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Ravenna Daytrip

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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.


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

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The Neeonian Baptistry,5th century.

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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.


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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.

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

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

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Comments (2)

Judy:

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.

Judy

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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