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Basilica San Vitale

Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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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 body descends its steps the spirit rises to the Truth. A masterpiece to be admired for its evident beauty and its hidden, precise, evocative theological argument.
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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Reviewed yesterday

So glad I found out about Ravenna, and this church is the second best thing to visit here, and not just for the mosaics.

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were on a guided tour with Silvia Belleti (who I would highly recommend). Once I saw the mosaics I had tears in my eyes as I was very moved by the beauty of the mosaics.

Thank Doug221252
Reviewed 5 days ago

Entering a dank-looking basilica, one is immediately overtaken by the set of mosaics surrounding the alter. Stunning artwork and craftsmanship. Take the time to sit and stare at each scene. I advise bring a set of binoculars to get a closer look at the artwork....More

Thank physicsgeek
Reviewed 6 days ago

San Vitale is one of Ravenna's World Heritage sites with good reason. The brick basilica is an interesting, but hardly stunning from the outside, being a complex of structures from different periods. On the inside, the chief interest lies in the eastern end which is...More

Thank Peter C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Basilica di san vitale is a Unesco protected monument and worth a trip in Ravenna Also visit the nearby Mauloeo Galla Placidia

Thank gltally86
Reviewed 1 week ago

You just stand there staring at the incredible detail and craftsmanship, and are happy that this has been preserved as part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ravenna. Part of our mosaic tour of Ravenna. We started with a list and only actually missed...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had very brief time in Basilica San Vitale last summer, so we returned this year to Ravenna again. The church's architecture is very interesting (octagon shape) with stunning mosaics (I personally have not seen any other Church built same way). Please note more inside...More

Thank Alexander Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

After the Galla Placidia location (which is 50 meters away) this is the one to definitely see. You'll get a crick in your neck, but it will be worth it. Probably should get the group ticket and make a day out of the mosaics, as...More

Thank Eric M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you have read, the exterior of the property is pretty stark and plain, but there is a major surprise as you walk inside. If you have binoculars, it is also a big help. It is important to take a break when you are going...More

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ravenna is renowned for its mosaics and this is the best example. There are 4 other locations worth seeing and one can buy a combined ticket for all 5 for €9.50 which I believe covers a period of 7 consecutive days (though it is easy...More

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James J
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
James J
12 August 2016|
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At any of the 5 sites (Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, San Vitale, the Mausoleo Di Galla Placidia, the Battistero Neoniano, and the Archiepiscopal Museum) ticket office.
18 May 2016|
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Response from 792burtg | Reviewed this property |
I don't remember the hours, but we toured it without a guide. I would add that some stores in Ravenna close at noon and stay closed until 2 or 3. We visited San Vitale in the late morning and went shopping for mosaics... More