Visit Ravenna: the city, the mosaics, Teodorico and Santa Apollinare in Classe

Finally, the closest to Lugo is Ravenna, an ancient city that was also capital of the Western Roman Empire. At the end of the 5th century, Teodorico ordered the construction of most of the monuments that make Ravenna one of the world’s art capitals. In 540, it feel under Byzantine control, and it was then that the epoch of the great mosaics began, absolutely to be admired in the various churches: San Vitale (6th century) with an octagonal plane, where the magnificence of the gold and the colours of the great mosaics triumphs throughout; the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (5th century), a little isolated oratory, in the form of a Latin cross, famous for the vault mosaics, that reproduce a star-studded sky; and the basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, whose mosaics are perhaps the absolute masterpiece of Ravenna mosaics. In the district of the archbishops, visit the cathedral (18th century), the Neon baptistery (5th century) with an octagonal base, and with the beautiful dome with brightly coloured mosaics. Just a little outside Ravenna, Sant’Apollinare in classe, a splendid 6th century basilica, with mosaics in the Presbytery and, outside a cylindrical bell tower. Ravenna is also famous for Dante’s tomb, who, at the start of the 14th century was sent out from Florence and welcomed to this beautiful city.

Ravenna is famous for its musical summer, that involves all sorts of concerts held in the most characteristic points of the city: organ concerts in San Vitale and symphonic concerts in the other main churches, spectacles and cinema in the Brancaleone fortress...

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