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Last Bastions of the Byzantine Empire in Northern Italy

The last capital of the Western Roman Empire, Ravenna was reconquered by Justinian and became the seat of an Exarchate. As an imperial city, Ravenna flourished and was adorned with churches decorated by the best Byzantine artists. The Basilica of San Vitale, built by the banker Julius Argentarius, contains some of the finest Byzantine mosaics outside of Constantinople, as well as the most famous portraits of Justinian and his colourful wife, Theodora. Venice, which was part of the Exarchate of Ravenna, grew wealthy from its connection to the east, while becoming enriched by Byzantine culture. The Basilica of San Marco, once the private chapel of the Venetian Doges, was based on the Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople. Its stunning mosaics remain an unsurpassed panoply of Byzantine art. The result was an unparalleled collection of Byzantine art, with its unique domed architecture and shimmering mosaics.

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy two exclusive private evening visits to the Byzantine basilicas of San Vitale and San Marco
  • An exclusive, private visit to the Biblioteca Marciana, famed for its important collection of Byzantine manuscripts
  • Explore the unique Basilicas of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello and Santa Maria e Donato in Murano

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Deposit: £750 Single supplement: £660

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Oliver Gilkes

Andante Guide Lecturer

Oliver is an archaeologist of eclectic experience. Currently he works as a freelance consulting archaeologist, and provides advice for Andante Travels on designing as well as leading a number of tour groups.

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Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
1 November 2023 ARVV231101 1 November 2023 (Wednesday) 8 November 2023 (Wednesday) Oliver Gilkes £3,750
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20 March 2024 ARVV240320 20 March 2024 (Wednesday) 27 March 2024 (Wednesday) Tony O’Connor £4,060
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30 October 2024 ARVV241030 30 October 2024 (Wednesday) 6 November 2024 (Wednesday) Oliver Gilkes £4,060
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£750 £660 Book your trip
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