The northeastern Italy city of Ravenna, the mosaic city, is on National Geographic's list of 20 Best Trips for 2013. Ravenna is known for the stunning 5th - 6th century mosaics that decorate its churches and monuments, 8 of which have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During the period these mosaics were created, Ravenna was the western capital of the Roman Empire and of the Byzantine Empire in Europe. Mosaics are still created in Ravenna today and the city's Municipal Art Museum houses a collection of contemporary mosaics.
Ravenna mosaic photo © 2007 by James Martin, Europe Travel