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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.
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.
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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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