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Basilica San Vitale

Open today: 09:00 - 19:00
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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...more
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Via San Vitale, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
+39 0544 541688
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Wow!!! Can I give 6 stars?? This was the most amazing mosaic tile work I have ever seen. It was truly breathtaking and not crowded so you could take your time seeing things. I wish I brought binoculars so I could see the upper areas...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This ancient church has the most beautiful and artistic mosaics I have ever seen. Lots of tour groups on a Sunday morning, although the church closes from 10am to 13pm for mass. Don’t miss this experience.

Thank seattlefoodlover2016
Reviewed 5 days ago

The mosaics in this town are just stunning! And, Basilica San Vitale is the most beautiful of the mosaics! I brought a small pair of binoculars to see it even better.

Thank millcreekmama55
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's shaped like few other churches - octagonal. The outside is plain brick. But inside - stunning mosaics, and cunningly cut marble veneers that look like Rorascht ink blots. Look out for Theodora - the ex-tart who captivated an Emperor (and who "disappeared" her enemies)....More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing the mosaics in San Vitale left me speechless and on the verge of tears. I’m not Christian, but am an artist and the beauty of the place is difficult to describe. I can just imagine the passion of the creators of this space and...More

Thank rzoe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica of San Vitale was erected in the first half of the 500. Thanks to oriental architectural influences, it is the first octagonal church; the previous churches were with a "Latin cross" plan. Its architectural structure is wonderful as the mosaics inside it are...More

Thank Bigo1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In my humble opinion, I'd say save this place til last when you're visiting Ravenna as it's really so incredibly beautiful that everything else is just slightly inferior. Next is Gallia Placidia's mausoleum. I do recommend getting the 9.50 euro that gives you entry to...More

Thank cakewithaview
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For just 9.50 get a ticket to see the top 5 mosaic encrusted buildings that are part of this Unesco world heritage site. The work that must have taken years to create these beautiful portraits and pictures is astounding and equally astonishing they remain to...More

Thank M H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place well worth a visit with gorgeous mosaics and interesting building. Not too crowded late September

Thank sobek7007
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is what people come to Ravenna to see and we were not disappointed. The Basilica is in the same complex and the Mausoleum of Galla Placida and the Mosaic Trail ticket admits you to both.

Thank Jim R
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Tunggul W
5 October 2018|
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Response from Virgina C | Reviewed this property |
Yes— a wonderful experience!
James J
9 September 2016|
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
James J
12 August 2016|
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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.
18 May 2016|
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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