Ravenna: what to see in one day, mausoleum afloat placidia

What to see in Ravenna, brief history, monuments and churches to visit in the city of Emilia Romagna mindful of a bright past passed down through the remarkable artistic heritage.

Guide Ravenna

Ravenna, capital of the province in the Emilia-Romagna region, through its urban branches extending to the Adriatic Sea where the port of Ravenna. The land where the city was torn during the centuries the marshes, which extended from Ravenna to the Po, which flowed further south than the present course. In antiquity, in fact, the city was surrounded by water and was accessible only by sea.

The importance acquired at the time when Ravenna was three times the capital of the Roman Empire, of Theodoric king of the Goths and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe, has left us a legacy of magnificent monuments, including eight were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has turned the city into a stunning showcase of Byzantine art, an important destination for cultural tourism.

What to see in Ravenna in a day

Precious mosaics dating from the fifth and sixth centuries are preserved in the old town, rich in precious Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, medieval and Venetian. The elegant and refined examples of early Christian and Byzantine religious buildings declared by UNESCO World Heritage Site are the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the Neonian, the Arian Baptistery, the Archbishop’s Chapel, the Basilica of St. Apollinaris Again, the Basilica of St. Apollinaris in Classe, the Basilica of San Vitale. In Ravenna is also the tomb of Dante Alighieri, who found asylum in this city.