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Culture of Ravenna. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Ravenna, Italy Among sites and landmarks of the city of Ravenna tourists will discover ancient religious buildings and constructions, majestic palaces, museums and scenic park areas aged more than several hundred years. The most remarkable object of tourist interest is the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe. The landmark is located near the city center. The first church was found on this place in the 6th century, however in course of time its appearance has been sufficiently changed. The Basilica has been extended and added to its present scale. Today city guests can observe a beautiful bell tower of the 9th century and a harmonic portico which was built in the 16th century.
This city is rich in historical and architectural complexes, which traditionally attract tourists from all over the world. Here you will see old churches and tombs that have survived from … Open
The main relic of the basilica is an ancient altar. The territory of the basilica keeps several tombs of saints. The Basilica di San Vitale is another remarkable landmark of the destination as well. It is located near a railway station. This beautiful monument of the Byzantine epoch has been preserved in good condition till present days. The basilica was established in the first half of the 6th century, the construction of the religious building lasted for 20 years.
The basilica is noted for its luxurious internal decoration, its walls are designed with subtle mosaic sets and marble inlays. The Ostrogoth’s tomb constructions are part of the historical heritage of the city too. The Mausoleo di Teodorico is a unique building, which is mainly built of limestone blocks. Copyright
Ravenna offers its guest a vast selection of excellent restaurants of ethnic cuisine. Visitors will find there a great variety of the most popular Romanic dishes, one of the main ethnic … Open
The Mausoleo di Teodorico is among the sights of the global significance attracting annually thousands of tourists to the destination. The Palazzo di Teodorico is one of the most remarkable architectural sights of the city of Ravenna. No one still knows for sure a true purpose of this building. According to several versions the building of the palace was built on a place of a chapel. Another version is that the palace was previously used as a fortifying construction. According to the third version the palace was home to warders.
Basilica di San Vitale An exact date of palace establishment is still unknown, admittedly it was built in the middle of the 8th century. The palace features original architectural style, its front side is decorated with refined arches and columns, eaves and loggias. The Battistero degli Ariani is a recommended site to include into a schedule of Ravenna vacation. This beautiful octagonal building was made of burnt bricks. The building looks amazing being embraced with a garden of ancient trees. The main elements of its interior decoration are magnificent ornaments and ancient mosaics covering its walls.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Ravenna and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

City tours, excursions and tickets in Ravenna and surroundings

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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Ravenna
♥   Palace 'Palazzo dei Diamanti' Ferrara, 65.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Palazzo Ducale' Urbino, 84.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in Ravenna and around
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Civica di Forlì' Forlì, 25.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Malatestiana Library' Cesena, 31.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Pinacoteca Comunale di Cesena' Cesena, 31.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near Ravenna
♥   Basilica di S. Vitale, Ravenna, 0.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Maria in Porto, Ravenna, 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, 4.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Pietro, Cervia, 21 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica della Madonna del Molino, Lugo, 24.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica di S. Mercuriale, Forlì, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cattedrale di S. Croce, Forlì, 25.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Unique spots in Ravenna and near

Italia in Miniature

From the series “Famous Miniature Museums of Architectural Objects and Cities”
One of the most complex and beautiful is the model of St. Peter's Cathedral, over the creation of which six masters worked for 200 days. Four masters worked on the layout of the Tower of Pisa, it took them 6 months to create it. Some of the presented layouts are interactive, which makes an excursion even more interesting. On the territory of the park were laid mini-railways, and incredibly beautiful bonsai trees complement the landscape. … Read further

Two Towers of Bologna

From the series “Falling towers and buildings”
Torre Degli Asinelli tower was built in the first half of the 12th century. Its height is 97 meters. It originally belonged to one of the city's noble families. The tower was used as an important defensive structure during the Middle Ages. The tower's deviation from the vertical axis is currently 2.1 meters. The tower is still accessible to the public despite the huge roll. An excellent observation deck is located on top of it. It is necessary to overcome a ladder of 498 steps to climb it. … Read further
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Ravenna

Culture guide to Ravenna. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Ravenna: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Ravenna. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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