"Wandering through Perugia, we felt like we’d travelled back in time, we stunning piazzas at every turn and history pouring from every corner."
Explore luscious rolling countryside in Tuscany and peaceful Umbria. Feel the magnetic allure of the cliff-top villages in colourful Cinque Terre in the Italian Riviera. Buried deep underground through winding secret passageways, explore the literary namesake of Narnia, concealed in a fortress of secrets, hidden for centuries in Umbria. And you’ll discover exquisite UNESCO-listed heritage mosaics in coastal Ravenna.
Have you heard of Ravenna?
Taking a passeggiata – a slow, gentle stroll - around the heart of this humble coastal town, you’d never guess that in the Golden Age, Ravenna was thrice one of the most important cities in medieval Italy. Within its walls, Ravenna holds its secret crowning glory - stunning, ornate mosaics that grace the ceilings of churches, baptisteries and mausolea. Over 300 majestic years, Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century, the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths in the first half of the 6th century and the Byzantine Exarchate in the latter. It became a haven for local craftsmen, who used thousands of tiles to transform the ceilings of eight early Christian monuments into a dazzling display featuring emperors, saints and lambs. Each Ravennate reign bequeathed beautiful mosaics to the city. Ravenna is now a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its supreme artistry and the crucial evidence it holds of religious relationships. For mosaic lovers, making a pilgrimage to see the largest and best-preserved mosaics outside of Constantinople is a must. It must be one of Italy’s best kept secrets – until now!
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