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Basilica San Vitale

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History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the...more
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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A visit to Basilica San Vitale is a must when in Ravenna. The mosaics are absolutely breathtaking. I visited during a mid-week morning and had the place to myself which only amplified its beauty. Do buy the combo ticket which grants admission to five UNESCO...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you only have time to see one thing in Ravenna, see this. It is unique in the world, awesome, mind bending. Photos do not do it justice, just go

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank HannahHC2015
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our tour of Northern Italy, we had many chances to add to our list of World Heritage Sites visited. We were headed from San Marino to Venice and would be passing right by Ravenna, presenting us with an irresistible opportunity to add to that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JRAsFishBabe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basilica San Vitale's mosaics are stunning. Tourist can buy one museum pass to see five sites. All of the sites are worth the visit. It is best to see the mosaics with the guide. I booked through Viator for a 3 hour private walking tour...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank valueaddedCanada
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Part and parcel of the entrance fee with the Mausoleo next door, San Vitale is a beautiful mosaic-laden church in spectacular condition. Look up and down! Ceilings and floors are both beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank wanderlist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The mosaics here are certainly amazing. We traveled to Ravenna specifically to see them and were glad we did. The main area where the mosaics are was somewhat crowded when we were there, but it is nothing like being in the massive crowds in Venice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank michaelmartman
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Basilica started under King Teodorico in 526 was never finished, except the main altar - a little gem of its own.Splendid mosaics of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank filopella
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Beautiful mosaics. If you have been to Turkey and other Muslim countries, you have probably seen mosaic work before. But this is different because they depict Christianity and people (you will not see human images elsewhere). If you are in Ravenna, just go, you will...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank James H
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

I have never in my life seen a building like this. The inside mosaic covered walls and ceilings are positively stunning. It’s hard to believe that this small town has so many UNESCO heritage sites. And they are in such a great state of preservation....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank JulieJ8
Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

We were staying in Bologna and took the 1 hour train ride to Ravenna and was it ever worth it. The mosaics are so colourful and beautiful and I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it in my travels. I’m not sure if...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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6 October 2018|
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Response from virginac | Reviewed this property |
Yes— a wonderful experience!
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9 September 2016|
Response from Steveage | Reviewed this property |
It's a 20 minute drive from the cruise port to Basilica San Vitale. So, a cab might be the best. Walking is 2 hours and 40 minutes, not advisable. Public transportation from Marina di Ravenna to San Vitale is probably... More