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Travel Blogs from Cesenatico
... so crowded the driver did not take any fares!He had more English than we had Italian, but we did learn that Italy had a referendum and will not have nuclear power!
The mosaics in the churches in Ravenna are certainly magnificent! The photos should speak for themselves.
I must say the marble inlays, colours and patterns in the floors are really wonderful. It is easy to forget to admire what ...
... some people riding horses tied them up and ate lunch here, it was like an adventurer magnet. After lunch we continued up the mountain by car, and then hiked up a cliff to the Fortress of San Leo. Of the castles I've seen since I've been here, this was by far the coolest and by far the most disturbing. For much of its existence it has been used as a prison, so there were prison cells everywhere, hanging cages, and there was even ...
... city of Ravenna. Ravenna is a beautiful old Roman city with the most amazing ancient mosaics - I'll let the photos try and explain for themselves. By now we were about 2.5 hours from home so decided we'd best set the FIAT facing south and brave the autostrada at 130kmh. And here we are safe and sound back at Bellaugello with the sun sinking slowly over the beautiful green countryside on a very pleasant ...
Another lovely sunny day! We set out to see the remaining 3 places with early mosaics but were distracted on the way by a market in a piazza. Our first stop was the Arian Baptistry - very similar to the Neonian Baptistry we went to yesterday but built by the heretic Arian sect a few years later. Whilst the skill of the mosaics was fine, the figures were a little crude and simple in comparison. Next was the church ...
Fortified by a yummy breakfast we set out to visit 5 places with outstanding mosaics - all dating from the 4th to 6th centuries AD. They are mostly UNESCO World Heritage sites and it is incredible that they have survived. The first was the Basilica di San Vitale which was built 15 years before Hagia Sofia in Istanbul and was a model for it. It really set the standard for all the mosaics we saw today - spectacular in the Byzantine style of stylised figures and symbolic motifs. Next ...
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