Tessere di Mosaico - Guided Tour

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The eternal beauty of the mosaics guarded inside some of the most famous Ravenna Unesco monuments is the heart of this guided tour. The itinerary starts in Piazza San Francesco and continues through the streets of the city centre, until arriving at the Basilica of S. Apollinare Nuovo, then at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, at in the end, the Basilica of S. Vitale. Bilingual Italian-English guided tours are available.

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“The site is of outstanding universal value being of remarkable significance by virtue of the supreme artistry of the mosaic art that the monuments contain, and also because of the crucial evidence that they provide of artistic and religious relationships and contacts at an important period of European cultural history.” In this way the UNESCO World Heritage motivated why eight monuments of Ravenna had been added to the World Heritage List.

On this tour you would have the change to visit three of these precious jewels with an expert local guide that will take care of you.

 - Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo: originally a palatine Church of Arian religion, today gives us the chage to document the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the era of Theoderic to that of Justinian. In the interior the 26 Christological scenes are one of the biggest monumental cycles of the New Testament of all times.

 - Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of the Early Christian art. Inside the eyes are drawn up to the mosaic decorations and you also will enjoy they extraordinary representation of the Byzantine imperial couple, Justinian and Theodora.

 - Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: built halfway through the 5th century by Galla Placidia, the sister of Emperor Honorius, it was never used by the Empress, that was buried in Rome. Inside you will be amazed by the countless mosaic stars of the dome, that have inspired the jazz player Cole Porter the song Night and Day:

    "Night and day, day and night, why is it so
    That this longing for you follows wherever I go?
    In the roaring traffic's boom
    In the silence of my lonely room"


Meeting point:

   Piazza San Francesco 7, Ravenna

   Please arrive 15 minutes before the starting time


   2 hours and a half

Included in the price:

   Expert local guide

NOT Included:

   Inclusive Ticket of the Diocesi of Ravenna

To visit the interior of the monuments included in the tour it is necessary to buy also the Inclusive Ticket of the Diocesi of Ravenna, that included 5 UNESCO Monuments. You will visit 3 of these monuments during our tour, the other two (Capella Sant'Andrea and Battistero Neoniano) on your own.



  1. Piazza S. Francesco
  2. Basilica S. Apollinare Nuovo
  3. Basilica S. Vitale
  4. Galla Placidia Mausoleum