Must see in Mantova
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As a lily pad stems from the waters. Cultured, elegant, aristocratic, the town hosts international appeal cultural events and performances. Have you ever heard about the Literature Festival?
In short, Mantua is the perfect destination to stretch your weekend. By the way, have you already seen our charming hotel in Lombardy?
1. Palazzo Ducale
It was the palace of the Gonzagas, the gentlemen from the third to the eighteenth century transformed Mantua in one of the loveliest European courts. You can turn Italy far and wide, but a monumental complex so extensive like this will be hard to be found - there are about 500 rooms, as well as courtyards, gardens, corridors and galleries. Hence gone are the greatest artists of the Renaissance and Mannerist art. Does it tell you anything the name Andrea Mantegna?
2. Bridal Chamber
It is the masterpiece of the Mantova Art. Andrea Mantegna frescoed it in nine years, from 1465 to 1474, in the north-east tower of the Castle of San Giorgio. The most famous cycle of frescoes is the oculus with cherubs facing - the optical illusion of the work gives an amazing show. Today, the House and the Castle that houses are closed to the public for restoration work.
3. Piazza delle Erbe
It is the most picturesque square of the city. Its name is simple: since long long time it is home of the fruit and vegetables marke. Here you will find the Palazzo del Podesta and the Palace of Reason - under its fifteenth century arcades you’ll find the most elegant shops Next to the Palazzo della Ragione, the Rotunda of San Lorenzo, the oldest church in Mantova ( Matilde of Canossa built it in 1082), the Clock Tower, the Merchant's House and the Tower of Salaro.
4. The lakes
For a romantic view of the city, reach the shores of one of the three lakes - perhaps during the sunset. Mantova will appear as a nymph in the water. You have two choices. Navigate by boat or follow one of the trails and pedestrian suburban park. By boat you can reach Lake Superior, colorful of lotus flowers each summer.
5. Palazzo Te
In the early sixteenth century Giulio Romano, an architect of the Gonzaga court, rearranged the old stables and turned them into a monumental villa. In that time the palace was built on the island of Te, in the middle of a lake then drained. The museum of the palace offers Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Gonzaga collecyions. But the most admired are the rooms of the house, starting with the Hall of Cupid and Psyche, and the Giants, fully frescoed.
6. Mantegna home
The residence is located at number 47 of Via Acerbi, opposite the Church of San Sebastian, on a land donated by the Marquis Ludovico Gonzaga artist, perhaps as a reward for the frescoes in the Bridal Chamber. Around the courtyard, the unique circular pattern, are arranged rooms, now used as an exhibition space for temporary art exhibitions.
7. House of Rigoletto
In the end the most deserted of a blind street ... If you love opera, who knows how many times you have heard of this passage of Verdi's opera. If you have ever wondered if the abode of the court jester of Gonzaga really exists, now you have the answer. What the tradition has recognized as the House of Rigoletto is behind the Cathedral, near Piazza Sordello. The balcony of the Guild? The loggia of the house, of course.
8. Academic Theatre
At number 47 of Via Accademia is the Teatro Scientifico of Mantua, also known as the Academic Theatre or Teatro Bibiena. Antonio Bibbiena was the father of this amazing theater architecture, Rococo style. Opened in 1769, a month later hosted a concert of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
9. Museum of Palazzo d'Arco
Born from the legacy of the noble Joanna, the counts of Arco, the museum runs between floors of one of the most beautiful aristocratic residences in the city. Its collections include ceramics, sculptures, prints, weapons, musical instruments and paintings by Nicholas of Verona, Luini, Magnasco, Frans Pourbus the Younger, Van Dyck and Giuseppe Bazzani.
Along with the historic center of Mantua, UNESCO included in the World Heritage Site Sabbioneta. Founded by a patron of the Gonzaga family, the town was built according to the traditional ideals of the Renaissance city. The must see monuments? The Ducal Palace, or Palazzo Grande, former residence of Gonzaga, and the Ancient Theatre, or the Olympic Theatre, the first theater building of the modern age.
If you bike, you should take the path connecting Mantova with Sabbioneta. They are 47 kilometers (3.4 hours) cutted in the green Park Oglio, on a mostly paved and flat road. Have a good trip!