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Ravenna

14 May 2022

5 days from £2,195pp

Join Dr Sally Dormer on this new Art Pursuits tour, which explores how Ravenna became one of the greatest cultural centres in Italy, a rival to Rome and Milan
  • Exclusive private visit to the “Mausoleum” of Galla Placidia
  • Mosaics of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and San Vitale
  • The secluded Abbey of Pomposa in the Po Delta
 

In Ravenna we see proof that although the Western Roman Empire weakened, and ultimately collapsed in the late 5th century, incomparable artistic achievement continued into the mid-6th century. By the time Alaric, the Visigoth, sacked Rome, the Eternal City, in 410, Ravenna had been the imperial capital for eight years. Its 5th-century Roman buildings, including the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, are consequently among the finest that survive, an unlikely patrimony for what had been a marshy, malarial garrison town. Ravenna’s strategic and political importance had been established, and the Ostrogoths and in 540, the Byzantine army, fought hard to capture it. The Ostrogothic king Theodoric and the Byzantine Emperor Justinian made Ravenna their Italian capital, and both endowed it with treasures unparalleled in 6th-century Italy. Most glorious are the mosaic and marble filled interiors of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo and San Vitale. 

Join Dr Sally Dormer on this new Art Pursuits tour, which explores how Ravenna became one of the greatest cultural centres in Italy, a rival to Rome and Milan.
 

Your Accommodation

Palazzo Bezzi, Ravenna

★★★★
Overview
Palazzo Bezzi, is a four star superior hotel in the heart of Ravenna, only a few steps away from the centre and from the most prestigious Byzantine mosaics. The hotel offers its guests all the charm of its old tradition, combined with care and attention to detail. 
Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Telephone
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • Hairdryer
  • TV
  • Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning