Seeing the early Christian monuments and Late Antiquity (and Byzantine) mosaics in Ravenna is easy as the sites have long opening hours and combination admission tickets.
Ravenna in northeastern Italy between Venice and Bologna has some of the most splendid monuments from the Late Antiquity period. Eight sites have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list as superb examples of early Christian monuments and Late Antiquity and Byzantine mosaics. Opening hours are generally long without a closing day. Five of the sights are seen on the same combination ticket, one is free, and the other two offer various options.
Combination Tickets for UNESCO Sights in Ravenna
The UNESCO-listed monuments can be divided into the sights in central Ravenna, which use a single combination ticket, and those outside the center, which can be seen on individual or combination tickets.
Tickets for Sights in Central Ravenna:
The ticket is available from any of these sites (for the Neonian Baptistery buy at the Archbishop’s Museum). Single admission tickets are not available.
The ticket is currently €9.50 (€8.50 for children) and valid for a single entry per site within a week of purchase.
Admission to the Arian Baptistery is free, which helps to explain why it is the first site to close due to personnel shortages.
The National Museum in the San Vitale complex uses a separate ticket (€6).
Tickets for Sights Outside Central Ravenna
The UNESCO-listed sites outside central Ravenna can be seen on individual or combination tickets.
- Admission to the Mausoleum of Theodoric is €4.
- Admission to the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe is €5.
- Combination tickets for the Mausoleum, Basilica and the National Museum of Ravenna (at San Vitale) are €10. (Note that the museum is closed on Monday.)
Opening Hours of Monuments in Ravenna
Opening hours of the UNESCO-listed sites in Ravenna are generally long with sights open daily, with the notable exception of the National Museum of Ravenna that is closed on Monday.
Expect sites to be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and soem other holidays. If visiting on a public holiday, or December 24 or 31, a phone call may save unnecessary disappointment, as even the official publications and websites in English fail to mention hours on these days.
Last admissions are officially 15 minutes before closing time but the ticket offices at some close 30 minutes before closing time.
The top sights are open daily, although some smaller sights may have shorter hours in the off season (especially the Mausoleum of Theoderic).
|March to October||November to February|
|Basilica de San Vitale|
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
Archbishops Chapel with Museum
|9:00 – 19:00||10:00 – 17:00|
|Mausoleum of Theoderic||8:30 – 19:00||8:30 – 16.30|
|Monday to Saturday||Sunday|
|Sant’Apollinare in Classe||8:30 – 19:30||13:00 – 19:30|
|National Museum of Ravenna||8:30 – 19:30||Closed on Monday|
Ravenna is hugely popular with tour groups and cruise boat excursions. When arriving at the same time as a cruise excursion group, the sites can get crowded. However, don’t despair, as groups generally move on fast.
Even better, temporary join the group and get a free guided tour. Italian historic sites generally control strictly who may give guided tours. The guide will most likely be a specialist giving facts and pointing out interesting bits in a melodic Italian accent. Enjoy the monument in peace when the group moves on or ask to enter for a second viewing.