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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 yesterday via mobile

We weren't sure if we should travel to Ravenna or not. The mosaics are amazing! Don't rush up to Venice or Milan too quickly. Take the train slightly out of the way to see the Ravenna mosaics!

Thank creativecrew
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

You have to visit this Basilica...it is utterly beguiling, atmospheric and humbling. Of all the mosaics in Ravenna this is the one place that took our breath away..the craftsmanship, detail and history is spectacular. Leave this mosaic to be your final visit, take time to...More

Thank gerardosullivan66
Reviewed 1 week ago

Another great stop on our tour of Ravenna. This is a "Must See" while in town. The "Basilica of San Vitale" is a magnificent church in Ravenna, Italy. It is one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in Europe....More

Thank Robert R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ravenna is a destination, and ours was very purposeful: we wanted to see the famed basilica, known for its mosaics of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora of the East Roman Empire. We were not disappointed. From the outside, the basilica is understated. One could not...More

Thank BRIANandRONNIE2010
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited here on a hunch on a day when my wife and kid wanted to go shopping. Oh sweet serendipity; this is one of the most beautiful historical sites I've ever visited. This place just breathes history. The church was founded in the 5th...More

Thank BerryGroot
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of Prinsendam cruisers that was organized on Cruise Critic Roll Call is following our knowledgeable guide Silvia Belletti to see the Basilica. Silvia hands out our Opera Di Religione tickets that is valid for 7 days to see the five sites. She explains...More

Thank Mike P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Jaw dropping would be an understatement...truly magnificent, do not let this pass you by. A true wonder in this modern world.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

But when you go in that you learn to not judge a book by its cover. As the Boss & I found out last year. (2016) As this Church which was built in 426 AD by a Banker of course*, Packs a mighty big visual...More

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The mosaics here are absolutely stunning - allow yourself time to linger and marvel. There are guided night tours in the summer (2017) on Tuesdays and Fridays.

1  Thank RoccoReviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is one of the best known attractions in Ravenna and rightly so. Just a tip - try to go when there is a service or a concert of scared music. Listening to that sound in a place where Roman emperors (and empresses) went...More

1  Thank Jim H
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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
13 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.
19 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