Ravenna is the first port of call for the travellers on their way to Venice. The walled city, recently conquered by the Venetians, is filled with beautiful churches, early Christian mosaics and monuments and many magnificent works of art. Ravenna was the capital of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and then of Byzantine Italy until the 8th century.
Luca and his companions pay a visit to the tomb of Galla Placidia, who was the daughter of the Roman emperor Theodosius I and a major force in Roman politics for most of her life. The mausoleum, built by Galla Placidia for herself and her family during the fifth century, is a small, unassuming building containing breathtaking floor to ceiling mosaics depicting scenes of Christian iconography.