Ravenna (San Marino) is renowned for its preserved 5th-6th century churches and buildings filled with splendid Christian mosaics. A charming town, it also offers easy access to Bologna, famed for its cuisine, and the tiny republic of San Marino.
Everything resolves into clarity if you can just achieve the proper perspective. Take the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, for example. What may look like a lovely collection of bright squares may, when you step back, transform into a mosaic that depicts a sea voyage, or an image of Jesus, or a choir of angels. Ravenna, the former capital of the Western Roman Empire, is famed for its mosaics, from Sant’ Apollinare in Classe to the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia. The port town and cruise destination is also a gateway to the Apenine republic of San Marino, the oldest surviving sovereign state in the world, and one of the smallest.
The “Mosaic City” of Ravenna is renowned for its 1500-year-old churches, decorated with exquisite Byzantine mosaics of brilliant color and amazing detail. It can also be a gateway to other spots with claims to historical fame. Bologna, with its magnificently preserved, uniform architectural style, and not one, but two leaning towers, is the site of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, for which the term “university” was coined. And the tiny Republic of San Marino, dating from 301 AD, it is perhaps the oldest surviving state and constitutional republic in the world.