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The city of Ravenna is home to numerous museums, some which can be seen in a few hours or less and others that might take an entire day or more to fully appreciate. Many of these attractions are centrally located, so visitors can plan ahead and figure out the best plan of attack to take in the various museums.
To take in the glory of the city’s former past there is the Archiepiscopal Museum, which is housed on the first floor of the Archiepiscopal Palace, and its various connections include works from many of the city’s former buildings, which were destroyed various sieges and sackings of the city. Among these includes the ivory throne of the Emperor Maximian, which was crafted in the 6th century.
The nearby National Museum is located in the former Benedictine Monastery of San Vitale, and its collection includes numerous archaeological items such as Byzantine Icons, ancient coins and tools and various weapons from the Classical Age.Located along side the poet Dante’s Tomb, the Dante Museum houses work by and inspired by the artist including illustrations, sculptures and numerous paintings. It is housed in the Dantesque center of the Minor Friars.
The seaside setting of Ravenna makes for a perfect location of the National Museum of Diving Activities, which was founded in 1998. It includes a variety of deep sea exploration exhibits as well as devices used throughout the ages by divers.
A new attraction, opened in 2002, is the Domus dei Trappeti di Pietra ( Domus of Stone Carpets) located on via Barbiani underneath the church of St. Euphemia. Touted as a significant acheological site, it consists of a vast underground space about 3 meters below street level. The exhibition area displays 14 mosaic pavements, originally the floor of a Byzantine palace dating back to the 6th century AD.