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Antico Porto di Classe

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Antico Porto di Classe

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Via Marabina 7, 48124, Ravenna Italy
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Take in the highlights of Ravenna in just hours without the hassle of following a map and guidebook with this walking tour through the historic center. Admire the UNESCO-listed Byzantine mosaics in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare, Basilica of San Vitale, and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia; stop at Dante’s tomb; and stroll through the city’s lanes to sample local specialties like piadina flatbread and traditional cheeses.
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divermario wrote a review Aug 2019
Rome, Italy124 contributions41 helpful votes
Ravenna (& Classe, a bunch of miles from it) was the place of a huge roman port, hosting one of the 3 imperial fleets in ancient times. This is not the place of the Roman navy (this is buried somewhere in Ravenna, near the city hospital). But the place of a small commercial port placed by the side of one of the navy's port access channels. Still, a nice place to visit in a summer afternoon, if you have the opportunity to join a tour with an archeologist guide, otherwise it's difficult to catch the "smell of the place". Conveniently near the Sant'Apollinare in Classe basilica...
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Leon M wrote a review Oct 2018
Biloxi, Mississippi70 contributions82 helpful votes
Guided tours in English were not available when we visited, so we opted to do it on our own. I'm interested in Roman history and construction techniques, so this was a must-see for me. If that's not your thing, you can skip it without a sense of having missed much. What you get is a bunch of remnants of walls, floors, wells, etc, with good explanatory signage in Italian and English. The audio-visual presentation mentioned by other reviewers was not working when we visited. As far as I know there is no audio guide option. There is an innovative use of transparent boards with graphics representing the buildings that you are supposed to be able to super-impose on the remaining wall fragments, but I was having trouble making these line up. (Looks like a great opportunity for a scale model in the visitor center.) Walking around the site, on raised platforms, was easy. There were a few other visitors when we were there (shortly after opening time), including one family with kids. Not sure what the 6-year old got out of it except a pleasant day out with his parents. I would definitely pay for the guided tour if it is available. From the reviews below, I would say that easily would have added a star.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Ellen R wrote a review Jun 2018
Jerusalem34 contributions9 helpful votes
I see other reviews of Anitco Porto that are positive. They seem to be with a guide. I went without a guide. Was given the option of seeing the audio-visual in Italian or in English, was warned that the English version is very loud. Yes, it was loud but it was also impossible to understand. I caught only a few words here and there and after about 10 minutes left before the end -- the audio-visual was a waste of time. I had seen photos of the site prior to my visit. The photos looked boring. But since I was in the area, visiting the wonderful church, I decided to go to the port. I walked the 2.2 km because I was unable to figure out which bus would take me there. See a different review that explains - buy three tickets and use the #4 bus. That information is worthwhile. I had two #4 bus trips (Ravenna to church in Classe and port in Classe to Ravenna). I bought the tickets on the bus, 2 Euro each trip. The remains of the excavation were uninteresting. I walked the entire site, read all the signs, but it was a waste of time. Again, maybe with a guide the visit is good, but without one it's a disaster.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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lesshephard wrote a review Sep 2017
Urbino, Italy1 contribution
We spent an entire morning at the Porto di Classe and could have spent the entire day. Our guide was a lead archaeologist (Paolo Martinelli) for the excavation and helped to re-create the personal experience of discovery and a trip back in time that traversed more than 2000 years from the initial founding of this area in ~ 500 BC through the development of a military port and subsequently a major commercial center of all of northern Italy with goods coming into the Port from all of the Mediterranean as well as across all of northern Italy by boat. It is a compelling story that subsequently connects to the ongoing changes in Ravenna and its rise as the major city in the Roman Empire. The development of Classe was easy to imagine based on Paolo's description and the structures that have been excavated. A church is now being excavated with profound floor mosaics that ill be open in the next year. Further, they are constructing a museum for the various artifacts from Classe that will also open next year. Porto de Classe was terrific - educational, historical, "fun" and very well organized. Don't miss it!
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Donna D S wrote a review May 2017
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Most excellent adventure! It's only been open for a few years, and is an active archeological site, there were people digging through an area of the site while we were there. The interpretative display at the beginning was helpful at setting the stage, and we'd already seen most of the UNESCO sites in Ravenna, as well as the Museo Nazionale, so had an idea of what we could expect. Well worth the #4 bus trip from Ravenna!
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Date of experience: May 2017
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