We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Via di Roma, 48121, Ravenna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0544 541688
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Half-day Walking Tour in Ravenna
More Info
and up
Ravenna and its Enchanting Mosaics Full-day Tour

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 976 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 179
  • 40
    Very good
  • 6
  • 0
  • 0
Lights Out At 4:00

OK, the mosaics and history at Basilica S. Appolinaire Nuovo are incredible, but most are so high up near the ceiling that one can’t appreciate them. The history of why changes... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Somers Point, New Jersey
Add Photo Write a Review

976 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 225: English reviews
Somers Point, New Jersey
Level Contributor
176 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, the mosaics and history at Basilica S. Appolinaire Nuovo are incredible, but most are so high up near the ceiling that one can’t appreciate them. The history of why changes were made to the mosaics are very interesting. At 4:00 p.m. on a very dark, rainy day, they turned the lights off, so we really couldn’t appreciate the works.... More 

Thank thepetalpusher
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

San Vitale perhaps has finer mosaics, but Sant'Apollinare Nuovo definitely has the most. The church is like a Byzantine comic strip with New Testament scenes running all along the sides of the nave. I loved the image of Christ raising Lazarus from the dead where Lazarus is depicted as a mummy in his tomb. You can even spot disembodied hands... More 

Thank WAH83
Sacile, Italy
Level Contributor
116 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A splended early church design containing large beautiful mosaics. A must to see and then compare to Basilica di S. Vitale.

Thank Jamie S
Ashland, Oregon
Level Contributor
195 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Like San Vitale and the mausoleum adjacent to it, this basilica has absolutely beautiful mosaics, and it should not be missed.

Thank ilubliner
Milan, Italy
Level Contributor
59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

It was our first taste of the mosaics in Ravenna. It's beautiful. Sadly the alter has no mosaics. Worth going first before going to San vitale and the basilica di Sant' appollinare in classe that are more magnificent.

Thank The-Milan-Chick
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

This is one of 5 places to visit with a single ticket that you can buy for about ten euro and it allows you to visit the main attraction and must see historical places in Ravenna. You can purchase your ticket there and walk to the other five from there.

Thank Carlos C
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
234 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

this old church has lovely Byzantine mosaics. Look especially for an image of the Last Supper around a Roman table, and the three Wise Men in leopard pants! it is definitely worth a visit even if you are not interested in History.

Thank eridotto
Somerset, England
Level Contributor
133 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

A wonderful morning strolling through Ravenna's charming streets and then into one superb artistic treasure after another. The multiple entry ticket is great value as you can use it for up to 7 days if you wish as it is date-stamped.

Thank Veedubber
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This is my favourite building in Ravenna and one not to be rushed. The central nave is divided into 12 columns (the 12 Apostles) made of Greek marble. On the left wall there are stunning mosaics telling the story of Christ's miracles and parables. On the right wall are stories about Christ's passion and Resurrection. Look out for the Three... More 

Thank CasaDi
Worcester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
200 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

The mosaics here seem the most impressive but other visitors feel San Vitale or Mausoleo are the best. Maybe it's because they don't dominate in quite the same way and 'undermine' the purpose of the building which is in essence for worship not for admiration of craftsmanship, The arch over the main space and the saints along the walls are... More 

Thank gtrot

Travelers who viewed Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo also viewed

Ravenna, Province of Ravenna
Ravenna, Province of Ravenna

Been to Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Karlovasi, Greece
7 months ago
New York
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?