A city surrounded by lakes in the center of the Po Valley, Mantua is an Italian jewel, rich in history and artistic beauties. Walking through the center of this Etruscan city could prove to be a truly unforgettable experience. Its history is in fact linked to the Gonzaga family, which made Mantua a symbol of Italian and European Renaissance. Great artists have passed through this city, designing palaces and churches: Pisanello, Leon Battista Alberti and Andrea Mantegna, to mention just a few. The Basilica of Sant'Andrea was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, while in the Castle of San Giorgio there is the most important work of art in Mantua, Mantegna's work called the Camera degli Sposi (The Newlyweds' Bedroom). In the old courtyard of the majestic Palazzo Ducale there are the frescoes that Pisanello painted at the behest of the Gonzagas. Another architectural masterpiece is the refined Palazzo Te, designed by the best pupil of Raphael, Giulio Romano. Art and legend intertwine in the Basilica of Sant’Andrea, the largest in Mantua where, according to some, the Holy Grail is located. Also not to be missed is Piazza Sordello with the Cathedral, the Merchant's House, the Astronomical Clock Tower, the bridges and the theaters, including the Bibiena which, in 1770, hosted a Mozart concert.
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Bus stops to Mantova
- P.zza Don Eugenio Leoni c/o FS