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Mosaic Hunting in Northern Italy

October 4, 2009

We have just made our final arrangements to go on a holiday to northern Italy to seek out the Byzantine treasures of Aquileia, Venice, and Ravenna.

I am looking forward to relaxing and exploring the sights despite the weakness of the Pound Sterling against the Euro! There will be a full update of the trip on the blog with pictures; this gives me a real reason to sort out the photographs section.

My wife and I will be visiting:

Aquileia - most famous for the mosaic floor of its Basilica, some 750 sq m!

The wonderful mosaic floor of the Basilica at Aquiliea

The wonderful mosaic floor of the Basilica at Aquiliea

Venice  – needing no introduction, Venice houses many Byzantine treasures looted during the capture of Constantinople by the Ventians and Crusaders in 1204.

One of the Quadriga bronze horses

One of the Quadriga bronze horses

Ravenna - to visit all these wonderful places!

The Emporer Justinian and courtiers - Basilica of San Vitale

 
The Emperor Justinian and courtiers – Basilica of San Vitale

Plus plenty of good food and wine!

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