Ravenna has a jaw-dropping collection of Roman religious mosaics! These date back to the year 430, and are located in the city’s ancient churches and baptisteries. To think that these amazing pieces of art are almost 1600 years old is stunning!
Many of the mosaics are on the roofs of baptisteries, most of which have a dome shape. One of the basilicas has mosaics on the roof and the walls of the church. Keep this in mind when you’re viewing the photos. To actually be there is amazing, and gives you a “full immersion” experience of art similar to the Sistine Chapel. When I was planning my time in northern Italy I was debating about going to Ravenna – I am sure glad that I went!
Most of the key sites are close by the train station, so it’s easy to see everything by walking. The town itself is very picturesque, especially with the great weather when I was there. From Bologna you can catch a train very easily that takes around 1.5 hours. Italian trains are very convenient and cheap!
My next destination is Milan. Onward to the north!