A few days ago I had the chance to visit Mantua for the second time. I instantly remembered how much I enjoyed visiting this lovely city the last time, in one of the first days of Spring. So I thought it would be nice to share some of the shots I made on these two occasions.
Mantua is a very beautiful and characteristic city, in the southern part of Lombardy, not too big, so it is perfect to visit in a daily trip. It reminds me a lot about Modena, which I talked about in another post on my blog – if you haven’t read it already, go check it out here!
Since 2008, Mantua has joined the UNESCO World Heritage List, along with being elected Capital of Culture 2016. It is surrounded by three small lakes that, together with the amazing and Italy’s most famous skyline, make it seem immersed in such an unreal, ancient and timeless landscape.
Piazza Sordello is the true heart of the Rinascimental part of Mantova, where both the Duomo and the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) are faced.
The Palazzo Ducale, known for its sumptuousness and elegance, has been the main residence of the Gonzaga Family for centuries and its extension is so big that it has been defined as a true city-palace. The visit of the Ducal Palace, in addition to the visit of many of its rooms, includes the Museum and San Giorgio’s Castle, where one can admire the famous Camera degli Sposi (Newlyweds’ Room).
I will leave you here with some photos of the interiors of the palace.
Ceiling of the Newlyweds’ Room in San Giacomo’s Castle – Painted by Andrea Mantegna, 1465-1474
Just a few meters away from Piazza Sordello, there is Piazza Mantegna, where you can find the slightly hidden but majestic Basilica di Sant’Andrea (St. Andrew’s Church). It was designed by the famous Leon Battista Alberti and it was built back in 1472. The legend tells us that the crypt contains the relics of the blood of Jesus Christ – Il Preziosissimo Sangue di Cristo, brought by the Roman centurion Longino, whose funeral monument is in the church and was built as well by Mantegna.
You can see some photos of the Church from the outside and inside below.
And then just a couple of random photos I took while going around Mantua. Didn’t really know how to contextualise them, so I’ve decided to simply put them here if you don’t mind 🙂
As always, I hope you liked this post. Let me know if you have visited this beautiful city and what you think about it. I’d love to hear/read your thoughts!