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Basilica San Vitale

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History As a symbol of the Archiepiscopal Chancellery of Ravenna, San Vitale is one of the greatest works of late Roman art. Famous for its mosaics commissioned by Archbishop Maximian (546/556 AD), the basilica is a place of contemplation. While the...more
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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Built in the 6th century in a rare octagonal plan, it used to be fully covered in mosaics which now only remain in the presbytery while the rest is still quite nice to see as the main dome is covered in a splendid 18th century...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank thomasozbun
Reviewed 1 week ago

....after Classe and Apollinare Nuovo, as by now, having seen major but fragmented Byzantine mosaics, you will now see the whole thing and it will knock your socks off. However, as a practical tip, try and get a ticket elsewhere - at another, less crowded...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another building stepped in history with beautiful mosaics. As part of the 5 places package to see these buildings are amazing because back in Australia we don’t have the same kinds of buildings with mosaics like these. Seeing theses architectural marvels is just a pleasure....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Brenton-Jolly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Basilica might just bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. Incredibly beautiful and RICH in history. You must go to Ravenna and stop here. You will NOT be disappointed.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Richard H
Reviewed 14 December 2018

Nobody will go to Ravenna without visiting San Vitale, but it's still worth writing about utterly spellbinding it is - not just the mosaics, but the whole interior. And when you consider that the mosaics are over 1500 years old, it simply takes your breath...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Gorgeous10
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

A visit to Basilica San Vitale is a must when in Ravenna. The mosaics are absolutely breathtaking. I visited during a mid-week morning and had the place to myself which only amplified its beauty. Do buy the combo ticket which grants admission to five UNESCO...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

If you only have time to see one thing in Ravenna, see this. It is unique in the world, awesome, mind bending. Photos do not do it justice, just go

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2018

On our tour of Northern Italy, we had many chances to add to our list of World Heritage Sites visited. We were headed from San Marino to Venice and would be passing right by Ravenna, presenting us with an irresistible opportunity to add to that...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JRAsFishBabe
Reviewed 19 November 2018

Basilica San Vitale's mosaics are stunning. Tourist can buy one museum pass to see five sites. All of the sites are worth the visit. It is best to see the mosaics with the guide. I booked through Viator for a 3 hour private walking tour...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank valueaddedCanada
Reviewed 15 November 2018

Part and parcel of the entrance fee with the Mausoleo next door, San Vitale is a beautiful mosaic-laden church in spectacular condition. Look up and down! Ceilings and floors are both beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
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5 October 2018|
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Response from virginac | Reviewed this property |
Yes— a wonderful experience!
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9 September 2016|
Response from Steveage | Reviewed this property |
It's a 20 minute drive from the cruise port to Basilica San Vitale. So, a cab might be the best. Walking is 2 hours and 40 minutes, not advisable. Public transportation from Marina di Ravenna to San Vitale is probably... More