• Visit the magnificent Basilica of San Vitale, where Byzantine mosaics of the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora shimmer with gold
• Bask in the beauty of the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo, whose twin mosaics display a procession of martyrs and virgins, saints and angels
• Soak up the city’s festive atmosphere and enjoy a celebratory New Year’s Day meal – all surrounded by stunning late Roman and Byzantine architecture
Andrew Wilson , BA, BD, FSASCOT
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart Heathrow 0835 on British Airways, arriving Bologna 1145. Transfer to Ravenna for four nights at Hotel Bisanzio.
New Year’s Eve Morning lecture: An Introduction to the Historic City of Ravenna, followed by visits including Basilica of San Vitale (famous mosaics of Justinian and Theodora), 5th century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (exceptional late antiquity mosaics), National Museum of Ravenna (archaeological objects from early Christian and Byzantine periods), cathedral, Neonian Baptistery (outstanding early Christian mosaics), Arian Baptistery (built by Theodoric), Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo (splendid frieze of martyrs). Celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner.
New Year’s Day Morning lecture: The Materials, Techniques and Aesthetics of Historic Mosaics, followed by visits including Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, 7th century Domus of the Stone Carpets (beautiful floor mosaics), San Nicolo complex for exhibition on mosaic art, and some free time.
Morning: excursion to 11th century Abbey of Pomposa (interior repainted in 14th century by Vitale de Bologna). Afternoon: Mausoleum of Theodoric and ancient port of Classe: Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare (gold and turquoise mosaics).
Transfer to Bologna for 1235 departure, arriving Heathrow 1400.
30 Dec — 3 Jan 2018
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Cost of £1495 includes:
return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £145, single room supplement £95