18 Sights in Mantua, Italy (with Map and Images)

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Here you can find interesting sights in Mantua, Italy. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 18 sights are available in Mantua, Italy.

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1. Chiesa di San Sebastiano

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San Sebastiano is an Early Renaissance church in Mantua, northern Italy. Begun in 1460 according to the designs of Leon Battista Alberti, it was left partially completed in the mid-1470s, by which time construction had slowed and was no longer being directed by Alberti. As a consequence, little remains of Alberti’s work apart from the plan, which is considered one of the earliest and most significant examples of Renassiances centrally-planned churches. The plan is in the shape of a Greek cross, with three identical arms centering apses, under a central cross-vaulted space without any interior partitions. The church sits on a ground-level crypt which was intended to serve as a mausoleum for the Gonzaga family.

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2. Camera degli Sposi

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Camera degli Sposi Andrea Mantegna / Public domain

The Camera degli Sposi, sometimes known as the Camera picta, is a room frescoed with illusionistic paintings by Andrea Mantegna in the Ducal Palace, Mantua, Italy. During the fifteenth century when the Camera degli Sposi was painted, Mantua was ruled by the Gonzaga, who maintained Mantua's political autonomy from its much stronger neighbors Milan and Venice by bidding their support out as a mercenary state. By commissioning Mantegna to paint the chamber, Ludovico III Gonzaga, the Marquis of Mantua, sought to give the Gonzaga rule more cultural credibility at a time when other Northern Italian courts such as the Ferrara were commissioning their own “painted chambers”.

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3. Torre degli Zuccaro

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The Torre degli Zuccaro is a medieval construction that rises in via Tazzoli 10 in Mantua in the immediate adjacencies of the Ducal Citadel of the Gonzaga and the historically main square of the city, Piazza Sordello. The local population is known dialectically as "Tor Dal Sücar", Torre dello Zucchero, custom probably originating from the linguistic deformation of the name of the family who was owned in the sixteenth century. Also the historian Mantua Davari believed that the name derived from the use of the tower, until 1769, as a salt warehouse, a mineral warehouse that was called Sücar Brüsc in the local dialect, sugar of harsh flavor.

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4. Basilica di Sant'Andrea

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Basilica di Sant'Andrea Sebi1 / Public domain

The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and minor basilica in Mantua, Lombardy (Italy). It is one of the major works of 15th-century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. Commissioned by Ludovico III Gonzaga, the church was begun in 1472 according to designs by Leon Battista Alberti on a site occupied by a Benedictine monastery, of which the bell tower (1414) remains. The building, however, was only finished 328 years later. Though later changes and expansions altered Alberti's design, the church is still considered to be one of Alberti's most complete works. It looms over the Piazza Mantegna.

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5. Palazzo Te

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Palazzo del Te or Palazzo Te is a palace in the suburbs of Mantua, Italy. It is a fine example of the mannerist style of architecture, and the acknowledged masterpiece of Giulio Romano. Although formed in Italian, the usual name in English of Palazzo del Te is not that now used by Italians. The official modern name, and by far the most common name in Italian, is Palazzo Te. The English name arises because Vasari calls it the "Palazzo Del T", and English-speaking writers, especially art historians, still most often call it "Palazzo del Te".

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6. Chiesa di Sant'Egidio

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The church of Sant'Egidio is located in the historic center of Mantua on Via Pietro Frattini. A church was located on the site likely by the 9th century, but is documented from the year 1151 in a bull by Pope Eugenius III. In 1540, the chapel of the Valenti was built, commissioned by the last will of Valente Valenti, courtier in the Gonzaga Duchy. Beginning in 1721, the church underwent a major reconstruction, and the present facade dates to that time. In 1777, the cardinal Luigi Valenti reconstructed the family chapel.

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7. Piazza Virgiliana

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Piazza Virgiliana FranzK / Public domain

The Piazza Virgiliana is an oblong shaped park in the center of Mantua, region of Lombardy Italy. It spans from a circumvailling Piazza Virgilliana street, fed from Piazza dei Filipinni by Via Virgilio, and stretching northwest towards Lago di Mezzo, from which it is separated by a wall and a span of the busy SS62 highway. The park has a number of tree-lined trails, and commemorative statues, most prominent of which is a monument to Virgil with flanking fountains.

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8. Chiesa di Sant'Orsola

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The Church of Sant'Orsola in Mantua, Italy, was designed and built in 1608 by Antonio Maria Viani, the architect of the ducal court of the House of Gonzaga. The church was commissioned by Margherita Gonzaga d'Este, the widow of Alfonso II d'Este. Margherita, while not a nun herself, as a widow came to live in an apartment in the Clarissan monastery that was once adjacent.

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9. Monumento ai Martiri di Belfiore

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Monumento ai Martiri di Belfiore GIOFIGO di Wikipedia in italiano / Public domain

The monument to the martyrs of Belfiore was raised to commemorate the patriots of the Italian Risorgimento which were executed between 1851 and 1855 on the southern bank of the Lake Superiore in the Belfiore valley located at the time in the territory of the Municipality of Curtatone and currently in Mantua.

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10. Museo archeologico nazionale di Mantova

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Museo archeologico nazionale di Mantova Szeder László / CC BY-SA 4.0

The National Archaeological Museum of Mantua is an archaeological museum located in Mantua, Italy. It is located at the Palazzo Ducale and holds objects discovered from excavations in the surrounding territory. The museum is operated by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities of Italy.

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11. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Gradaro

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La chiesa di Santa Maria del Gradaro fu costruita a Mantova a partire dall'anno 1256 con l'aggiunta del convento nel 1260. Il termine Gradaroßriconducibile alla parola latina cretarium che descriverebbe la particolare caratteristica del terreno dove sorse l'originaria sede di culto.

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12. Casa di Rigoletto

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Casa di Rigoletto Copyright by Matzene, Chicago. / Public domain

Rigoletto (1851) is a three -act work by Giuseppe Verdi on booklet by Francesco Maria Piave, taken from Victor Hugo's drama the king enjoys himself. With the Trovatore (1853) and La Traviata (1853) forms the so -called "popular trilogy" of Verdi.

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13. Voltone di San Pietro

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Voltone di San Pietro or Porta di San Pietro, until the end of the thirteenth century, was one of the three ancient doors which, inserted in the first wall of the city, closed access to St. Peter's Square, center of the Civitas Vetus in Mantua.

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14. Palazzo d'Arco

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Palazzo d'Arco Szeder László / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Palazzo D'Arco is a Neoclassical-style palace located on Piazza Carlo D'Arco #4 in Mantua, region of Lombardy, Italy. The palace houses the Museo di Palazzo d'Arco, which displays the furnishings and artwork collected by the Duke D'Arco.

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15. Palazzo Castiglioni, già Bonacolsi

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The Palazzo Bonacolsi, also known as Palazzo Castiglioni, is a 13th-century Gothic-style aristocratic palace located in the center of the town in Piazza Sordello in front of the Ducal Palace in Mantua, region of Lombardy, Italy.

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16. Torre dell'Orologio

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The Torre dell'Orologio is a 15th-century renaissance tower on the Piazza delle Erbe in Mantua, Italy. It is attached to the Palazzo della Ragione, and next to the Rotonda di San Lorenzo. It houses an astronomical clock.

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17. Chiesa di San Martino

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The church of San Martino, dedicated to St Martin of Tours is a Baroque architecture, Roman Catholic church located on Via Pomponazzo in a quartiere once known as San Martino in Mantua, region of Lombardy, Italy.

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18. Santi Simone e Giuda

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Santi Simone e Giuda is a Renaissance architecture, Roman Catholic church located in Mantua, region of Lombardy, Italy. The church rises near the Palazzo d'Arco and the Church of the Fillipines in Mantua.

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