If you ever find yourself in Emilia-Romagna, Ravenna is an absolute must. It really is a treasure trove of art and culture, writes Sara Scarpa.
Above me is depicted a dark blue sky full of golden stars.The many thousands of tiny mosaic tiles set in various inclinations seem to capture and cascade light onto anyone looking up at them from below.
Concentric circles glow, and the shimmering movement of light seems to follow me as I move around the room. This mesmerising place is small and dark, although the narrow alabaster stone windows do filter through a soft, golden light that adds to the ethereal feeling of the place.
In the middle of this vibrant starred sky stands a huge, golden Latin cross, and at the corners of the dome are the four winged creatures that symbolise the Four Evangelists.