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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
+39 0544 541688
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Reviewed yesterday

Get the combined ticket for the five locations in the bookshop nearby. Everything has been said about these marvellous mosaics. They speak for themselves.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I just love this monument. I went to Ravenna 3 years ago as a day trip from Florence and vowed to return! I did so a couple weeks ago and visited this monument (and the "Galla Placidia" mausoleum) 3 (yes, three) times during this stay....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Basilica San Vitale is a must see when in Ravenna. It is a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo. The mosaic decorations are extraordinary. This is one of the most important monuments of the Early Christian art.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is easy to see why Ravenna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after visiting these amazing treasures. Within easy walking distance there is so much to see. We joined a tour that left from the Information Centre, which was very informative and interesting.

Thank Katalinlo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Like every reviewer has already said this site is stunning. It is so beautiful it’s almost emotional seeing it in real life - even if you don’t know much about religion. I would suggest either a guide or reading up on the history before you...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ravenna has many buildings of great antiquity but the interior of this one is really something special. It appears almost complete and in amazing condition after 1500 years and the juxtaposition of the Byzantine mosaic with the sixteenth century dome is remarkable. A must see.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mosaics are still so vibrant and amazing from a time so long ago, the artisians who did this work have long passed, however there is still hope with new artisians and schools teaching this forgotten trade trying to preserve these treasured prizes.

Thank Timothy R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This old church is one of the most striking one in Italy, showcasing the Beautiful and delicate Byzantine mosaic work art decorating the interior of the church. The visit will be combined with the mausoleum with single ticket that also includes the baptistery and another...More

Thank Suwatss
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic mosaics above just the altar. Lots of history depicted. I'd read up on them ahead of time unless you're with a guide who can talk about the various scenes.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

San Vitale Basilica in Ravenna is a perfect conserved masterpiece of early Christian and Byzantine art. Located near to Galla Placida is another must see attraction. Be aware of mass times as Basilica is still functioning as main city parish.

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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
James J
13 August 2016|
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At any of the 5 sites (Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, San Vitale, the Mausoleo Di Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano, and the Archiepiscopal Museum) ticket office.
19 May 2016|
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Response from 792burtg | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the hours, but we toured it without a guide. I would add that some stores in Ravenna close at noon and stay closed until 2 or 3. We visited San Vitale in the late morning and went shopping for mosaics... More