1600 years ago Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire, it was capital of the Kingdom of Italy and was capital of the Exarchate of Italy. A key town in the history of the Western world and beyond. Ravenna retained the lavish testimonials of this glorious past; in fact, the city preserves the richest world heritage of mosaics dating from the 5th and the 6th century a.d., kept within its Paleochristian and Byzantine religious buildings, all Unesco World Heritage sites. Visiting the historic center on foot or by bicycle is like reliving a millenary history which, starting from Roman times with its early Christian basilicas, through the Renaissance and comes up to the nineteenth century, when the city was rediscovered by famous visitors such as Oscar Wilde, Sigmund Freud, Lord Byron and Gustav Klimt.
In addition, a few kilometers from Ravenna, the Adriatic Sea and the National Park of the Po River Delta, make the area a perfect destination for relaxation, fun and a perfect place for hiking in nature.
The tour of the old town can be half day (2.30 hours) or full day (2.30+2.30 hours). The monuments that normally fit into half a day are: Basilica of San Vitale (entrance fee), Mausoleum of Galla Placidia (entrance fee), Piazza del Popolo, St. Francis' crypt, the tomb of Dante Alighieri, Basilica of Sant'Appollinare Nuovo (entrance fees). In a full day tour you can add the Baptisteries (Neonian Baptistry and Arian Baptistry), the Archiepiscopal Museum (with the Chapel of Sant'Andrea and the Chair of Ivory).
Or, if you prefer to leave the old town, you can reach the Basilica of Sant'Appollinare in Classe (entrance fee) at about 15 minute drive from Ravenna.
To access the UNESCO monuments of the historical centre of Ravenna, you buy an approximately 12.00 Euros per person single ticket.