Contrary to how this looks, it was quite dark in the Basilica and I needed a little PP help to bring up the details a bit.
The Basilica of San Vitale is a church in Ravenna, Italy and one of the most important examples of early Christian Byzantine art and architecture in western Europe. The building is styled an "ecclesiastical basilica" in the Roman Catholic Church, though it is not of architectural basilica form. It is one of eight Ravenna structures inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The church was begun by Bishop Ecclesius in 527, when Ravenna was under the rule of the Ostrogoths and completed by the 27th Bishop of Ravenna, Maximian in 546 during the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna. The architect of the church is unknown.
The construction of the church was sponsored by a Greek banker, Julius Argentarius, of whom very little is known, except that he also sponsored the construction of the Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe at around the same time. The final cost amounted to 26,000 solid gold pieces.
D700 w/ 17-35 f/2.8 Zoom @ 35 mm. f/6.3, 1/200, +0.3 EV, ISO 5000. Processed in Capture NX2 with perspective correction in Photoshop CS6 Extended.
Owen I have always liked the 17-35, but since I have left my 35-70 home because of travel weight restrictions, the 17-35 pretty much stays on the camera with an occasional swap to the 85mm. I have found these two lenses though not ideal for travel, with the aid of my Kenko 1.4 TC on the 85 give me a good range of coverage with fast lenses. They allow me to travel without hauling too many lenses or my 70-200, are not too large to cause too much attention, and are stellar performers.
Hecky this second trip was a mixed bag, some good stuff and some things that nearly wrecked the trip for us. Many logistics issues between the sailing ship and the tour company that worked counter to each other, plus the %$$#% Cruise Ships that flooded ports that we visited. We also had one person in our group who was the victim of an attempted mugging while a group of 7 of us were walking single file in a dark neighborhood in Palermo. He was the last in line.