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Basilica San Vitale

Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This magnificent basilica not only has astonishing wall and ceiling mosaics but an incredibly beautiful floor and painted dome. Cannot understand why the world is not beating a path to Ravenna

Thank Debbi R
Reviewed 1 week ago

We bought a ticket for Euro 11.50 each to allow us to go to four churches and the tomb of Galla Placidia. S Vitale is a brick-built 6th Century basilica, looking a bit forbidding on the outside. Inside - decorated with superb mosaics showing scenes...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see, only watch who is going in ahead of you. Big groups do not allow you to enjoy this as it should be. Take the time.

Thank Adam L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brought me to tears. Such a beautiful place, I have years of Quilting inspiration in the floor designs. Oh, the ceiling mosaics are quite beautiful, too. Which is probably why most people go to visit. But seriously, how cool are those floors?

Thank Donna D S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica San Vitale was built in the 6th century. It contains beautiful early Byzantine mosaics with biblical stories, images of Christ, and two panels depicting Emperor Justinian with his court and guards and Empress Theodora with her retinue. The combination ticket costs €9.50 and...More

Thank Ron S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning mosaics dating back to 500AD. Well worth a visitOrthodox influence. Lots of school parties visiting

Thank moving0n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

City full of UNESCO monuments, Ravenna is a dream for history and art loving folks. Buy the tickets at the shop/ticket point (you'll see a queue at the door) before approaching the main buildings of the Basilique San Vitale. We got the 11.5€ one for...More

1  Thank KBook7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were expecting a lot before we visited this church, and even then our expectations were more than surpassed. The outside looks interesting as it has a very different floor plan than most churches. However the inside is incredible, as it actually looks much vaster...More

Thank Clarencephil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What I liked is that you could get so close, in fact you walk on mosaics. This was the first place that I could explin what a mosaic was to my young daughter as she could see and understand the complexity of putting it together.

Thank exiledblue
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Basilica is a beautiful piece of architecture and the Byzantine mosaics in the interior are really impressive... nevertheless, Ravenna is a bit far and not that much to do there... so if you are not a fan of mosaics, you may skip it.

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James J
In the past, I have always driven to Ravenna; however, this visit will be via Holland America. Is the Basilica San Vitale within walking distance of the cruise port or must one take a cab?
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
I understand a ticket can be purchased for Euro 9.50 that will allow entrance to the major 5 or 6 sites. Where can they be purchased?
12 August 2016|
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Response from | Reviewed this property |
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.
Opening hours of San vitale please also can it be visited without a guide?
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