Eight of the most ancient monuments of Ravenna have been recognised as Unesco World Heritage sites.
They preserve stunning polychrome mosaics of early Christian and Byzantine age, dating back between the 5th and the 6th century AD, which represent the artistic splendour of this city during a crucial time for the history of Europe, namely between the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages.
Why take a school trip to Ravenna?
To visit the Unesco World Heritage monuments of Ravenna is to travel through the history of Italy, from the fall of the Roman Empire to the central centuries of the Middle Ages.
You will have the possibility to learn more about late antique, Byzantine and early medieval art, understand the evolution of mosaic art but also compare important architectural and decorative aspects of religious buildings and their subsequent influences.
The mosaics in the basilicas of the city allow visitors to admire important religious depictions, maybe guided by a famous writer and poet as Dante Alighieri.
Which are the Unesco monuments in Ravenna?
Diocese of Ravenna owns 5 Unesco World Heritage monuments:
- BASILICA OF SAN VITALE
- BASILICA OF SANT’APOLLINARE NUOVO
- MAUSOLEUM OF GALLA PLACIDIA
- NEONIAN BAPTISTERY
- ARCHIEPISCOPAL CHAPEL (or ST. ANDREW CHAPEL)
You can access the monuments thanks to a CUMULATIVE TICKET that can be purchased online or in one of the ticket offices in the city.
HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS
Concession: the ticket costs € 9,50 per student (it is not possible to buy a ticket for each single monument) + € 2,00 additional charge for the entrance to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Neonian Baptistery.
Free admission*: citizens of Ravenna, children up to 10 years, disabled people with certified disability over 74% or “Carta Bianca” holders, accompanying teachers (1 free teacher every 10 students).
* The additional charge (€ 2,00) for the entrance to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and the Neonian Baptistery must always be paid.
Every class of students will also be given a dvd about Ravenna. Ask for it when you book your visit at +39 0544 541688.
Only groups of more than 15 people can plan their itinerary and buy the tickets up until ten days before the visit by contacting the information and booking office.
Direzione Regionale Musei Emilia-Romagna owns the other three Unesco monuments of the city:
HOW MUCH ARE THE TICKETS
Full price ticket: the Arian Baptistery does not have reduced-price tickets. Admission costs € 2,00.
Concession (citizens of the EU between 18 and 25 years old): € 2,00 for the Basilica of Sant’Apollionare in Classe; € 2,00 for the Mausoleum of Theodoric.
Free admission: admission to the Arian Baptistery, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe and the Mausoleum of Theodoric is free for citizens of the EU under 18 years old and for Italian school groups accompanied by their teachers.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket offices of the monuments. You can also buy cumulative tickets.