Ferrara, Ravenna and surrounding area
This tour takes in a visit around the walls of Ferrara and crosses the new city of Duke Hercules I of the Este Family, the so called Addizione Erculea, with its gardens and noble palaces the most famous of whicb being the Diamond Palace. The tour continues in the direction of the Castle symbol of Ferrara ,and the Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of the town Saint George, in the Cathedral square are important statues of members of the Este family. The visit proceeds through the narrow winding streets of the Jewish Ghetto to the oldest part of the town, Via delle Volte with its numerous vaulted buildings.
After a break for lunch there is the transfer to Ravenna. Stopping by the Basilica of Sant′Apollinare in Classe, 5 kilometres from Ravenna, it is possible to admire the magnificent mosaics, the elegant marble columns and the precious sarcophagus containing the remains of important bishops of Ravenna. The tour continues with a visit to the Mausoleum of Theodoric, the most famous tomb of the Ostrogoths, dating back to 520AD. Another monument associated with the presence of Theodoric is the Baptistery of the Arians build by the emperor in the first part of the VI century and dedicated to the arian cult. The tour ends with a visit to the tomb of Dante, whose funeral celebrations took place in the nearby Church of San Francesco in 1321.