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Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Mantova,: – Mantova, also known as Mantua, is a city located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of the same name. The city is situated on the banks of the river Mincio, which flows from Lake Garda to the Adriatic Sea. Mantova is surrounded on three sides by artificial lakes, created during the 12th century as the city’s defence system. These lakes receive water from the Mincio River, a tributary of the Po River which descends from Lake Garda. The three lakes are called Lago Superiore, Lago di Mezzo, and Lago Inferiore (Upper, Middle, and Lower Lakes, respectively). A fourth lake, Lake Pajolo, which once served as a defensive water ring around the city, dried up at the end of the 18th century. It is a city steeped in history and culture. It was founded in the 6th century BC as an Etruscan village and has since been ruled by various powers, including the Romans, the Lombards, and the Gonzaga family. The city’s historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family has made it one of the main artistic, cultural, and especially musical hubs of Northern Italy and the country. Having one of the most splendid courts of Europe of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and early seventeenth centuries. Mantova is noted for its significant role in the history of opera; the city is also known for its architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces, and the medieval and Renaissance cityscape. It is the city where the composer Monteverdi premiered his opera L’Orfeo and to where Romeo was banished in Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. It is the nearest town to the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil, who is commemorated by a statue at the lakeside park “Piazza Virgiliana”. In 2016, Mantova was designated as the Italian Capital of Culture. In 2017, it was named as the European Capital of Gastronomy, included in the Eastern Lombardy District (together with the cities of Bergamo, Brescia, and Cremona). Mantova’s centro storico (old town) and Sabbioneta were declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site in 2008. The area and its environs are important not only in naturalistic terms, but also anthropologically and historically; research has highlighted several human settlements scattered between Barche di Solferino and Bande di Cavriana, Castellaro and Isolone del Mincio. These dated, without interruption, from Neolithic times (5th–4th millennium BC) to the Bronze Age (2nd–1st millennium BC) and the Gallic phases (2nd–1st centuries BC), and ended with Roman residential settlements, which could be traced to the 3rd century AD. Mantova is a beautiful, historic city in northern Italy and was one of the greatest Renaissance Courts in Europe and home of the wealthy Gonzaga family. The town’s centre is three spacious and lively squares that join together. The city is also known for its delicious cuisine, including pumpkin-filled tortelli, risotto alla pilota, and sbrisolona, a crumbly cake made with almonds. Mantova is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in history, art, music, and gastronomy.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 in Mantua – Vicolo Ospitale to Via S. Giorgio
Approximately 0.95 km – 0.59 miles

The walk starts in Vicolo Ospitale – Chiesa di San Leonardo, Piazza S. Leonardo – Via Alessandro Cavriani – Via Trento – Via Dario Tassoni – Via Giovanni Arrivabene – Via Domenico Fernelli – Piazza Matilde di Canossa – Chiesa della Madonna del Terremoto, Piazza Matilde di Canossa – Via Giuseppe Verdi – Piazza Andrea Mantegna – Basilica di Sant’Andrea, Piazza Andrea Mantegna – Piazza Andrea Mantegna

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 in Mantua – Piazza Erbe to Via S. Giorgi
Approximately 1.99 km – 1.24 miles

The walk starts in Piazza Erbe – Piazza Broletto – Piazza Sordello Giardini di Piazza Lega Lombarda – Piazza Giovanni Paccagnini – Piazzetta S. Barbara – Basilica Palatina di Santa Barbara, Piazzetta S. Barbara, – Piazza Castello – Piazza Sordello – Via S. Giorgio – Lungolago – Via Legnago – walk back along Via Legnago to Lungolago Gonzaga – walk back along Lungolago Gonzaga to Via S. Giorgio