Monday, October 16, 2017

Revenna - a train ride away from Bologna

It's day 5 in Italy and we are taking a 1 1/2 hour train ride to Revenna.  I can't tell you how many times over the years Mike has told me how much he wants to go to see Revenna.  So we have fulfilled a dream today.  The theme for today is Mosaics.
Since we have been going non-stop for 4 days.  I decided to just take the very light Coolpix B500 camera with me.  It makes for a much lighter backpack.  I missed having the D500 for a lot of the shots - and missed getting some shots as I am still learning how to use the camera. 

First stop was the Basilica di San Vitale.  We also saw the Mausole di Galla Placide which is in the same complex.

Then we moved on to the Domus Tappeti di Pietra which has the largest private home preservation of mosaics.  It was so interesting how they showed the different layers of excavation.  I don't remember the exact layers here - but in so many places the problem becomes - what to save. 

Next stop is Bisilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo.

Our next stop is supposed to be Biscilica di Sant'Appolinere in Classe.  It is way - way out of town.  We will take the bus.  We walk to what we think is the bus stop and pass a church called Santa Maria in Porto Madonna Grecca.  So we take pictures and take a peek inside.  You can see from the 2nd picture that the front is clearly a facade.  That has been a reoccurring theme as well in Italy.  Lots of stuff got destroyed in WW2.

We just missed the bus No 4.  So we thought we had about 30 minutes to wait - but no, Sunday is considered a holiday so we waited an hour.  We finally made it to Sant'Appolinare in Classe only to spend about 10 minutes - with another 50 minutes to wait for the return bus.  It's already around
4pm - maybe time for lunch?  We found a cafe but lunch in Italy is only served until around 3-3:30, but they graciously made us a couple of sandwiches.
We have a 6:41 Train back to Bologna - time for one more stop.  Another church and baptistery.  This one is called Cappella di Sant'Andrea and Battistero Meoniano.

I will finish off with a couple of street scenes in Revenna.