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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 2 days ago via mobile

For 9.5 euros you can get your combo ticket for 5 major attractions in Ravenna. The Basilica di San Vitale is really worth visiting especially for the bizantine mosaics which are incredible. You can see Jesus in the Roman version without a beard and also...More

Thank AndreiProcaru
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you arrive in Ravenna you have to visit this place. The mosaic of the 5th century is great! Buy a 9,5 € ticket to visit 5 museums!

Thank Firicel M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must see place in Ravenna, beautiful mosaics unbelievably well preserved. The colours are beautiful!

Thank Sue K
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful interior mosaics are well worth planning for at least 45 minutes viewing. Photography permitted.

Thank PhileasFoggII
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica is a beautiful building - architecture, mosaics on the walls and ceiling, marble, history. It lives up to its reputation.

Thank happytotravel78
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a stop. The mosaics here are breath taking. You can see this in 20 minutes or 40 minutes depending on how much you are into mosaics and history. It is beautiful to see.

Thank Ellen4719
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The basilica is very beautiful and the mosaics on the walls, ceilings and floors are beautiful. Such great art and craftsmanship it is very inspirational. It is worth buying the ticket that allows you entrance to five of the eight UNESCO sites. The staff are...More

Thank Jo S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Basilica San Vitale is the crown jewel of Ravenna. If. you only have time to visit one place, this alone is worth the trip. There are a few churches that stun you the moment you walk through the entry - St Peters in Rome, Sagrada...More

Thank LightFighter
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this Basilica as part of a walking tour of mosaics in Ravenna; it was the last stop on the tour and probably the most amazing. The detail that has gone into these mosaics is considerable; the longer you look the more detail you...More

Thank Peter Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Basilica San Vitale is by far the most impressive building in Ravenna. It is big, beautiful and full of delicate mosaics. Compliments to the architect!

Thank Puri P
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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