For a less obvious taste of what Italy has to offer, visit Ravenna – a hidden gem amongst the usual destinations of Rome and Venice. And as ever, Cruise 1st Australia has some fantastic deals on offer.
You can see the latest deals on cruises visiting Ravenna on our Mediterranean cruise deals page. Alternatively, read on to find out why so many people rave about this wonderful place.
Ravenna is a relatively small city, located a few miles off Italy’s north east coast. For a brief period it was the capital of the Roman Empire. Today it is one of the country’s most fascinating cities, and one that doesn’t make it onto enough people’s ‘must-visit’ lists.
Ravenna is especially worth visiting for those interested in religious history and art. The country’s many churches are decorated with stunning mosaics, built by Byzantine craftsman in Roman times. And the various basilicas and museums are a treasure trove for people interested in that particular era.
In particular, the Basilica di San Vitale is well worth a visit, with its mosaics representing scenes from the Old Testament. And legend has it that the mosaics in the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo were once ordered to be blackened because they were distracting worshippers. Both buildings boast some of the most stunning architecture in the city.
Meanwhile the Mausoleo de Teodorico, built in 520 for Gothic king Teodorico, is another must-see.
The city is easy to navigate, with regular bus services and many top attractions within easy walking distance of each other.
Our cruises visiting Ravenna also visit top European destinations such as Barcelona, Venice, Rome and Nice.
Book your cruise visiting Ravenna
You can book a cruise visiting Ravenna and other wonderful European destinations on our Mediterranean cruise deals page.
Here are our latest cheap deals on cruises visiting Ravenna:
Mediterranean & Venice (fly/stay/cruise)
Cruising on Vision of the Seas
30th August 2015 for 16 nights
After your flight from Australia, your cruise begins in Barcelona, where you’ll stay the night in a hotel. From there you will visit Nice (Villefranche), Florence/Pisa, Rome (Civitavecchia), Naples, Venice, Ravenna, Kotor and then back to Barcelona before the return flight.
Remember, this deal is just the latest we have available at the time of writing. We regularly update our list of deals, so make sure you check back if you can’t see anything that suits you. You can also use the search tool on our website to see what we might have missed.
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