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Ravenna: Mosaics & Marble

Group Tour | Arts & Culture 4 Days & 3 Nights Lead-in price: £1295

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. This afternoon, visit 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 surviving Byzantine churches. Travel to the Residenza dei Vescovi to view masterpieces from the Museo Arcivescovile, the archiepiscopal chapel and Ravenna’s 18th-century cathedral. Finally, stop by a modern mosaic studio (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 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 Byzantine palace of Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra to see its marble inlays and mosaics. (B, D)

Day 4: Ravenna - Fly to London

This morning, visit 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.


Please enquire for prices to extend your stay in Ravenna or Bologna.


Arts & Culture tours: A collection of expertaccompanied tours focusing on creativity in its many forms. No prior knowledge of the subject matter is required.

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.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • Hotel Palazzo Bezzi
    Hotel 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.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
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17 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022 £1,295 £0 £285 Yes Reserve

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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

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Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

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

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