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Jun 6, 2017 - A day in Ravenna

Tuesday: The only reason to visit Ravenna is its Byzantine mosaics. Eight of Ravenna's buildings are Unesco World Heritage sites and hold mosaics regarded as the crowning achievement of Byzantine art. When you walk into the Basilica di San Vitale and the splendour of these mosaics gleam at you from all directions, you know you are seeing something priceless and rare. San Vitale was started in 525 by the Roman Emperor Theodoric and finished in 548 by the Byzantine ruler Justinian. Both of them along with Justinian's wife, Theodora, Christ...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Ravenna

Friday, October 16 Today we left for Ravenna, a city on the Adriatic Sea between Tuscany and Venice which is famed for the stunning Byzantine mosaics on display in several of its 1500 year old churches. We drove east of Borgo di Vagli, across the mountain range, passing the lovely town of Gubbio, which we had visited previously, and the fortress-topped town of Urbino before reaching the coast. We followed the coast past towns such as Riccione and Rimini. In the summer, these coastal resort towns are apparently absolutely teeming with sun...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

Aug 24, 2010 - Ravenna, Italy

Tuesday August 24 - Ravenna, Italy - Ravenna is quite a ways from the port so we had to be bused into town. We are the first ship to dock at the new port of Ravenna and the captain is having a champagne toast with the port authorities today at 10 AM. We won’t see this as we will already be in town doing our walking tour of Ravenna - home of the best preserved examples of Byzantine mosaics in the world and they are spectacular. Ravenna is a very pleasant Italian city, very clean and friendly. The city is inland, but is connected to the...

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Jan 3, 2010 - Ravenna

We set out to visit Ravenna for the purpose of birdwatching in the Po River delta. We'd been told that many far northern birds migrate only as far south as this estuary rather than further south into Africa. When we arrived into Ravenna we discovered the best and most extensive ancient mosiacs we've ever seen anywhere ! The Basilicas San Vitale & Apollinare Nuovo, Masoleum Galla Placidia, and Battisteros Degli Ariani & Orsodossi were phenomenal ! And when one considers that these are 5th & 6th century buildings the 'awe' adds 'some'. I can...

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Apr 18, 2009 - Mosaic heaven

Tuesday 14th April. Easter weekend has gone and so are the crowds of people who took over Cattolica so that sleep was not disturbed either with late night revellers or early birds for the shops. After a leisurely breakfast we packed and left Hotel Eden going back to Carla and Enrico who allowed us to use his Wifi. After checking e-mails and posting a log we said our sad farewells to him and his wife who we had bumped into so many times during our stay. As we were pulling away he even stopped us to suggest a short cut to the road to Ravenna....

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Nov 8, 2005 - Ravenna

Today, I spent the afternoon in Ravenna. This city near the Adriatic Sea is famous for its mosaic art. In fact, Ravenna contains more mosaic art than any other place in the world outside of Istanbul. This art form flourished in the 5th and 6th centuries after the demise of the Latin culture. Ravenna was the western outpost of the new eastern Roman Empire and it has more recorded history than other Italian cities during the dark ages. I was able to visit 2 churches with mosaics and made pictures of one part of a church, a baptistery and the...

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Jul 3, 2005 - Villemarina, Italy

We took off the next morning and headed farther south along the coast. When we got close to the cities of Ravenna and Rimini, we decided to start looking for somewhere to stop for awhile. This area was kind of the main stretch of beach area on the eastern side of Italy. We ended up driving around for quite a while, checking various campgrounds and hostels until we found a place in the small town of Villemarina. It was a really nice hostel, about 20 Euros per person per night, but it included free breakfast!! And the rooms were really nice...

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Nov 12, 2004 - Day Trip to Ravenna

Early Friday morning, we all hopped on a bus for our first trip in Florence to the city of Ravenna (about a three hour bus ride away). Considering I had definitely started to settle in to my apartment a bit too much, I am definitely glad that the program got us up and going- as much as I love Florence, I know I need to explore Italy while I'm here! Ravenna was definitely a huge switch from anything we saw while in France. The churches have a much more Eastern influence, with lots of mosaics and Byzantine style. The mosaics were absolutely...

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Oct 30, 2004 - Ravenna, Italy

I caught a train out of Venice on Saturday when it started to rain and the flooding began. I read in the paper that on Sunday the city was 80% flooded. Ravenna was a nice small college town with thousands of 20 somethings crowding the streets. There are a few small churches with some world class mosaics from the Byzantine era made with gold leaf that glow in the dim domes where they cover entire ceilings. I've got only a few photos because it was too dark for pictures. Once I did lay the camera on an alter pointing straight up at the...

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