of Must-See Sites with Top-Rated Guide

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This is a 5 hours private walking tour that includes all the major monuments and attractions of Ravenna, our professional tour guide will lead you to discover all the beauties of this charming town. Since this is a private tour, we encourage our clients to share their interests and desires in order to personalize the itinerary as much as possible. Being a walking tour will be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
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  • 5 hours
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour
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Ravenna 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

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Explore Ravenna's UNESCO World Heritage sites, dating from the Byzantine and Roman empires, on this private walking tour. With a dedicated guide, you'll enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Entrance tickets to all sites included.
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  • 3 hours
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Ravenna Mosaics & Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

Ravenna Mosaics & Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

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Take a tour of Ravenna, known as the “city of mosaics” for the colorful tile artwork adorning many of its central buildings—some of which is more than 1,500 years old. The tour begins at Piazza del Popolo, the main square in the center of the city, and continues on to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. You’ll also see Dante’s tomb, the Baptistry of Neon, and more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Ravenna: private full-day tour with mosaics admission
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Ravenna: private full-day tour with mosaics admission

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Spend a full day getting to know the remarkable town of Ravenna. With five stunning Mosaic sights and an astounding 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Ravenna is a delight for the senses. Learn about the city’s Byzantine architecture from your guide as you explore historically significant landmarks. Break for lunch (own expense), and free time to explore and then reconvene in the afternoon. All museum admission fees are included with the tour.
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  • 5 hours
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Ravenna, the most beautiful mosaics in the city of Paradise

Ravenna, the most beautiful mosaics in the city of Paradise

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The guides of Il Papavero are able to adapt the tour to every need and type of clientele, always creating a pleasant atmosphere and without weighing down the historical-artistic explanations. The skills and sympathy come together to create an unforgettable tour ... in the folds of the Paradise of Dante's memory.
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  • 3 hours
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Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

Mosaics Guided Tour and Cooking Lesson at a Restaurant

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See sparkling Byzantine mosaics before learning some secrets of Italian cooking with this mosaics tour and cooking class in Ravenna. Join a knowledgeable guide for a visit to two Ravenna monuments with UNESCO-recognized mosaics. Experience a lesson in cooking some local specialties, including a flatbread called 'piadina.'
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Highlights of Ravenna Half-day Tour of Major Sites with Top-Rated Guide

Highlights of Ravenna Half-day Tour of Major Sites with Top-Rated Guide

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Take in the highlights of Ravenna in just hours without the hassle of following a map and guidebook with this walking tour through the historic center. Admire the UNESCO-listed Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, Basilica of San Vitale, and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; stop at Dante’s tomb; and stroll through the city’s lanes to sample local specialties like piadina flatbread and traditional cheeses.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Wonderful Ravenna, visit 3 UNESCO sites with a local guide on a private tour

Wonderful Ravenna, visit 3 UNESCO sites with a local guide on a private tour

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During this Private Tour Silvia will make you discover the extraordinary history of the most important UNESCO sites in the city of Ravenna, from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the Byzantine rule. Ravenna in the space of only 200 years was nominated capital three times and today its perfectly preserved mosaics leave us breathless, taking us back to the ancient glories of a bygone era. During this visit, immersed in the evocative half-light, you will have the opportunity to observe the majesty of the mosaics in a completely unique and special atmosphere outside of satiety and time.
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  • 2 hours
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Ravenna in half a day

Ravenna in half a day

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Recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status, Ravenna's mosaics and architecture dazzle. But knowing who's who in the artworks and parsing the complex mix of peoples and cultures during the Byzantine era isn't easy. Skip the research and see the sights in all their glory on this walking tour with a private guide—tickets at your own expense. Learn about Justinian, Theodoric, Theodora, Dante, and more as you soak up the sights.
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  • 3 hours
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Best of RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Best of RAVENNA on a Private Tour

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Discover the best of Ravenna on a private tour, and get an in-depth look at the history behind the city’s Byzantine mosaics. As you walk with just your personal group, you’ll explore the city’s early Christian monuments and the hear the stories behind them. Just note that entry fees to the monuments are not included.
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  • 3 hours
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Ravenna: Byzantine Mosaics & food tasting tour
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Ravenna: Byzantine Mosaics & food tasting tour

We provide tours with the best local certified guides, our guides had to pass a severe exam abouth the history of the city to obtain this grade level. The experience we provide is unique and will make the difference for bringing back a great memory of this amazing city. We can arrange the tour in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages please ask us your needs.
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  • 3 hours
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At lunch with TEODORA

At lunch with TEODORA

You will see Teodora in San Vitale and have lunch at Teodora's table in an exclusive restaurant in the center of Ravenna. You can enjoy traditional Romanesque-Byzantine food in a restaurant museum
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  • 1 hour 10 minutes
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Ravenna walking tour: stunning byzantine mosaics (Unesco)

Ravenna walking tour: stunning byzantine mosaics (Unesco)

The guided tour of Ravenna will start from the church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo of the VI century realized by the Theodoric King of Arian religion. The second stage will be the Dante area also called the "zone of silence" dedicated to the cult and memory of Dante Alighieri. The tour continues towards the Neonian Baptistery. After the baptistery it will be the turn of Palazzo Rasponi from the heads of the Ravenna family of "Rasponi". The tour concludes with the wonderful Basilica of San Vitale of the 6th century, testimony of the Roman-Byzantine empire reunified after the Aryan period. With an octagonal central plan, the church still preserves the splendid scenes of the Old Testament and the famous panels of the imperial couple Justinian and Theodora of the Eastern Roman Empire. Next to the Basilica of San Vitale we will visit the Mausoleum of the Roman Empress Galla Placidia of the 5th century, rich in unique mosaic decorations.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Guided Tour with Native guide of Top Sites & Ancient Mosaics of Ravenna

Private Guided Tour with Native guide of Top Sites & Ancient Mosaics of Ravenna

As the capital city of the region of the same name in Emilia-Romagna, Northern Italy, Ravenna is well known for its colorful mosaics, stunning basilica churches and remarkable chapels. Join us on this private tour led by a local expert and English-speaking professional guide to experience the wonder of the awe-inspiring city. Total duration: 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Experiences in Ravenna: a multi sensorial experience in a historical city

Experiences in Ravenna: a multi sensorial experience in a historical city

You will live a unique experience with an excellent private guide who is an artist as well as a journalist, with lunch included.
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

The best of BOLOGNA and RAVENNA on a Private Tour

Thanks to this FULL DAY tour you'll have the chance to discover the stunning wonders of this land: Bologna and Ravenna. Both cities were protagonists in the historic panorama of this part of Italy. The presence of the University, the oldest in the Western world, has made BOLOGNA a cultural center of extraordinary importance. We'll visit the most evocative monuments and places in the city center. RAVENNA, a Unesco site known worldwide because of its early Christian era mosaics, gives you the opportunity to see preserved monuments from the 5th and 6th century. We will meet in Bologna in the morning and we will visit the city center highlights. Then together we'll catch the train to Ravenna. * I would be happy to customize this tour so that it fits your requirements best!
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Full Day Ravenna & Bologna Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

Full Day Ravenna & Bologna Tour of Must-See Sites with Native Top-Rated Guide

Take a journey in this culturally rich, deeply historic and well-preserved towns, with our exclusive walking tour for a unique and unforgettable experience. You will see the highlights of Ravenna, with its mosaics, and Bologna just in one day with a top rated & local guide. The tour will start in Ravenna where you will spend about 3 hours, then you will travel by train or your own car to Bologna where the guide will led another 3 hours tour.
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  • 6 hours
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A full-day in Ravenna

A full-day in Ravenna

Come to Ravenna! If you have never been in Ravenna, I suggest a full-day guided tour for a complete visit of this beautiful town! My town! 6 hours tour and lunch break which includes UNESCO monuments situated in the city centre. A walking tour in the magic atmosphere of Ravenna, mosaic of art and culture that cherishes ancient World Heritage Treasures. Ravenna is a friendly and hospitable city close to the sea and also to natural landscapes.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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City Explorer: Ravenna Private Day Trip
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City Explorer: Ravenna Private Day Trip

Cities are like snowflakes: every one of them is unique, even if they are from the same country. If you are in Bologna and want to discover other cities nearby, the locals recommend going to Ravenna! In just one day, you’ll visit Ravenna where you can check out its renowned highlights such as Dante's Tomb, Basilica of San Vitale, and Piazza del Popolo from a local perspective. Thanks to your local guide, you’ll get a better understanding of the history, culture, and traditions of Ravenna. Give yourself the gift of seeing more of Italy and its cultural gems that have plenty of stories to tell. Withlocals Neighboring City Private Day Trip™ is one of Withlocals' signature tours available in major cities worldwide. We work with passionate local guides who earn a fair fee. We support local economies by only offering local products and prevent over-tourism with only small non-intrusive groups. Our tours are carbon-neutral and away from the standard tourist routes.
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  • 7 hours
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A walk though the Oriental gate

A walk though the Oriental gate

Unique experience with an exceptional guide capable of transmitting his passion for his city. You will have a glimpse of life lived in history
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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Basilica of San Vitale (Basilica di San Vitale) hours of operation: Daily Nov–Mar 9am–5.30pm; Apr–Oct 9am–7pm . Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.