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Art highlights the city of Ravenna, Italy

September 23, 2010 - 2:22am
Mosaics are popular in Ravenna
Exploring a foreign culture is one of the main inspirations for a Europe tour. The old continent is bursting with mysterious and ancient structures, rich and tasty food and - of course - some of the most celebrated works of art in the world. While many escorted tours may invite travelers to visit celebrated museums like the Louvre or the British Museum, art-loving travelers who prefer to head off the beaten path a bit will definitely want to check out the Italian city of Ravenna, long celebrated for its many mosaic artworks.

Located in the Emilia-Romagna region, Ravenna has played an important role in classical Italian history. The city served as the capital of the Western Roman Empire from the 402 until 476 A.D., and was later a key location during the reigns of the Ostrogoths and the Lombards.

As such, the city contains many old and beautiful structures that are sure to entice tourists to explore Ravenna. The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is one of the big draws to the city, thanks to its unique cross-shaped structure and connection to the Roman Empire.

Travelers will also want to visit the Basilica of San Vitale, a large church that contains some of the largest and most ornate mosaics in the country.