Imperial Majesty in Ravenna & Venice
Last Bastions of the Byzantine Empire in Northern Italy
The last capital of the Western Roman Empire, Ravenna was reconquered by Justinian and became the seat of an Exarchate. As an imperial city, Ravenna flourished and was adorned with churches decorated by the best Byzantine artists. The Basilica of San Vitale, built by the banker Julius Argentarius, contains some of the finest Byzantine mosaics outside of Constantinople, as well as the most famous portraits of Justinian and his colourful wife, Theodora. Venice, which was part of the Exarchate of Ravenna, grew wealthy from its connection to the east, while becoming enriched by Byzantine culture. The Basilica of San Marco, once the private chapel of the Venetian Doges, was based on the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Its stunning mosaics remain an unsurpassed panoply of Byzantine art. The result was an unparalleled collection of Byzantine art, with its unique domed architecture and shimmering mosaics.
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What to Expect
- Enjoy two exclusive private evening visits to the Byzantine basilicas of San Vitale and San Marco
- An exclusive, private visit to the Biblioteca Marciana, famed for its important collection of Byzantine manuscripts
- Explore the unique Basilicas of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello and Santa Maria e Donato in Murano