Ravenna, the city of mosaics

This week Shelley and I hopped the train to Ravenna. One of the great advantages to staying in a hub city like Bologna is you can get virtually anywhere on the train. Bologna is a hub for both highspeed and regional trains here in Italy. Of course, there is also the food….

But I digress. The train to Ravenna runs hourly to and from Ravenna and takes about 1 hour 10 minutes. It is a regional train, so no seat reservations, everything is open seating and yesterday it was open windows as well! is

Ravenna is a town in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy; not far from the Adriatic coast. It is most famous for its fabulous early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, which date back to the time when Ravenna was the capital of the Western Empire, then under Ostrogoth and Byzantine rule. Ravenna later came under Roman rule.

We spent five hours walking about town visiting 7 different sites including a museum and Dante’s (known as the father of the common Italian language) tomb. Below are a few photos I took in the different sites. The photos don’t do the mosaics credit. I strongly recommend you visit Ravenna and bring a small set of binoculars with you! I want to return and take a private tour to get more context with the mosaic development. I listened in on a couple of tours and it was fascinating.

One basillica we visited had different mosaic work on the floor for each entrance.  Ignore the shoe toe and shadow please.  All f the tiles in these mosaics are about 1/4 to 1/2 inch square!

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