Uncover Ravenna's glittering past with
experts Rowena Loverance or Dr Sally
Dormer. In 401AD, 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
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Fly from London to Bologna with British
Airways. Transfer to Ravenna and stay at the NH
Ravenna Hotel for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to
Sant’Apollinare in Classe, dedicated to the first
bishop of Ravenna and consecrated in 549AD. (D)
Visit the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, which
contains fine Early Christian vault mosaics.
Continue to the basilica of San Vitale,
consecrated in 547AD by Bishop Maximian and
one of the most significant Byzantine centrally
planned churches to survive. Afternoon visit to
the Residenza dei Vescovo to view masterpieces
from the Museo Arcivescovile. Continue to the
archiepiscopal chapel to see the sixth-century
mosaics inside. (B)
Morning visit to the octagonal Orthodox baptistry.
Visit the 18th-century cathedral, which contains
important Early Christian sarcophagi and a sixthcentury
marble pulpit. Continue to the late fifthcentury
octagonal Arian Baptistry, which contains
mosaics of Christ’s baptism and a procession
of apostles. Afternoon visit to the Basilica of
Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, built by Theodoric, king of
the Ostrogoths, as a palatine church. (B)
Morning visit to the Mausoleum of Theodoric.
This unique 10-sided mausoleum was built
from huge blocks of ashlar masonry on the
outskirts of Ravenna. In the afternoon, there
is a special visit to San Pietro in Silvis. Dating
from the seventh century, it provides useful
comparisons with the churches in Ravenna.
Lunch at Bagnacavallo, before continuing to
Bologna airport. Fly to London with British
Airways. (B, L)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local guide.
Based in 3- and 4-star
This tour involves some long
walks and therefore requires a good level
Rowena Loverance is a
Byzantine art historian,
specialising in sculpture,
mosaics and icons. She
worked for more than
20 years at the British
Museum and is a visiting
research fellow at King’s College, London.
Dr Sally Dormer is a
freelance art historian and
lecturer. She read history at
the University of Durham,
before gaining an MA in
medieval art and a PhD
at the Courtauld. She is
a course tutor and lecturer at the V&A and
lectures for the Art Fund and Nadfas.
The NH Ravenna Hotel is situated close to the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in the centre of Ravenna. All 84 rooms are designed in a contemporary style with modern facilities. There is a restaurant that serves a combination of regional and national Italian cuisine. The restaurant is open for breakfast daily and dinner on Monday to Thursday only.
Features: 84 rooms, restaurant, bar.
Room amenities: free Wi-Fi, minibar, satellite television, air conditioning, heating, safety deposit...
Dr Sally Dormer is a freelance art historian and lecturer. She read history at the University of Durham, before gaining an MA in medieval art and a PhD at the Courtauld. She is a course tutor and lecturer at the V&A and lectures for the Art Fund and Nadfas.
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IMA2016: 3 Nights
The historical knowledge that Professor Robin Cormac, our UK guide, shared with us brought Ravenna alive.Mrs Josephine Rednall