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From: Uniworld River Countess cruise review

Day 5 (3)

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After touring the basilica and mausoleum, we were given the option of heading off on our own or visiting the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo (shown above). We chose the church.


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Sant'Apollinare Nuovo was built around the beginning of the 6th Century. The outside isn't particularly impressive, but the interior is another story: The rectangular space is decorated with 26 religious scenes, all rendered in Byzantine-style mosaics:

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We were especially taken by an homage to the Three Kings, a.k.a. the Three Wise Men...


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...and a blingy portrait of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I.


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Another stop during our walk was Dante's Tomb. Dane Alighieri, Italy's most famous poet, wrote The Divine Comedy in Ravenna and died in the city after catching malaria in 1321.


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Day-by-day River Countess cruise photos:
Day 1: Embarkation in Venice
Day 2: Venice
Day 3: Cruising to Chioggia, Padua
Day 4: Bologna
Day 5: Ravenna
Day 6: Verona
Day 7: Venice
Day 8: Disembarkation

Also see:
Uniworld River Countess cruise review
River Countess itinerary map
Venice Santa Marta pier (with map)
Venice for Cruisers