• 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
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Flight from London Heathrow to Bologna. Transfer to Ravenna for four nights at Hotel Bisanzio. Welcome and introduction.
Morning talk: The Church Architecture of 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, Archiepiscopal Museum and Neonian Baptistery (outstanding early Christian mosaics).
Morning talk: Church Mosaics of Ravenna followed by visits including Arian Baptistery (built by Theodoric), Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (splendid frieze of martyrs), 7th century Domus of the Stone Carpets (beautiful floor mosaics), return visit to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.
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 visit to the new museum.
Flight from Bologna to London Heathrow.
13 Sep — 17 Sep 2021
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FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Please note this tour is conducted primarily on foot from the hotel. While coffee breaks will be provided at suitable intervals, the majority of visits are an hour long with few opportunities to sit down, and should therefore be comfortable walking and standing for a minimum of 60 minutes.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.
Cost of £1295 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 £145.