Giugno 2015

The Food Traveller

Fifty miles further east from Milan, Mantua has gained UNESCO status for its collection of well-preserved Renaissance buildings. Many owe their existence to the Gonzaga dukes who were great patrons of the arts during their rule there from the 13th to 16th centuries.

The massive fortress-like Palazzo Ducale which overlooks the town’s central square is the most impressive reminder of those glittering days with its superb frescos and classical sculptures. But most of the Gonzaga treasures inside were dispersed when the town was sacked in 1630, many being snapped up by Charles I.

Verdi upset everyone in the 1840's with his opera Rigoletto, set in the town, as he depicted the duke as a licentious womaniser.


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