• The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world
• Stand opposite Ravenna’s earliest mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, including an intense portrayal of the martyrdom of St Lawrence
• The ancient port of Classe, founded by Augustus, awes us with its immense Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, shimmering with gold and turquoise
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 0910 on British Airways, arriving Bologna 1225. Transfer to Ravenna for four nights at Hotel Bisanzio. Welcome and evening talk: The Church Architecture of Ravenna.
Morning talk: Dante in Ravenna followed by 5th century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (exceptional late antiquity mosaics), Basilica of San Vitale (famous mosaics of Justinian and Theodora), National Museum of Ravenna (archaeological objects from early Christian and Byzantine periods), cathedral, Dante Museum and tomb, Archiepiscopal Museum and Neonian Baptistery (outstanding early Christian mosaics).
Morning talk: Church Mosaics of Ravenna followed by Arian Baptistery (built by Theodoric), Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (splendid frieze of martyrs), 6th century Domus of the Stone Carpets (beautiful floor mosaics), return visits to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Basilica of San Vitale.
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 for Basilica of Sant’Apollinare (gold and turquoise mosaics) and optional visit to the new museum.
Depart Bologna 1245 on British Airways, arriving London Heathrow 1410.
14 Mar — 18 Mar 2022
If you would like to upload your photos to our gallery click here
"Andrew Wilson is an excellent tour guide who tells his group everything they need to know before visits. His wide knowledge is given clearly and gently in a very interesting and witty manner. This tour was very special with his guidance."
ACE customer on a previous Roman & Byzantine Ravenna tour
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Please note this tour is conducted primarily on foot from the hotel. While coffee breaks will take place at suitable intervals, the majority of visits are an hour long with few opportunities to sit down, and pax should therefore be comfortable walking and standing for a minimum of 60 minutes. A good level of fitness is required, and participants must meet ACE’s usual fitness criteria, as found in our Booking Terms & Conditions.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.00
Dante Alighieri, poet and composer of perhaps the most important poetic work of the Middle Ages, The Divine Comedy, spent his final days and died in Ravenna in 1321. This tour will include a special talk on Dante in Ravenna as well as additional visits to the city’s Dante Museum and the poet’s nearby tomb.
Cost of £1345 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £95, double room for single use supplement £150.