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The National Museum of Ravenna is situated in former Benedictine monastery of San Vitale, and contains important testimonies of the ancient collections together with materials from the major early Christian and Byzantine monuments of Ravenna
Located in the monumental complex of San Vitale, the National Museum of Ravenna collects important archaeological findings, including funeral steles and Roman inscriptions, and collections of minor arts. The original nucleus of the museum originated from the collections formed during the eighteenth century by the learned monks of the major city abbeys.
On the first floor, in the neat Benedictine architecture, we can see an important collection of ivories, fine Renaissance bronze, a rich group of icons, a section dedicated to majolica ceramics and a fascinating collection
of ancient weapons. Among the most prestigious finds one can see oriental marble capitals, decorated sarcophagi and other artifacts from the fifth and sixth centuries.
The best known works are those from the early Christian and Byzantine monuments in the Unesco World Heritage List, including the transennas and the cross of San Vitale and the preparatory sketch (sinopia) for the mosaic of Sant’Apollinare in Classe. Inside the museum there is also the important cycle of frescoes of the fourteenth century, a masterpiece by Pietro da Rimini, detached from the ancient church of Santa Chiara in
Via San Vitale, 17 - Ravenna
Fully accessible to mobility-impaired visitors
museum management +39 0544 543710 / +39 0544 543720
Ticket office and bookshop:
tel. 0544 21 39 02
Normally closed January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. Last adimission: 30 minutes before closing time.
Full: 6,00 €
Reduced 2,00 € (Young people aged between 18 and 25 years, upon presentation of valid identity card or passport);
Free for the "Romagna Visit Card" holders
For every information and selling points: http://www.romagnavisitcard.it/
Free of charge for all people under 18 years upon presentation of valid identity card or passport, the first sundays of each month from October to March and on July 23th, December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, August 14th and 15th;
for citizens of non-EU Countries, only upon mutual agreement.