• The ‘city of mosaics’ welcomes us for a five-day tour brimming with some of the most impressive early Christian monuments in the world
• Stand opposite Ravenna’s earliest mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, including an intense portrayal of the martyrdom of St Lawrence
• The ancient port of Classe, founded by Augustus, awes us with its immense Basilica of Sant’Apollinare, shimmering with gold and turquoise
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 0835 on British Airways arriving Bologna 1145. Transfer to Ravenna for four nights at Hotel Bisanzio. Welcome and evening talk: The Church Architecture of Ravenna.
Morning talk: Dante in Ravenna followed by 5th century Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (exceptional late antiquity mosaics), Basilica of San Vitale (famous mosaics of Justinian and Theodora), National Museum of Ravenna (archaeological objects from early Christian and Byzantine periods), cathedral, Dante Museum and tomb, Archiepiscopal Museum and Neonian Baptistery (outstanding early Christian mosaics).
Morning talk: Church Mosaics of Ravenna followed by Arian Baptistery (built by Theodoric), Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo (splendid frieze of martyrs), 7th century Domus of the Stone Carpets (beautiful floor mosaics), return visits to Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and San Vitale.
Morning: excursion to 11th century Abbey of Pomposa (interior repainted in 14th century by Vitale de Bologna). Afternoon: Mausoleum of Theodoric and ancient port of Classe for Basilica of Sant’Apollinare (gold and turquoise mosaics) and optional visit to the new museum.
Depart Bologna 1245, arriving Heathrow 1410.
15 Mar — 19 Mar 2021
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Andrew Wilson is an excellent tour guide who tells his group everything they need to know before visits. His wide knowledge is given clearly and gently in a very interesting and witty manner. This tour was very special with his guidance.
FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES
Please note this tour is conducted primarily on foot from the hotel. While coffee breaks will be provided at suitable intervals, the majority of visits are an hour long with few opportunities to sit down, and pax should therefore be comfortable walking and standing for a minimum of 60 minutes.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £140.00
"Ungrateful Florence! Dante sleeps afar," wrote Byron after his visit to Ravenna in 1819, having paid his respects to Dante's tomb, as ACE groups have done for many years. Exiled here from his beloved Florence, it was in Ravenna that the poet completed his Divine Comedy, described in a recent biography by Ian Thomson as "for many, the greatest single work of Western literature". And it was in Ravenna that he died in 1321. On this tour, we will take the opportunity to commemorate Dante’s life and work on the 700th anniversary of his death, including a modern mosaic interpretation of the Divine Comedy.
Cost of £1295 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, one lunch, dinner with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £95, double room for single use supplement £145.