Emilia-Romagna Architecture

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Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

1. Ravenna: UNESCO Monuments and Mosaics Guided Tour

Starting from the convenient meeting point in Piazza San Francesco, journey through the streets of the city center with your guide to experience five incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Neonian Baptistery, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of San Vitale, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Chapel of Saint Andrew. You will have the opportunity to visit: The Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most important monuments of early Christian art in Italy. When you enter the basilica, your gaze is captured by the high spaces, the wonderful mosaic decorations of the apse and the extraordinary representation of the imperial couple of Byzantium: Justinian and Theodora, with their procession. The Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: originally used as a Palatine Church of Arianism, today it allows us to reconstruct the evolution of Byzantine wall mosaics from the age of Theodoric to that of Justinian. The Chapel of Saint Andrew: representing the glorification of Christ in an anti-Arian key, it is the only example of an early Christian archiepiscopal chapel still intact today. The Neonian Baptistery: one of the oldest monuments of the city, made of simple brick on the outside but rich in marble, stucco, and mosaics of clear Hellenistic-Roman influence inside. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: it was built around the middle of the 5th century, at the behest of Galla Placidia, who ruled the Western Roman Empire. The innumerable stars of the dome have struck the imagination and sensitivity of visitors over the centuries, and of outstanding personalities such as the great poet Dante Alighieri, who drew inspiration from them for the writing of some verses of the Divine Comedy.

Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

2. Pisa: Leaning Tower and Cathedral Skip-the-Line Tickets

Explore two of Pisa’s key sites, the famous Leaning Tower and the historic Pisa Cathedral, without the wait and at a time that suits you. Skip the lines with a timed entry ticket to the Tower followed by quick access to the Cathedral. Collect your tickets at the Sinopie Museum before climbing the 55 meter high Leaning Tower of Pisa, an icon of European architecture that dates back to the 12th century. You’ll be able to take in the views over the city, the neighboring duomo and the rolling Tuscan hills from the top. Next, visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. At nearly 1,000 years old, it is considered one of the finest examples of Pisan Romanesque architecture. Like the tower beside it, the Cathedral is sinking very slowly into the ground and you may be able to spot signs of this as you wander around.

From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

3. From Bologna: Train to San Luca Basilica & Food Tasting

The Basilica of San Luca is one of the symbols of the city of Bologna. Situated on the Monte Guardia, the Sanctuary connects to the city center through the longest continuous portico in the world, made up of 666 arcades. At the meeting point, you'll receive a map and a timetable of the return train, which is available every 45 minutes. You’ll also receive a voucher for the food tasting.  This tour departs every day and will help you discover the city from aboard the San Luca Express train, where the audio guides, available in 8 languages, will tell you about the city until your arrival at the Basilica of San Luca. Here, you can visit the Basilica at your own pace and decide what time to return by consulting the schedules on the map. On board, you will find a member of staff who'll welcome you and provide any information you may require. When you return, you will get to taste typical products in one of the historical markets.

Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

4. Pisa: Square of Miracles Monuments Ticket with Leaning Tower

Discover the marvelous Piazza dei Miracoli with this combo ticket. By booking this experience, you can visit all the open monuments and museums in the square, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa! Make sure you have the easiest and fastest way to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Cathedral, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and the Sinopie Museum and climb the Leaning Tower without queuing up at the ticket office. The visit to all the monuments is subject to a fee, except for the visit to the Cathedral which in any case requires the reservation of the entry time slot. If you buy this experience, you will receive the ticket with scheduled entrance to climb the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, the Museo delle Sinopie and even the Cathedral with quick and untimed access. . Apart from the Tower, you can then visit the other attractions at the time you prefer, during opening hours (Baptistery, Camposanto, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo and Museo delle Sinopie from 9 to 20; Cathedral from 10 to 20). Instructions: 1) Choose the date of your interest and select the number of tickets you want to book; 2) on the day of the visit, go to the Audio Guide Desk and collect your entrance tickets 3) after collecting the tickets you can go up to the Leaning Tower at the reserved entrance time (make sure you arrive 15 minutes before the time slot you booked) and after the Tower, visit the other monuments and museums during opening hours *, showing your ticket to the staff at the entrance of each attraction.

Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

5. Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli Entrance Ticket & Food Tasting

Take in the incredible views from the tallest leaning medieval tower in the world, built between 1109 and 1119. The panoramic view from the Torre degli Asinelli will take your breath away.  After the tower visit, enjoy a food tasting of Bologna's typical products in the city center.

Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

6. Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

A private tour of two hours to discover Modena: a city famous for its historic center with Unesco's sites, for its gastronomy, for the engines, and for the friendliness of its inhabitants. Pleasant in every season, Modena offers visitors extraordinary beauties, all concentrated in its graceful historic center, which recount the splendor of a city for a long time the capital of a duchy, that of the Lords of Este, who resided here since 1598. Unesco has recognized the universal value of its treasures by declaring the Duomo, Piazza Grande and the Ghirlandina Tower World Heritage Sites. Discover these great architectural beauties with our certified tour guide.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

7. Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

Discover Ravenna and visit the most significant monuments of the city on a walking tour. Join your private guide on a gentle stroll through ancient streets and learn about their rich history. Admire the early Christian and Byzantine mosaics, with tickets included. Meet your guide to explore what was the capital of the Western Roman Empire between the 5th and 8th centuries. Travel through local history, from the days of the Roman Empire to the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths, and finally, to the Byzantine Exarchate. Come across the traces of this intricate past, gathered in the splendid early Christian buildings and UNESCO monuments. Access the world-famous mosaics and marvel at their incredible designs. Gaze at the majestic Basilica of San Apollinare.

From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

8. From Bologna or Modena: Parma Gastronomic Tour with Lunch

Discover the production of two excellences of Italian cuisine, Parmigiano Reggiano and Parma Ham, on a gastronomic tour from Bologna. After being picked up from your accommodation in Bologna or Modena Learn more about Parma and its local cuisine that is so popular that it often ends up dominating conversations among locals. Visit a historic Parmigiano Reggiano factory where an expert guide will show you the stages of production, and you'll be able to taste some of the cheese made by the factory. Then, discover more about the production of Parma Ham. Learn the secrets of this Italian delicacy followed by a tasting paired with a glass of local wine.  Following your visit to the Parma Ham factory, enjoy a light lunch at a prosciuttificio with typical products and dishes. Finally, head back to your accommodation in Bologna or Modena.

Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

9. Bologna: 2-Hour Private Guided Walking Tour

Take advange of this tour lead by an expert guide to visit one of the most beautiful (and rich in history) cities of the whole Italy. The itinerary starts with Piazza Maggiore and its civic palaces, all of medieval origins: Palazzo di Re Enzo, Palazzo of the Notaries, Palazzo dei Banchi. In the square is also the Fountain of Neptune, with the precious late Renaissance sculptures by Giambologna; you'll then visit the gothic Basilica of San Petronio (on the façade, sculptures by the Sienese artist Jacopo della Quercia): inside, the precious late gothic paintings of the Cappella Bolognini and the sun-dial designed by the astronomer Cassini (XVII century).  Walking along the Pavaglione Portico and its elegant shops, you'll reach the 16th century Archiginnasio Palace, the old University building, decorated with about 6.000 coats of arms of students. Inside is the 17th century Anatomical Theater, where dissections were held, enriched of statues of doctors and sculptures of anatomy. Through the picturesque alleys of the Mercato di Mezzo, the old market, and its fabulous food shops you'll get to the lovely Square of Santo Stefano, with the complex of Santo Stefano also called the “Jerusalem of Bologna” or “The Seven Churches”, a group of small Romanesque churches.

Bologna: Clock Tower Audio Guide and Food Tasting

10. Bologna: Clock Tower Audio Guide and Food Tasting

This unique experience will let you discover Palazzo d'Accursio, one of the most iconic and impressive places in Bologna. The Clock Tower acts as the beating heart of the city, and you'll explore it using a handy audio guide. While listening to facts and stories on your smartphone, you'll make your way through the various parts of the tower until you finally reach the inner mechanism that makes the clock work. You'll also get to admire the Municipal Art Collections, full of artistic treasures that reveal the history of Bologna, and hear anecdotes about how the building has functioned over the centuries. Finish your day with a tasting of typical products in the city center to get the full Bologna experience! 

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Our guide (Marta) was an art history major who grew up in the area. She spoke perfect English and was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. There were only 3 people on the tour, so it felt very personalized. See everything worth seeing in Ravenna in 3 hours. Incredibly time efficient and and great value. Highly recommended!

The tour was awesome. Marta, the tour guide, was great and very knowledgeable. We were in Ravenna for just one day and the tour was perfect - we not only had a history lesson of the city but also the Roman empire.

Beautiful place. The tower was incredible but my gosh trying to climb it was an experience. I felt drunk climbing & descending, but what an amazing building

it was a brilliant tour. our guide Virginia was very knowledgeable and fun person. I think if you are in Ravenna you definitely should do this tour.

La guía muy profesional, se conocía con todo lujo de detalles la historia y los recovecos de la ciidad