Travel Blogs from Cervia
... 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 ...
... of my kidnappers are attached to this entry. All night I kept waking up in a panic thinking someone was banging down my door. Turns out I'm still here, and hours away from where that happened. I'm hoping they were just some weirdos trying to annoy tourists or something, but Sydney and I were so freaked out yesterday!
That little fiasco didn't ruin the day though, it was filled with laughter, adventure, and Italy!!!
... spent a pleasant couple of hours wandering along the fortifications and through the town looking at the sights, and even stumbled upon the changing of the guard at what I suspect is the seat of power in the Serene Republic. I'll try and attach video evidence of what could well rival the same event at Buckingham Palace! Having been absent from Italy for so long we felt the need to return, so took the road ...
... 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 ...
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