10 Good Reasons to Visit Mantua
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You may already know that it has been declared the Italian culture Capital for 2016 thanks to the precious heritage left by the Gonzaga family, turning it into the centerpiece of Renaissance. It is certainly worth heading towards Sabbioneta, a small city it shares this title with, built in compliance with the principles of the urb ideale proposed by Humanism.
Enter Palazzo Te's Giants Chamber and get involved in a battle of gods. The talent of Giulio Romano makes the corners, walls and ceilngs in the room disappear, making you feel diminutive in comparison to such a godly spectacle.
You can book a seat at one of the Bibiena Theater shows and take a walk among the streets where Giuseppe Verdi set his work, the Rigoletto.
If you love nature, explore the Mincio Park and you may even watch a white stork nestling in the area.
Discover the urban center by foot, go cycling on the surroundings or by boat on the lake waters. Make time to taste dishes like pumpkin tortelli, risotto or sbrisolona cake.
This will only be the beginning of an unforgettable vacation in Lombardy.
- It is the European Culture Capital of 2016 Monuments, museums, churches and stimulating events. Its rich artistic and cultural heritage has won Mantua above 9 other Italian cities as 2016's Culture Capital. A well deserved title, if you think about the Ducal Palace, with the bridal chamber painted by Andrea Mantegna, the artist's house, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua's oldest church and the Basilica, designed by Leon Battista Alberti. Go further towards Sabbioneta, Curtatone, Monzambano and Castellaro Lagusello.
- Giuseppe Verdi wrote an opera set in Mantua Walk around in Mantua and re-enact the scenes of the Rigoletto, opera piece by Verdi set in the city streets. The first two acts come to life by passing in front of the Ducal Palace. Discover the house of the Rigoletto, a statue of the famous jester stands in the middle of its inner garden. At the Mezzo Lake, the play's tragic conclussion comes to an end to the sound of "la donna è mobile".
- @finestresullarteAn unforgettable encounter with giants It takes place in Palazzo Te, a simple yet elegant building that is both rational and uncanny. It was designed by Giulio Romano, who proposed in the Chamber of Giants a style of painting that transcended architectural spaces. With dynamic scenes, powerful bodies and color palettes that involve visitors and imbue them with such mythical atmosphere.
- @etiquetanegraIt is home to the "Flying Mantuan" Tazio Nuvolari was fast and bold. He raced in cars and motorbikes while accumulating victories regardless of which vehicle he used. This is why he is acknowledged as one of the greatest pilots of all time. There is a reason why Ferdinand Porsche called him: «the greatest pilot in the past, present and future». You can visit the Tazio Nuvolari Museum and get to know his story. It is a tribute that the land that saw him be born and die wanted do in his honor.
- It is a gourmand's paradise Mantua is famous for its history, but culinary enthusiasts know well its delicacies. The mostarda and the Sbrisolona, risottos made out of Vialone Nano rice and pumpkin-filled tortelli, Mantuan salami and Vaniglia cotechino, Grana Padano and Parmesan Cheeses...all this in a single Province!
- @lavaligiaquasivuotaA Literature Festival is held here One of the most important events of its kind is held in September. Perfect for fans who wish to take part of encounters with authors, readings, artistic performances, concerts and find out new releases.
- It displays the projects of Vespasiano Gonzaga The history of Sabbioneta is connected with that of its founder, Vespasiano Gonzaga, who built it by following the humanistic model for an ideal city. Follow the Tourism Office guides (there are 4 guided tours every day) and discover the wonders of the Ducal Palace, the Olympic Theater and the Arch Gallery. You will not be disappointed.
- Parco del MincioYou can go on foot, bike and boat Visit monuments and discover Mantua's secrets by walking around the streets of the historic center, but also the trails that go into the Moraine Complex of Castellaro Lagusello, alongside a guide. It shows the habitats of the moraine hills, the formation of a glacial Lake and places where glaciers once stood. The bicycle lane of the Mincio goes along said river and through cities like Peschiera del Garda, Monzambano and Mantua. You can explore the valleys of the Mincio and the Superiore Lake by boat or canoe.
- AsbruffIts theaters are works of art. Approved by Mozart Just a few weeks after the inauguration of Mantua's Bibiena Theater, a fifteen years old Mozart performed on piano in front of the audience. It is said that once he finished playing he told his father: "I have never seen such a beautiful theater". Just take a look at it and you will certainly agree with him. Once you go across the building's facade designed by Piermarini you get inside and gaze upon its rococò, twinkling lights and porcelain pieces. Do not miss Sabbioneta's Olympic Theater, built based upon the designs of architect Vincenzo Scamozzi.
- White storks can be seen One of the most fascinating trips that you can make in Mantua and its surroundings is the one in the Mincio Park, a green oasis of unparalleled beauty and subject of an interesting protection initiative. There is work at Bertone Forest to reintroduce White Storks inside the park. Sightings of this species of bird are no longer rare, plus their migration is ceaseless during spring. The center is open to the public and organizes several activities that focus on children.