In 2008 Mantua and Sabbioneta were declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. A romantic and fascinating atmosphere characterizes both cities, despite their differences: Sabbioneta is an example of the urban style of the XVI century and was founded by Vespasiano Gonzaga. Mantua is expression of the architectural style of the XV century and a city with great cultural and artistic heritage.
NOT TO BE MISSED
Palazzo Te was built in the XVI century for Federico II Gonzaga. Acknowledged masterpiece of Giulio Romano, today it houses the Museo Civico and the Centro internazionale d’arte e di cultura. Inside. Art exhibitions and events of all kind take place inside the many rooms of Palazzo Te, decorated with beautiful frescos, that are the most remarkable feature of the Palazzo.
The Palazzo Ducale – the Ducal Palace – was Gonzaga family’s residence from 1328 to 1707; today it is a museum. Several wonderful frescoes deck the palace, the most famous are Mantegna’s frescos in the “Camera degli Sposi” , in San Giorgio castle.
Piazza delle Erbe
Piazza delle Erbe has always been the centre of trade and opens southwards with the Casa di Giovan Boniforte da Concorezzo (or Casa del Mercante – Merchant House) of 1455, continuing with the Romanesque Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the Torre dell’Orologio (Clocktower), the Palazzo della Ragione, and closing with Palazzo Broletto (or Palazzo del Podestà), built in the 12th century. The latter separates the square from the adjacent Piazza del Broletto.
Palazzo della Ragione
Palazzo della Ragione is one of the buildings the Commune built in XII century; the Torre dell’Orologio was added later, in 1472. The Palace was used as a courthouse, but it also hosted several shops on the ground floor. Since 1997 it hosts the Musei Civici of Mantua.
The clocktower was built by Luca Fancelli in 1472; in 1473 Bartolomeo Manfredi made its famous astronomic clock, which tells the phases of the moon and the position of the sun in the zodiac. A statue of the Immaculate Mary was put in the niche beneath the clock face in 1639.
Cathedral of Sant'Andrea
It was designed by Leon Battista Alberti, who died in 1472, and built by architect Luca Fancelli, who finished it in 1494. The 80 m tall dome was built by Filippo Juvarra (1733-1765). Inside you may admire paintings by Andrea Mantegna, his pupil Antonio Allegri called Correggio, Giulio Romano and his school, Domenico Fetti, Francesco Borgani, Giorgio Anselmi, Rinaldo Mantovano, Felice Campi and Andreasino.
Did you know? Anton Maria Viani designed the crypt in late XVI century: it contains the two ampullas with Christ’s Blood. The ampullas go in procession every year on Good Friday.
Teatro all'Antica - Sabbioneta
After building Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, architect Vincenzo Scamozzi designed this one on the orders of duke Vespasiano, in 1588; This wonderful gem was the first resident theatre in Europe.
Galleria degli Antichi - Sabbioneta
This large arcade is an articulated brick building. Strangely, they did not construct it to connect different parts of a building nor two palaces: it just had to host the duke’s archaeological collection of sculptures he bought after he came back from the Spanish royal court in 1578. Today they have been restored, and you can admire them in the Ducal Palace in Mantua.
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– Corso Libertà;
– Vicolo Dogana.
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