The warm embrace of the Orient
You will know right away when you are in Ravenna, as it is impossible not to walk with your head turned up, enchanted by the Starry Sky commissioned by Galla Placidia, by the mosaics and marble decorations of the Domus of the Stone Carpets, by the golden apse of Sant’Apollinare, and the grandeur of the Mausoleum of Theodoric. A Byzantine soul floats through the narrow streets of this city, where, if you listen carefully, you can still hear the voice of Justinian in all its might.
Ravenna, a jewel in Romagna
Romagna is a land of jewels, not just the ones created by Mother Nature either. Each city tells a story. And the story of Ravenna is beyond doubt full of fascination and beauty. It was the first capital of the kingdom of Italy, according to the wishes of Justinian, who turned the town into a prestigious, flourishing centre. On a par with a metropolis like Istanbul, Ravenna houses treasures of Byzantine art which mark a turning point in history in their representation of reality, i.e. of how mankind saw the world then, compared to the period of classical Rome. Reaching beyond nature, breaking every mould, enveloped in the purest shimmer of gold, the whole of Ravenna speaks of experiences that are beyond the human dimension.
A precious Unesco World Heritage Site
They say beauty never dies, and that, to the contrary, it can strongly affect the observer, who may even feel bewildered by it, which is what you may experience when you admire the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Arian and Orthodox Baptisteries, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Basilica in Classe, and the Mausoleum of Theodoric. A Unesco World Heritage Site, and the pride and joy of Romagna, Ravenna and its surrounding areas have always thrived on art and beauty.