Ravenna Mosaics

Jul 30th, 2016, 08:33 AM
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Ravenna Mosaics

Realistically, can they be "done" in one day? Am thinking of staying over in Bologna and using rail to get back and forth or should we think of actually staying over a night or two?

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Jul 30th, 2016, 09:19 AM
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I think we did four sites in a day (actually twice) but there is one that is a bit out of town that I have not seen. But the ones in town are easily walkable, as I remember, two of them are quite compact. We stayed overnight on one visit as we were coming from Venice, then going onward, maybe to Florence. But if Bologna is not too long of a train ride, I would think doing it as a day trip would be just fine.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 09:56 AM
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Thank you, Suec1. We are trying to decide whether or not to do a Croatia-Greece cruise for a week or spend the week doing places like Ravenna, Bologna, and Florence before going on to Venice and Verona.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 10:17 AM
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It's nice when life has difficult choices such as this! Either itinerary sounds wonderful.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 10:19 AM
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The mosaics of Raqvenna and Classe can perfectly be visited in 1 day if you leave Bologna not too late in the morning and don't mind come back rather late.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 03:05 PM
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We did a cruise once that included Croatian ports, Corfu and a day in Ravenna. Unfortunately, I can't remember the cruise line - It was about 10 years ago. Maybe a good cruise agent would know the answer.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 04:55 PM
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We visited Ravenna as a day trip from Bologna and had no difficulty visiting all the mosaics, including Classe.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 04:56 PM
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Bring binoculars.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 05:56 PM
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Gwen, I've ruled out the cruise which stops at Ravenna (if we do, in fact, cruise at all) since the other ports on the particular itinerary aren't all that interesting, among other factors, but I appreciate your suggestion.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 06:06 PM
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We drove through Ravenna years ago and stopped for lunch and a long afternoon walking around which was plenty for us. I agree that binoculars can be good and I always bring a small mirror to Italy which help you see the painted ceilings without hurting your neck.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 07:49 PM
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I have done Ravenna twice as a day trip, but both times basing in Ferrara. I took binoculars the second time and had a better zoom lens.
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Jul 30th, 2016, 11:47 PM
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Yes, they can be done in one day. We did it from Bologna, including a stop in Faenza for the ceramics museum.
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Jul 31st, 2016, 01:35 AM
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Yes they can be done in a day, buy a "24" hour ticket. We stayed over but the timing was something like 2pm to 11am and certainly that would work out well to be like a day trip. You'd need to check opening times to make best use and I suspect Mondays would be tricky (but I don't know). The smaller sites can be affected by queues, so knock them off early before the buses turn up.

The Faenza museum is fantastic, we had the place to ourselves and a time limit to catch a train. Did a 2 hour run through (literally)
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Jul 31st, 2016, 03:20 AM
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The Classe mosaics are a bit out of town and I think would require a taxi. We missed them, and I have been sorry ever since. You could do them all in a day from Bologna by rail if you were willing to make it a longish day.

The mosaics are astonishing.
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Jul 31st, 2016, 03:44 AM
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> The mosaics are astonishing.

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Jul 31st, 2016, 05:47 AM
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Thank you very much for your very helpful replies. I do wonder, however, exactly what the binoculars are supposed to do. Are they helpful in magnifying the detail on ceilings? Are these buildings like the Church on the Spilled Blood (for those of you who may be familiar with it) in terms of ceiling height, building size...?
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Jul 31st, 2016, 06:10 AM
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Actually, I just looked at a YouTube of one of the sites so now I have a much better understanding of the situation. Thanks again.
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Jul 31st, 2016, 06:21 AM
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Yes, the binoculars are for seeing details since many of the mosaics are high on walls and ceilings, which can be highly detailed. Other travelers spotted me using my compact 6x18 compact binoculars (more like opera glasses magnification) and commented to me that they wish they had them.

You can also take the number 4 bus from the Ravenna train station or from a stop along Via di Roma to reach Classe.

As mentioned, the majority of the sights are easily walkable from one another. After two six-night stays for mosaic workshops, I average 15 minutes at most to walk from one side if the center to the other.
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Jul 31st, 2016, 06:47 AM
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Great info, thanks. We are taking a cruise next year with a day in Ravenna
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