The shortest route to get to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe
A round trip from Ravenna to Classe in 14 km. Not much more than a walk on two wheels that will take you to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, Unesco World Heritage monument.
An easy and short itinerary for everyone, an exciting encounter with history and traditions.
A route recommended to those who – while visiting Ravenna – want to mix art and culture with some relaxing physical activity. The whole itinerary runs on cycle paths or in low-traffic areas.
Built to house the remains of the patron saint of the city, Apollinaris, the basilica was raised over a cemeterial area in the first half of the 6th century AD, and the protobishop Apollinaris himself was supposedly buried here.
The basilica was financed by Giuliano Argentario, on behest of Bishop Ursicino (533 – 536 AD). However, it was consecrated only a few years later (549 AD), under the archbishopric of Massimiano.
Imposing and majestic, with a 30-metre-high facade and almost twice as long, it has been defined as the greatest basilica of the Early Christian period known today.