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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.

Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

2. Ferrara: City Highlights Walking Tour with Local Guide

Let's start from the Estense Castle, symbol of the city, from which we can admire Corso Ercole I d'Este, the road that connects the Castle to the north gate of the walls, crossing the Renaissance Addition commissioned from Ercole I d'Este and realized by the Ferrarese architect Biagio Rossetti. We continue in the medieval square where we find the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral dedicated to San Giorgio and the Palazzo Ducale, the first Estense residence and today the Town Hall. Crossing the ancient streets of San Romano and Delle Volte we will arrive to the evocative Jewish Ghetto with its Synagogues, still today a point of reference for the Jewish community of Ferrara.

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

3. 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.

Ravenna: Private Walking Tour With Mosaics

4. 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.

Modena: 2-Hour Private Walking Tour

5. 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: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

6. Ravenna: Dante Alighieri's Lifetime & Landmarks Walking Tour

Ravenna is the last shelter of Dante, the father of the italian language, and it is the city that hosts his grave which is the starting point of our tour. Retrace the traces left by the Supreme Poet in Ravenna during the fourteenth century and all the following years, visiting not only his tomb, but also the Basilica of San Francesco that hosted his solemn funerals on September 13th, 1321 and walking aroud the city center to discover Dante Alighieri’s adventures in his last years, the exile, the life in the city, the death and the struggling dispute for his remains, as well as the enhancements of the sepulchre over the centuries.

Pisa: Square of Miracles Entry Tickets and Audio Guide

7. Pisa: Square of Miracles Entry Tickets and Audio Guide

By booking this experience, you can visit all the open monuments and museums in the square, with the exception of the Tower. Secure your fast-track tickets to the Baptistery, Cemetery, Cathedral, the Opera del Duomo Museum and the Sinopie Museum. To enrich your visiting experience, you will have an audio guide available, which includes itineraries to independently discover the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Cemetery and the Opera del Duomo Museum. 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 a skip-the-line ticket to visit the Baptistery, the Camposanto, the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, the Sinopie Museum, as well as the reservation with quick access to the Cathedral. You will be entitled to the official audio guide with 4 audio tours dedicated to the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Camposanto and the Opera del Duomo Museum: over 70 listening points, 5 languages available (Italian, English, French, German and Spanish) and 2 hours of audio to independently discover the monuments and museums of Piazza del Duomo, one of the areas with the highest concentration of artistic masterpieces in the world. Instructions: 1) Choose the date of your interest and select the number of entrance tickets or tickets + audio guides you want to book; 2) On the day of the visit, go to the Audio Guide Desk in Piazza dei Miracoli, at the entrance to the Sinopie Museum, showing your reservation to collect your ticket and your audio guide. 3) After collecting the tickets and the audio guide, go directly to the entrance of the attraction Monuments opening hours: Baptistery, Camposanto, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Museo delle Sinopie: from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Cathedral from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.. [Last admission: 30 minutes before closing] Audio guide pick-up time: every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Audio guide available in: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish

Ravenna: Highlights Private Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

8. Ravenna: Highlights Private Walking Tour with Entry Tickets

Although it is a town like many others in Italy, Ravenna boasts a very important artistic heritage, cultural richness, and historical roots. A visit could not possibly exclude the discovery of its most important treasures. Literally, Ravenna is a place that must be seen a piece by piece. And it could not be otherwise, given the number of mosaics (famously made of pieces) that this locality preserves. With this activity, accompanied by a 100% local guide you will go around the city streets discovering all its important historical vicissitudes that mix distant eras, Empires, Barbarian poets, and great stories of conquests and conspiracies. You won't have to think about anything as admission to major monuments such as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of St. Apollinare Nuovo, and others will already be booked for you. But 3 hours is by no means enough to discover all the beauty of the city and since the tour gives you access to many other monuments in the city therefore you can continue to explore the city even after the guided tour is over.

Bologna: Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

9. Bologna: Churches and Cathedrals Walking Tour

Bologna is rich in well-known churches and cathedrals. From the Basilica of San Petronio to the Cathedral of San Pietro, you will discover the wonders of ecclesiastical Bologna. During the tour you will range from Gothic to Baroque churches crossing centuries of history. Did you know that San Petronio is the largest brick-built Gothic church in the world? Discover many other curiosities with your expert guide! At the end of your tour, enjoy a tasty treat in the city centre.

Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

10. Sanctuary of S. Luca with Train and Private Guide

The arcade that connects Porta Saragozza to the Sanctuary of San Luca is the longest in the world. Within its 3.5 kilometers there are 666 arches, each marked by a number: the first 306 connect Porta Saragozza to Meloncello Arch, while the last 360 are located in the hilly area from Meloncello to Colle della Guardia. These are spaced out by 15 chapels illustrating the mystery of the rosary. The tour starts from Piazza Maggiore with a little train ride to Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca. Begin the guided tour with the Sanctuary of San Luca and its panoramic forecourt with an optional visit to the Dome of the Sanctuary to admire the panorama of the city. Enjoy the descent with a little train ride along the arcade that leads to Meloncello's Arch and then along via Saragozza. Passing through Porta Saragozza, arrive at the Collegio di Spagna and de'Carbonesi, continuing via Massimo d'Azeglio you’ll return to Piazza Maggiore.

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based on 53 reviews

The guide managed to make us visit 5 important sites in three hours, providing us with adequate explanations with attention to its historical and artistic details. I've made other visits documenting myself but from now on I think I'll always rely on a guided tour because it's something else entirely.

Very pleased we chose to take the tour rather than self guide. We had Marta, the guide, to ourselves and she was very engaging and enthusiastic to share her knowledge of the wonderful history and treasures of Ravenna. Thoroughly recommend. Easy booking process and friendly staff.

It was a very pleasant experience. An excellent organization in the times and themes chosen. The guide was very knowledgeable and engaging.

This was an enjoyable way to see Ravenna and the Mosaics. Marina was an excellent guide and the 3 hours passed quickly.

Excellent guide with great knowledge and enthusiasm