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  • Day22


    May 4, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Today is our last cruise day. In order to get to Ravenna, we have to take a 30-minute shuttle ride from the port ($19 US round trip). This is the home of Byzantine mosaics and was the capital of this region 7 times in its history.

    Walked into a church by accident in our tour of the mosaics and ended up watching this couple get married. I also got to visit with the organist. Very special.

    Lunch at Cupido, fresh pasta and a Regional sampler and wine. Life is good!
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  • Day201

    Ravenna; mosaics, mosaics everywhere!

    January 13, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Ravenna had a large car park with a stopover close to its old town. With 8 UNESCO World Heritage sites, it had been highlighted as the place to see ancient Roman and Byzantine mosaics so we grabbed a quick lunch in the van and set off to explore.

    We bought a combined card that allowed us entry to multiple sites, the first of which was the Basilica di San Vitale, a large church that was covered floor to ceiling with stunning mosaics and paintings. The ones on the walls and domed rooves depicting scenes and comprising of lustrous golds, blues and yellows that shone out in the light. The individual works of art were amazing, but all together, within a building whose construction was itself a work of art, the combined effect was breathtaking. We both thought this alone was worth the €19 we paid for the cards!

    Accross the gardens from the basilica stood three stone tombs within Galla Placidia mausoleum. Each was placed within an arched alcove, whose upper walls and semi cylindrical dome was again decorated with shining mosaic tiles.

    A bit stunned, we trekked accross Ravenna's cobbled streets to find the Arian Baptistry, a small building whose hemispherical ceiling had an incredible painting of Jesus' baptism with the twelve apostles. We were quite glad this was the only remarkable feature, because our senses were still overwhelmed by how much they'd taken in at the previous two sites. The art was beautiful in itself, but when you consider that it was created in the 6th century, making it about1500 years old, it was mind boggling!

    On our way back to the van we took a route via Dante's tomb, which was enclosed within a small 18th century building, created for the poet, who finished his Divine Comedy here, after he was exiled from Florence.

    Back at the van it began to rain, then sleet and then finally it began to snow! It laid a light covering on the ground but snow obviously wasn't a frequent occurrence in this region. We'd seen no grit bins or lorries and when the temperature dropped and black ice appeared, driving conditions became pretty hairy! Many drivers didn't seem to slow down and we spent the night listening to them skidding round the roundabout. There must have been a dozen who crashed into the high kerb at the side!

    Unlike last night's cars, the ice didn't seem to be going anywhere fast when we woke the next morning, so we decided to ignore the stopover's time limit of 24 hours and stay another night. We certainly had plenty of things to keep us occupied!

    The days activities included a visit to the beautifully decorated Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, whose main feature was its sparkling Byzantine mosaics, running the length of the 50m nave on both sides. The scenes on the right showed gift bearing male martyrs lined up to present Jesus with their offerings and on the left, women queued to present Mary with theirs. They looked in immaculate condition and were a feast for the eyes.

    Returning home for lunch, Will got something called a Piadina from the nearby takeaway food hut. It was a huge folded flatbread, that was warmed in a pizza oven and could be filled with most sandwich fillings. Once we had it in front of us we realised we had bought a pack of them at a supermarket a few weeks back, thinking they were fajitas. We'd been most disappointed when we tried to roll them and they'd crumbled!

    Reinvigorated after lunch we set out for the final time. In the 1990s the remains of a palace with 14 rooms had been discovered 3m below a church. Each had a mosaic floor from Byzantine times, the majority of which remained intact. It was named Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra (House of the stone carpets). Much of the floor displayed geometric patterns that Will loved mentally breaking down into their constituent parts. Some of it showed flowers but the memorable thing for Vicky is the image of the Dance of the 4 Seasons, depicted by 4 Spirits dancing in a circle to the music of pan pipes.

    Darkness had crept up on us while we'd been underground and the previously quiet town streets were bustling with people. We wound our way past them to the church of San Franceso that contained a waterlogged crypt. We descended the steps at the head of the nave and put a euro in a machine. The previously dark space before us was now floodlit and we could see the white stone columns rising from the submerged mosaic floor to support the low ceiling. As if it needed an additional feature, there were goldfish swimming around in the 5ft deep pool of water!

    Neither of us is religious and neither of us enjoy many museums, but there had been something captivating about seeing 1500 year old history in situe in the form of Ravenna's mosaics.
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  • Day404


    May 10, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Es gibt Landgänge die sind einfach nicht so toll. Wir sind mit dem Rad gefahren, dachten es wäre ein schöne Tour... Nix da, sind 16 Kilometer auf einer Hauptstraße gefahren mit rasenden Lastwagen und Autos. Zu guter Letzt braute sich auch noch ein Gewitter zusammen, welches uns zum Glück nicht erwischt hat 😎 in der Stadt angekommen, gab es erst mal was zu essen und eine neue Strickjacke, weil es auch noch kalt war.

    Zurück konnten wir zum Glück die Fahrräder mit in den Shuttlebus nehmen 😊
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  • Day23

    Abschied vom Meer II/II - Ravenna

    July 11, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    ... Als es gegen 19 Uhr aufhörte zu gewittern fuhren wir nach Ravenna. Wenn man schon mal in der Nähe ist, muss man sich ja mal was anschauen 😊
    Nach zwei Runden Parkplatzsuche versuchten wir uns zu orientieren. Wir drehten eine Runde um die Piazza del Popolo, spazierten durch Gässchen und über Plätze. Nach einer guten Stunde hatten wir dasWichtigste abgelaufen und wollten noch nach Marina di Ravenna. Na ja, die Navigation war nicht wirklich einfach und unsere "Wünsche" nicht eindeutig. Wir gelangten nach Porto Marina, liefen dort ein wenig umher. Es war auch irgend ein Straßenfest mit Musik und Tanzgruppen. Aber ansonsten nicht so berauschend. Also suchten wir unseren Heimweg -diesmal funktionierte auch der Server von Google-Maps wieder und wir fanden die richtige Straße. Noch eine Tankstelle um ein paar Liter Diesel erleichtert,damit wir morgen nicht noch unterwegs tanken müssen....Read more

  • Day15


    November 27, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    In Menaggio it was "Hotel, Hotel, Hotel". In Belaggio it was "Shopping,Shopping, Shopping". In Ravenna it is "Mosaic, Mosaic, Mosaic". It was a really good deal. For 9.50€ per person, we got a ticket for 5 sites in Ravenna that used Mosaic instead of paint to decorate the apse and some of the naves. It was quite a sight to enter a rather unassuming facade of a basilica or mausoleum from the outside, then find spectacular Mosaic work dating back to the Byzantine period of the 500sAD. There was one more temple that we did not get round to as there was Food to eat and it was slightly out of the way and my feet were properly sore by this stage.Read more

  • Day6

    Church of San Vitale, Ravenna

    November 6, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We started our day in Ravenna at the Church of San Vitale, a church of the late Roman Empire. This temporary capital was built by the Romans in the Western Empire as they were fleeing the many invasions from the north. The church contains some of the oldest and purest Christian iconography in existence. I was pleased that the curators have raised funds to keep the ancient mosaics looking pristine and beautiful.Read more

  • Day6

    Church of St. Apollinare, Ravenna

    November 6, 2014 in Italy ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    We walked through the Piazza Populi to visit the Church of St. Apollinare, one of the imperial churches of the late Roman Empire. As at the Church of San Vitale, the mosaics here exemplify the finest early Christian iconography in the world. Our guide showed us that the building has required considerable repair over the centuries. She also showed us that an honorific inscription showed the face of the Emperor prior to the one who actually made the endowment. As far as these Christians were concerned, an Emperor was an Emperor, so they used the image of his predecessor. She also showed us several places where a mosaic image was incompletely "erased," leaving evidence of the previous image.Read more

  • Day6

    European Chocolate Fair, Ravenna

    November 6, 2014 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    When we left two of the oldest and important churches in the world, we strolled out to the Piazza Populi and found that Ravenna was hosting an international chocolate fair. I said to Glenda, "Yes, there in a God." We got several small bags full of truffles and other goodies and enjoyed them for the rest of the trip. We also got to have a wonderful meal together, and then walked by the tomb of Dante, the writer who standardized the Tuscan dialect as the national language of Italy.Read more

  • Day324

    Day 325: Ravenna

    January 5, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 5 °C

    Time to leave Bologna! Early morning start, walked over to the station and caught taxi out to the airport. Picked up our hire car with no problems, got ourselves a VW Golf which was nice, particularly since we'd only paid for a much smaller Fiat 500!

    Headed south-east out of the city onto the freeway, and made our first stop at the town of Imola. This is the location of a grand prix track where the San Marino grand prix was held for several years (though it's obviously not in San Marino). It's notorious as the track where Ayrton Senna had his fatal crash, and I wanted to see the memorial erected at the track.

    Found our way to the track and the statue, just near the crash site. Lots of flags, notes and various bits and pieces left by previous visitors which was nice. Spent a few minutes looking around and contemplating - he was always my favourite driver when I was a kid, and him dying was something I remember very clearly.

    Back on the road, we drove another hour or so eastwards to Ravenna, just near the Adriatic sea. Ravenna is a pretty little town, with most of the central streets blocked off to traffic. The world heritage site here is a series of Christian monuments from the 5th and 6th centuries - mostly old churches and basilicas. But what's incredible about them is that they are all filled with incredible art dating from that period. The mostly-mosaic pieces are so early that the iconography is quite different - eg depicting Jesus as beardless, nude forms, and some incredible stylised works of Biblical scenes.

    There's 8 monuments in total on the list and we managed to visit five of them, thoroughly enjoying each one. And I could film inside for all except one, which was great! Really enjoyed it.

    Finished with Ravenna, we made our way late in the day south along the coast to Gradara where we had our Airbnb. A reasonably large ground floor apartment in the suburbs, we visited the supermarket for some provisions and then settled in for the evening. Decided after the pricey meal last night that staying in for a few nights would be a good option! And the pasta options in the supermarket are fantastic, as you'd expect.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ravenna, Равена, Rávena, Ravenne, רוונה, रवेन्ना, RAN, ラヴェンナ, Rawenna, Равенна, 拉文納

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