Have you heard of 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 three hundred majestic years, Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the fifth century, the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths in the first half of the sixth 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!