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Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

Group Tour | Arts & culture 4 Days & 3 Nights Lead-in price: £0 Current prices from: £0
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.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Visit the Church of San Pietro in Silvis, the oldest in the Ravenna area
  • See the variety of different marble and mosaic decoration at the church of San Vitale
  • Explore the unique 10-sided mausoleum of Theodoric the Great, king of the Ostrogoths
  • Discover how mosaics are made in a contemporary studio
  • See the work of Ravenna’s modern mosaicists in a city that remains at the centre of mosaic art
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Bologna • Ravenna

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Bologna with British Airways. Transfer to Ravenna and stay at the historic Palazzo Bezzi Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. Afternoon visit to Sant’Apollinare in Classe, which demonstrates the form and function of early Christian basilical churches. (D)

Day 2: Ravenna

Visit the so-called mausoleum of Galla Placidia, which contains fine Early Christian vault mosaics. Continue to San Vitale, one of the most significant centrally planned Byzantine churches to survive. Afternoon visit to the Residenza dei Vescovi to view masterpieces from the Museo Arcivescovile, the archiepiscopal chapel and Ravenna’s 18th-century cathedral. Visit a modern mosaic studio to see mosaics being created (subject to confirmation). (B)

Day 3: Ravenna

Visit Theodoric’s Palace and the octagonal Orthodox baptistery. Continue to the basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, built by Theodoric, king of the Ostrogoths, as a palatine church; the late fifth-century octagonal Arian baptistery, with a mosaic of Christ’s baptism; Dante’s tomb and the basilica of San Francesco. Visit the city art museum to see a display of contemporary mosaics. Continue to Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra. Only discovered in 1993, this Byzantine palace contains marble inlays and mosaics. (B, D)

Day 4: Ravenna • Fly to London

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. Drive to San Pietro in Silvis, which dates from the seventh century and provides useful comparisons with the churches in Ravenna. Lunch at Bagnacavallo, before continuing to Bologna. Fly to London. (B, L)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information Superior tour

This tour is based in 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £265pp.

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Expert-led tour

This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local guide where necessary.

Accessibility

This tour involves some long walks over uneven ground and therefore requires a good level of fitness.

Private visits

Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Also, churches, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Expert lecturers Rowena Loverance

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

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 Institute of Art. She is a course tutor and lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and also lectures for the Art Fund and the Arts Society.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Palazzo Bezzi
    Palazzo Bezzi

    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.Features: 32 rooms, spa, gym, lobby lounge, courtyard garden, buffet breakfast, bar, room service.<br>Room amenities: Safe, minibar, air conditioning, television, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices

IMA2020

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
12 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020 £1,295 £0 £265 Tour Cancelled
19 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020 £1,375 £0 £265 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

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