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Merchant’s House

Merchant's House

Boniforte da Concorrezzo, near Milan, was the merchant owning this superb house in the corner of the Herbs Square. Dated 1455 it was built in a Venetian style and was very colorful. The marble freeze under the portico still shows what was on sale in this little bazaar. Leaning against the back of the house […]

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St. Andrew’s Church

St. Andrew's Church

The imposing basilica is the symbol of the city with its dome that can be seen from a distance. One of the most important churches in the Christian world for keeping the relic of the Precious Blood of Christ, its history started at the foot of the Cross where the roman soldier Longinus picked up a bit of soil soaked in the blood of Jesus[…]

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Bibiena Theatre

Bibiena Theatre

A few meters from the Herbs Square you can reach Dante Square with the overlooking Palace of the Virgilian Academy and its beautiful theatre. The Bibiena Theatre or Scientific Theatre because it was meant for the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts is the masterpiece of Antonio Galli Bibiena (1769).The theatre has got four lines […]

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Te Palace

Te Palace

One of the most beautiful villas in Italy and a masterpiece of the Mannerism palazzo Te was built by Giulio Romano between 1525 and 1535, as a suburban residence for Federico II Gonzaga. “Te” seems to be a place-name and has no relation with the word “tea” (te in Italian means tea). Federico chose this […]

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Mantegna’s House

Mantegna's House

The most famous among the houses lived in by Mantegna, it was built in 1476. The date October 18th 1476 is still visible in the corner marble slab on the left-hand side of the façade. Ludovico Gonzaga gave him the land, as that was the easiest way for him to pay for the Painter’s services. Mantegna himself projected his house […]

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St. Sebastian’s Palace

St. Sebastian's Palace

A few meters away from Mantegna’s House this palace was built in 1506 when Francesco Gonzaga decided to renovate and enlarge a preexistent building to make it his new residence near the stables on the Te island (before Palazzo Te was built).The palace was beautifully decorated by Lorenzo Costa and Lorenzo Leombruno and a special […]

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St. Sebastian’s Church

St. Sebastian's Church

Built in 1460 on the project by Leon Battista Alberti, like St. Andrew’s,it is one of the most important Renaissance churches. Begun under the direction of Luca Fancelli it was closed only after 40 years and already after the death of Ludovico Gonzaga ( 1479) we lost traces of any documents. Unfortunately it was heavily […]

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Sabbioneta

Sabbioneta

Just a few minutes from Mantua on the way to Parma another city enlisted by UNESCO among the World’s Heritage: Sabbioneta. Entirely created by Vespasiano Gonzaga in the second half of the sixteenth century the city was born and died with its founder. Sabbioneta is a typical example of fortified city, with an hexagonal plan […]

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The Polirone Abbey

The Polirone Abbey

About twenty kilometres off Mantua this place is certainly worth a visit. The Polirone Abbey was founded in 1007 by Benedictine monks on the shores of the river Po. It soon became one of the most important abbeys in the north of Italy thanks to the Countess Matilde of Canossa first, and the Gonzaga family […]

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