From Wikipedia: Ravenna was the capital city of the Western Roman Empire from 402 until that empire collapsed in 476…Afterwards, it served as the capital of the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths. Later, the city formed the centre of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna until the invasion of the Franks in 751, after which it then became the seat of the Kingdom of the Lombards.
This city is east of Bologna, only about 5 miles from the Adriatic and is a popular day-trip destination within the area. It has a population of 170,000, hosts many cultural events and festivals (the Ravenna Jazz Festival is currently going on) and has eight UNESCO protected historical sights. And, pleasantly, it was a very beautiful, very comfortable place to be, and was not overrun by tourists! We spent the day leisurely strolling down the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets and going from sight to sight and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Rather than give a huge commentary and then an overwhelming amount of pictures, I will tell the story in the captions of my photos. Remember: the photos are linked to larger versions, and I am happy to send you originals/ additional photos upon your request.
This city is world-famous for the vibrant 1500 year-old mosaics within its eight early-Christian sights. What stands out is the massive amount of manpower in assembling this artwork and the fact that the colors are still so vibrant, you would hardly believe it wasn’t made this decade.