For anyone who has looked up in awe at the sparkling golden mosaics on the domes of St. Mark’s in Venice, I invite you to make a beeline for Ravenna. This city’s Byzantine mosaics are said to be some of the finest anywhere on earth, and they don’t disappoint. Two added bonuses of Ravenna’s mosaics are that there are several churches with spectacular mosaics to see, and the crowds in Ravenna are far smaller than the crowds in Venice.
The tourist influx in Ravenna may be smaller overall, but it’s also a small city – and if you’re only staying for a day or two then finding a hostel or budget hotel near the city center is even more important. Keep in mind that there are budget hotels listed on the map below that aren’t traditional hostels, but have appealing pricetags for budget travelers.