Trip to Ravenna

Trip to Ravenna

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

I don’t write much about side trips, churches, monuments and such things but decided that the day trip merited a post. Ravenna is famous for byzantine mosaics and I saw a lot of them. Ravenna was the center of byzantine control in Italy starting in 540 and lasted for a couple of hundred years.  During this time several religious buildings were constructed with spectacular mosaics which have survived quite well for almost 1500 years.
I was one of only two students that accompanied Francesca on this day trip. Francesca studied history at university and is keenly interested in all things historical and always leads the biweekly day trips to one city or another. We met at the train at around 8:45, bought our tickets from the machine, stamped them to validate them before boarding the train (a requirement) and made our way to Ravenna. We toured the monuments, ate a light lunch at a bar something that resembled a calzone but much thinner. Apparently this is a food very regional to the area but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of those little thingies. If there you are sure to see signs for them.

After lunch I was pretty much tired of churches and museums. In truth not my favorite places. There’s lot of beauty but at some point it all starts to look alike and I want to just go have a glass of wine or something. After lunch Francesca and the Turkish journalist went to the two remaining churches while I just walked around and window shopped. At midday most stores are closed, unfortunately, so I didn’t buy anything.

So here are the photos.

8 Responses to “Trip to Ravenna”

  1. Gabriele Says:

    la foto con la dicitura “mosaics on te celing” rappresenta, però, un affresco del seicento; la Chiesa di San Vitale è stata rimaneggiata nel tempo.
    Per pranzo avete mangiato piadina con lo squacquerone? 🙂

  2. Joe Says:

    Grazie per il correzione. Per pranzo non ho mangiato piadina, almeno penso di no. Ho mangiato piadine a Bologna – sono come un gran taco;^) Queste invece erano sigillati, come un calzone ma sottile. Dentro mio erano salsice e mozzarella.


  3. Ellie Says:

    Ravenna is the first city I went with Francesca……I am not that impressed with this city as many people do.

  4. Joe Says:

    Yes, but the mosaics are certainly unique.

  5. jan Says:


    I love the photos!

  6. Joe Says:

    I noticed that I duplicated one. Maybe I’ll go back and fix it or maybe I’ll continue to be “pigro”.


  7. Debby Says:

    What a wonderful side trip and what beautiful pictures. Thanks Joe I am grateful for your stories. Debby

  8. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the praise. It’s always appreciated.

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