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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 2 days 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

Thank valueaddedCanada
Reviewed 6 days 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.

Thank wanderlist
Reviewed 1 week 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

Thank michaelmartman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank filopella
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank James H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank JulieJ8
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank buttercup1211
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in Ravenna for several days (visiting a friend who is from there) and this was the best and most memorable thing that we saw. Just an incredible space. My wife pointed out that as people were coming in you could see their mouths...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We brought the multi ticket to visit all five of the related mosaic attractions for $10.50 euro. What an excellent deal! It includes a map as the sights are located all around the old city. The mosaics are fabulous. Each attraction had numerous small signs...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Wow!!! Can I give 6 stars?? This was the most amazing mosaic tile work I have ever seen. It was truly breathtaking and not crowded so you could take your time seeing things. I wish I brought binoculars so I could see the upper areas...More

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Response from virginac | Reviewed this property |
Yes— a wonderful experience!
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James J
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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
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