If you’re lucky enough to have a bit more time in Italy, be sure to check out these cities that aren’t usually at the top of tourist destination lists.
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We have two places to give away on a four-day cultural tour to historic Ravenna this September, worth £2,950, thanks to our friends at Sapienza Travel
Sapienza Travel’s All That Glitters Is Byzantine Gold is a four-day guided cultural tour of Ravenna, the last capital of the Western Roman Empire. Discover a treasury of dazzling mosaics and Byzantine architecture including the Neonian Baptistery and the 6th-century, Byzantine Sant’Apollinare Nuovo church.
Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy, spent much of his exile in Ravenna and is buried in the city. Ravenna is home to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, and you will visit all of them on this carefully curated tour with Sapienza Travel’s expert guides.
The itinerary also includes a private visit to the church of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and Sant’Apollinare in Classe, plus four-star accommodation at the Hotel Palazzo Bezzi.
- Return flights from London on British Airways (economy) to Bologna
- Three nights in the four-star Hotel Palazzo Bezzi
- Three breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners (lunch and dinner with wine, water and coffee included)
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.
So where to go in Italy? There’s no contest says Annmarie O’Connor — the Emilia Romagna region, a northern province known for its medieval cities, rich gastronomy and unstudied elegance.
When tasting the sweet life, it’s arguable there’s no better place than Italy. ‘La Dolce Vita’ has long been a paradigm for living well, even before its meaning acquired international currency. After all, enjoying everyday luxuries, from food and wine to culture and the arts, are sanctified Italian rituals — simple pleasures that qualify as special occasions. It is still arguable where the tastiest of these simple pleasures can be found. Not a mean feat in a country celebrated for its enviable lifestyle.
I’m happy to hang my geographical hat on the Emilia Romagna region — a northern province known for its medieval cities, rich gastronomy, and unstudied elegance.
Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th? The popular answer is that it is Jesus’ birthday. However, it is necessary to reconsider that belief, No records exist in the Bible, or elsewhere, suggesting Jesus was born on that date. If it was not the birth of Christ which set Christmas Day apart from others in the calendar, what was it? To find out, you need to take look at ancient Persian and pagan traditions.
Christmas Was Probably Not the Day Christ was Born
First, let’s take a quick look at why Christmas probably wasn’t Jesus’ day of birth. As the Catholic Encyclopaedia states “there is no month in the year to which respectable authorities have not assigned Christ’s birth” ( Catholic Encyclopaedia ). That being said, there are several reasons supporting the idea that Jesus wasn’t born in December.
Ravenna is a beautiful city in Italy that’s known for its colourful mosaics and grand buildings. There’s plenty to see and do in Ravenna, including an abundance of basilicas and spectacular sights. Ravenna is famous for its well-preserved architecture as well as a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sights.
1. Basilica San Vitale
The Basilica of San Vitale is one of eight structures in Ravenna that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As a result, you can expect that this structure adds an incredible degree of importance and value to the city. In addition to this, it’s a great representation of some of the most beautiful early art and architecture in Europe. The basilica’s grandness will have you admiring its beauty and once inside you can observe its religious inscriptions. For only €9.50, this attraction is well worth the price.