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Travel Blogs from Ravenna
Tuesday 27 May
Back in a port today, at Ravenna, Italy, as the cruise draws to a close.I seem to have a virus, so the day at sea yesterday was a very quiet one.It would have been easy to go nowhere today really, but battled on. One man said I could not possibly be so close to Ravenna and not go to see the mosaics. He would not allow it!
(This would be a city for Ross-bikes everywhere, and part ...
... Apollinare Nuovo which had mosaics all the way along the nave in three levels. Again, very fine and fascinating with the upper (and oldest) level depicting 26 scenes from the life of Christ. The most striking are those in the lowest level - a line of 23 virgins on the left side and 23 martyrs on the right. We caught a bus out to the village of Classe, which was a major port in Roman times, to see the ...
... adjacent Mausoleum of Galla Placidia - a woman who had an eventful life, a step sister of a Roman emperor kidnapped and married to an Ostrogoth king who was assassinated so she was then forced to marry a Roman senator and had a son who became emperor! We then went to a recently excavated Roman villa with mosaic floors from the 4th and 6th centuries AD with more pagan than religious images. After lunch we went to the Neonian Baptistry - a small octagonal building with ...
... spectacular, as are those in the Basilica of San Vitale (UNESCO heritage listed) and the Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo which we also visited. Before being left on our own to explore the old town, we stopped by Dante's tomb - he's actually buried here.
Ravenna is a university town (didn't visit this one) and obviously a wealthy town. The historical centre is car free and full of bicycles.
Tried the ...
A bustling resort on the Italian Riviera
Location: On Italy's east coast.
Sites to visit: The Augustus Arch, Domus of the Surgeon
Gastronomy: Tagliatelle, "Piadina" a thin and very tasty sort of bread
Cities near: Ravenna, Ancona, ...
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking