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Cox and Kings Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

Cox and Kings Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

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Uncover Ravenna’s glittering past with experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally Dormer. In 402AD, the city became the capital of the western Roman empire and mosaic-decorated churches were built. Ravenna flourished during the early sixth century under the Ostrogoths, who commissioned further splendid monuments. In 540AD it became the main outpost of the Byzantine empire in western Europe, experiencing another lavish period of patronage, and the Lombards assumed control in 751AD. Decline was inevitable, but vital in ensuring the survival of Ravenna’s illustrious past.

– International flights
– UK departure and overseas airport tax
– Selected meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
– Local transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
– Fully escorted by English speaking guide
– Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

– Visit the Church of San Pietro in Silvis, the oldest in the Ravenna area
– See the marble and mosaic decorations at the Church of San Vitale
– Explore the unique mausoleum of Theodoric the Great
– Discover how mosaics are still made in Ravenna

Day 1: Fly to Bologna – Ravenna

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bologna. From here transfer to Ravenna. Visit Sant’Apollinare in Classe, an early Christian basilical church. Stay at the historic Palazzo Bezzi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights.

Day 2: Ravenna

Visit the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, while contains early Christian vault mosaics. After, continue to San Vitale, one of the most significant surviving Byzantine churches. Travel to the Residenza dei Vescovi to view masterpieces from the Museo Arcivescovile. Finally, stop by a modern mosaic studio (subject to confirmation).

Day 3: Ravenna

Visit Theodoric’s Palace and the Orthodox baptistery.

Continue to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, built by Ostrogoth king Theodoric; the fifth-century Arian baptistery, with its mosaic of Christ’s baptism; Dante’s tomb and the basilica of San Francesco. Visit the city art museum to admire contemporary mosaics. Continue to the palace of Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra to see its marble inlays and mosaics.
(Breakfast and dinner)

Day 4: Ravenna – Fly to London

Visit the unique, 10-sided Mausoleum of Theodoric, built from huge blocks of ashlar masonry on the outskirts of Ravenna. Drive to San Pietro in Silvis, which dates from the seventh century and provides useful comparisons with Ravenna’s churches. Transfer to Bologna for your flight home
(Breakfast and lunch)

Hotel Palazzo Bezzi, Ravenna

This elegant converted palace in the historic centre of Ravenna is located in a quiet street, but close to the shops and restaurants of the atmospheric town. It is also only a 10-minute walk from Ravenna train station and 0.6 miles from the Basilica of San Vitale. Guestrooms are stylishly decorated in contemporary colours.

Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don’t include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment’s notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.

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