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What to do and see in Mantua

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Mantua is along the river Mincio, surrounded by a series of romantic lakes, so as to make it elegant and refined. Historically dominated by the Gonzaga dynasty who made it a city-court of great splendor, in the historic center there are numerous testimonies of that period, from Palazzo Ducale a real city-palace with its 500 rooms to the Palace Captain overlooking Piazza Sordello. You can also admire the Palazzo della Ragione and the adjacent Palazzo del Podesta, the oldest public building in the Middle Ages with beside the Clock Tower. The Duomo is rich in various architectural styles such as Romanesque bell and neoclassical facade. There are also numerous testimonies by artists like Leon Battista Alberti and Andrea Mantegna, such as the Basilica of St. Andrew. In the rest of the province you can visit Sabbioneta, made by the teachings of Vespasian Gonzaga and surrounded by sixteenth-century fortifications. In particular, do not miss are the Imperial and Victoria gates, the church of Santa Maria Assunta, the gallery of the Ancients in Piazza d’Armi, the Olympic theatre designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi and decorated with frescoes by Paolo Veronese. While, in Revere are the remains of the residence of Gonzaga. Finally, you can visit still Medole, where there are an altarpiece by Titian; San Benedetto Po, with the abbey rebuilt by Giulio Romano; Marmirolo and Canneto, considered the land of toys because of Toy Museum which displays over 1,000 pieces of dolls and games, collected dall”800 until today.

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