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Mantova and Sabbioneta

Mantua and Sabbioneta are located in the Po Valley, in northern Italy, and represent the two main urban forms of the Renaissance: the transformation of an existing city and the newly founded city, based on the concept of the ideal city.



In both cities the Gonzagas intended to realize the ideals of the Renaissance city, seeking the perfect urban form that testified to the greatness of the family and calling for their construction some of the greatest artists in Italy: Leon Battista Alberti, Luca Fancelli, Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano in Mantua, Vicenzo Scamozzi and Bernardino Campi in Sabbioneta.


“Take a break during your visit and taste the pumpkin tortelli, rigorously handmade with a sweet pumpkin filling combined with the spicy flavor of Mantua mostarda, while sipping a glass of Lambrusco.”

Mantua and Sabbioneta, exceptional testimonies of the exchange of influences of the culture of Humanism and the Renaissance, have been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. Two sides of the same coin, two examples of Renaissance city whose importance, according to UNESCO, derives from the architecture, monumental art and urban planning, supported over the centuries by the Gonzaga family, which contributed to the diffusion of Renaissance culture inside and outside Europe.



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