The mosaics and the UNESCO's buildings of Ravenna
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
(combined ticket) Tomb built in 425 AD by Galla Placidia, half sister of the Emperor Honorius, when Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire. The small building, in the shape of a Latin cross, hosts one of the oldest and best preserved early Christian mosaic decoration. The interior is characterized by a charming atmosphere caused by the light filtering through the windows of alabaster. The images represented in the mosaics express many deep symbolic meanings
Church of San Vitale (combined ticket) Architectural masterpiece in octagonal shape built in the VI century. This is one of the most important example of the byzantine art in Europe. You will immediately notice the strong impact of the contrast between the Baroque frescoes that cover the dome and the mosaics in the apse where the colors of the tiles are strong and bright. Inside of the apse you can admire the famous imperial couple formed by Justinian and Theodora.
Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra (single ticket) The archaeological excavation is very recent. In 1993, during the construction of an underground car park came to light the floor of a Byzantine house along with many other testimonies of earlier times and later. The access to the basements is through the baroque church of St. Euphemia
Neonian's Baptistery (combined ticket) Baptismal building built between the late IV and early V century AD at the main time of the primitive Bishopric. The mosaic decorations are due to the Bishop Neon, is also called the Orthodox Baptistry to distinguish it from the Aryans one.The Baptistery has a solid and massive structure, octagonal, but cause to the subsidence phenomenon we find it buried 3 m below the ground level.
Dante's Tomb and Church of San Francesco (free entrance) Neoclassical building of the XVIII century, built many centuries after the death of the great poet as a cenotaph now houses his remains. Dante's tomb is located in the heart of the Dante's area, also known as the "Zone of Silence", the old quarter of the middle age that include the franciscan's cloisters, the St. Francisco Church and rebuilt in the XII century in which is a fascinating crypt under the water table