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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must in Ravenna. Better take a guided tour. In the language you understand. Do it leisurely, no rush. And don't forget the local dish of capuletti

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You need to get the ticket from the bookshop on the approach to the Basilica. Mosaics are superb we paid the €2 for the commentary which helped point out a lot of things we would have missed

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of several sites in Ravenna to see truly world class Byzantine mosaics. All of the mosaics in Ravenna are within walking distance and unless you want a guide you don't really need one to see them all.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

In this city, and more so this church, the Byzantine Empire is still alive and kicking. Of course there are modern improvements (such as cars) but the mosaics on this church still look brand new. I HIGHLY recommend this for any art student or history...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

A wonder of mosaic smalti - look at the detail in the faces Take binoculars spend time and walk around so you look from all sorts of different angles Really really worth while

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

I wanted to see these since art school and was not disappointed. We drove down from Venice especially to see Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora in all their splendor. San Vitale is from a unique place and time when the Roman Empire was ruled from...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

I wasn't sure I wanted to spent much time looking at mosaics but I am so glad I did. The workmanship is incredible and the effect is stunning

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The mosaics in this church are unbelievable. What a thrill for me to have seen this beautiful art work praising God. It is unimaginable the amount of work put in to that church.

Thank Nancy H
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Reviewed 17 December 2017

The colours of the mosaics are just superb! I'm not sure I'd like to visit in the summer with crowds of people but the light would probably be better then! The entry is covered by the €9.50 combi ticket and it gives a flavour of...More

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Reviewed 12 December 2017

The Basilica San Vital is a must see in Ravenna. The church displays amazing mosaics from the Hebrew bible and is absolutely stunning. Go and see it.

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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
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James J
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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.
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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
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