Enjoy the ride as you visit two charming towns from long ago, Ravenna with its churches decorated with mosaics and Ferrara with its Renaissance fortress.

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Explore Renaissance cultural capitals, it wasn't just Florence!

This exquisite 9-hour tour with private driver and private guided tours departs from Venice’s Piazzale Roma at 9:00 or 9:30 am.

The first stop is Ferrara, a city that harmoniously blends the atmosphere of the past with the dynamism of today. Whilst basking in the wonders of this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage location, the guide will reveal an exemplary Renaissance town that has remained virtually untouched throughout the centuries. One of Ferrara’s most impressive edifices is the 14th-century Castello Estense, surrounded by a moat and guarded over by four towers.

Time is also dedicated to the ancient city of Ravenna, rich in history and culture and abounding in artworks. Once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, it later served as the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and ultimately the Kingdom of the Lombards. Guests can admire the plethora of mosaic art that bedazzles the city and reflects the Roman and Byzantine influences intermingled with realism and symbolism, such as those adorning the beauteous basilicas and baptisteries. There are also 8 momentous edifices on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, peppered throughout what is today a wonderous and charming town.

The group may then visit the 1500-year-old Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe, an exemplary Byzantine monument reflective of early-Christian times owing to the simple design and utilization of space embellished by sumptuous decorations. Alongside is an extensive archeological area once inhabited by the Roman fleet.

To complete this excursion is a visit to the Romanesque-era Abbey of Pomposa. Initially built in the late-800s, it was then extended several centuries later. The interior’s simplicity presented the perfect canvas for Iacopo da Bologna who spent the 1350s adorning the walls with marvelous frescoes, uniting medieval and Byzantine influences.

The grandeur of the Estense Court is on full display in Ferrara, forging a grand Renaissance atmosphere from the peak of their rule. Due to the historical heart of Ferrara remaining virtually unchanged, UNESCO awarded World Cultural Heritage status to the town in 1995. Ferrara’s layout had a profound influence on the progression of the area throughout the following centuries, with the imposing square-shaped Castello Estense at its heart, having been built around 1385 and partially restored in 1554.

Ravenna is a hub of artworks, history and culture, ever respectful of its ancient origins and splendid past as a capital city. In addition to the architectural and artistic marvels, the city safeguards the remains of Dante, the illustrious Italian poet immortalized through significant cultural events held each year. This peaceful and welcoming city is well worth the time to stroll around, savoring the delightful wonders that await every visitor.The 9th-century Abbey of Pomposa, a Benedictine monastery in the Codigoro municipality, was later extended by an additional 26 feet in the 11th and 12th centuries. The interior stone walls and wood-truss roof are purposefully simple, accented only by the raised sanctuary in the apse. This Abbey houses an extensive collection of books and manuscripts from Carolingian times.


  • This exemplary itinerary may be adapted to suit the group’s travel date and opening hours of the locations visited.
  • A full-day excursion with a private driver plus 4/5 hours of private tours with a licensed guide to explore the historic towns visited.
  • Add a one-way private boat ride to Piazzale Roma from your hotel in Venice for an additional cost.
  • Visit 2 historic towns of the utmost historic importance plus two impressive places of worship in the surrounding countryside.
So that this tour may be tailored to individual preferences, any entry costs, food and beverages are additional, to be paid by guests directly on the day. This ensures our guests may experience the best of the region exactly as they wish. Our driver would be happy to provide dining suggestions.