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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An unusual 6th Century church with impressive mosaics that are Roman/Byzantine in style, beautifully lit

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The mosaics are incredible in this beautiful basilica. Make sure to include a visit to San Vitale when visiting Ravenna.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All of the Basillicas in Ravenna are so worth a visit. They are amazing inside, which beliss their appearance outside, but when you get in, it takes your breath away. Get a map from thee TIC and walk around the town, or better still, have...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely the highlight of Ravenna. When you enter you just don’t know whether to admire the mosaics on the floor, or maybe the pictures on the walls, or the ceiling. No photo can show what you can see with your eyes. Really amazing.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely astounding mosaics. A must for travellers to Ravenna This basilica was my favourite and I’m only sorry that my visit was so brief

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really worth of visit. It is incredible how did they build such a basilica at that time with the technology they had.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The photos give you a good idea of what to expect when you enter the Basilica but despite this the beauty of the mosaics still comes as a surprise. They are just extraordinary.

Thank Terry D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s the age which really impresses The mosaics are so fresh and perfect it’s hard to believe they are 5th C Take the ticket which incorporates the 6 key monuments in the city

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spectacular mosaics and history. Well worth the visit. These are probably the most beautiful mosaics I've ever seen.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be prepared to get a crick in your neck!! It is mind boggling how intricate the mosaics are and we were walking around staring up in amazement for ages.

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James J
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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
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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.
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PatricioL46
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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
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