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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 6 days ago

I didn't know much about mosaics before going to Ravenna, but I learnt a lot and was amazed by this basilica. I didn't know where to look, everything was beautiful, from the floor to the ceiling.

Thank CXuor
Reviewed 6 days ago

The ticket costs 9.50 euro and for that price you get to see some of the most preserved mosaics I've ever seen.They are absolutely stunning,however I recommend going there with a guide or with a book.so that you can learn more about the mosaics. I've...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mosaics of this church are one of the most impressive pieces of the Bisantine art. The work is impressive in all the aspects

Thank Aluizio G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful biblical mosaics. Very well preserved with vivid colours. Well worth a visit. We bought a combined ticket to visit all the mosaic churches and chapels.

Thank whinfellwanderer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Byzantine mosaics are considered the finest in the Western world..The ceilings, walls, and apse are so well preserved even after 1500 years.

Thank bonitabuffalo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you only have time for one visit this is the one, along with the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia which is right outside on the same property. Stunning!

Thank alldarts
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I was going to only three places in Ravenna, this would be one of them. Very impressive mosaics. It is in the same area of the Galla Placidia Mausoleum. Another one in the top three.

Thank Prof23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Much better than the Hagia Sophia – the mosaics are breathtakingly beautiful, intact and the colours are so intense! You just got to see it to believe it. It is absolutely worth more than the 9.50 euro combo ticket you will pay to see the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was one of five on a 9 Euro ticket - if you love mosaics you have GOT to see all of them. I am sorry I spent only two days in the lovely city of Ravenna and hope some day to return to see...More

Thank gerywag
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was not disappointed with the wonderful mosaics in St Vitale. They are mind blowing and cannot be missed.

Thank Douglas B
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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