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Ravenna Daytrip


We loved spending a few days in Ravenna when we were last in the area in 2005, so decided to take a daytrip today. We caught the 9:05 train, and were in Ravenna an hour and a half later. Ravenna has a charming Centro with early churches studded with fantastic Byzantine mosaics. We enjoyed revisiting three, seeing one for the first time that reopened since we were last there; and enjoyed a tasty seafood lunch.

First up, San Vitale, begun in 526.





The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, so tiny you can see the amazing detail of the mosaics.




The Neeonian Baptistry,5th century.



How about some lunch? Sadly, the seafood restaurant I had wanted to try was unexpectedly closed, so we took a chance on La Gardela. Very popular with the business crowd--at 1:30 the place was packed, and at 2:30 everyone brought their lunch tickets up to the cashier. I had a pristine swordfish carpaccio with burrata; and Larry had a nicely crisp fritto misto of shrimp, calamari, and zucchini. Delicious.



Next, Inside the Museo Arcivescovile is the tiny Oratorio di Sant Andrea.
Notice that Christ is depicted as a Roman warrior? The museum has some interesting pieces, including an elaborately carved ivory throne, and a stone calendar that allowed Ravenna's clergy to determine when Easter would fall.


Before catching a train home, we stopped into the lovely Sant' Apollinare Nuovo, a 6th century church built by Theodoric.



Poor Theodoric was covered by a curtain after the Byzantines took control.


Comments (2)


I'm SO loving traveling along with you two! Especially love some very familiar shots from Ravenna - would love to return!

Hope the heatwave abates.


The only challenge I had wit a day trip to Ravenna was missing Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe - it was just too much of a hike. Oh well, something for the next trip list . . .

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