Day 34 – Ravenna

We pass flat lands on the way up the coast to Ravenna.

I pop into a cafe to use the restroom. This friendly woman prepares balls of dough for making yummy sandwiches.

The gate to the Basilica di San Vitale and the the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, built between 425 and 450.

The 6th century Basilica, a UNESCO heritage site, is an example of early Byzantine art.

The mosaics in both buildings are stunning.

The aspe of San Vitale. I could stay forever looking at the brilliant gold and green.

The walls of the Basilica were decorated in stone in the 1600s. Some of the stone is now splitting.

Whimsical ducks cover the ceiling in mosaics.

Giorgio, our guide and former director of the Fabriano Paper Museum, looks at the throne of Maximian, a bishop’s throne that was probably made  in Constantinople and then brought to Ravenna for Maximian (or Maximianus), Archbishop of the city between 546 and 556. It is made of wood covered in ivory panels.

The so-called chasuble of Ronaldo da Concorezzo. This garment is severely degraded, but the layers of fabric make for interesting patterns.

I can’t get a good photo of the texture given the reflections, but my shadow shows well.

We visit Chioggia, an island town with canals like those in Venice.

Some of Chioggia’s buildings are similar to those in Venice.

The bus stop in Chioggia where the vaporettos come to take passengers to Venice.

Leaving the coast we pass marshy areas on our way to Padua.

I am happy to have seen Chioggia and to have revisited Ravenna. There is always more to see. We are on to Padua.

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