Basilica di San Vitale
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San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy

Basilica di San Vitale

The Basilica di San Vitale is supposed to be one of the most important and beautiful architectural monuments in all of Italy and should not be missed. It is on our list of places to visit.

The Basilica is a classic Byzantine structure and is designed as a double octagonal shell with a domed octagonal core and is one of the Ravennafinest examples of early Christian Byzantine architecture in Western Europe. It is one of eight structures in Ravenna on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Basilica di San Vitale is most famous for its mosaics, which are the largest and best preserved Byzantine mosaics found anywhere outside of Constantinople.

How to get there?  The Basilica is located in the center of Ravenna, in the Via San Vitale. You can reach Ravenna from the A14, turning off the A14 and approaching the city center through Casermone San Bartolo and Lugo-Cotignola. This route will take you directly down to the SS16, where you turn right on to the Via Classicana, before turning left on to the Via Faentina.


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