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Grazie

Groups of houses leaning against the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie

Where
Grazie (MN)

In 1037, on a small promontory emerging from a tangle of marshes, streams and reed beds near Mantua there is a kiosk or oratory in which peasants and boatmen venerate the miraculous image of the Virgin and Child in her womb.

Thus was born the village of Grazie (MN), whose historic core is represented by the sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Grace in elegant Lombard Gothic style, begun in 1399 and consecrated in 1406, in a raised position on the reeds of the Mincio that flows behind and the façade facing the village; the other buildings in front of it are old fishermen's houses and houses built by the closure of the porticoes that housed shops and shelters for pilgrims.

Entering the church, there is still, above the tabernacle, the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Grace adored by fishermen. But the greatest amazement comes from the crowd of ex-voto statues that inspire devotion that seems to reach out to the visitor from the niches in which they are located as if from a sixteenth-century baroque theatre of miracles. The church chapels contain extraordinary sepulchral monuments such as the one - signed by Giulio Romano - in which Baldassarre Castiglioni, author of Il Cortegiano, rests.

In the sultry summer light as in winter mists, the place exudes a strange charm. Our Lady of Miracles still deploys her mantle on the square of Grazie, where the traveling artists called "madonnari" draw their effigy on the asphalt with coloured chalks.

In this humid landscape, just go down to the Mincio and slowly navigate the river and its canals, to find Virgil landscapes with reeds and water lilies, rare species of birds and exotic summer lotus flowers. And at the bottom, the skyline of Mantua is magnificent.

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Places

Village of grazie in curtatone

Land rich in tradition and history is part of the Mincio Park where the river expands to form the lakes that surround Mantua
  • Villages
Village of Grazie in Curtatone
25 mt

Palazzo Te

Palazzo Te in Mantua, a villa with decorations inspired by antiquity. The brainchild of Giulio Romano and Federico II Gonzaga
  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Te
7.29 km

House of Andrea Mantegna

  • Art & Culture
House of Andrea Mantegna
7.34 km

The Bertone Park

Today visitors can use the many paths and walkways to explore the villa’s grounds and admire the lake and the rich vegetation
  • Parks
Parco delle Bertone
7.77 km

Leon Battista Alberti Journey into Classicism

  • Religious Tourism
Churches of San Sebastiano and Sant'Andrea, churches in Mantua
7.82 km

Rotonda di San Lorenzo

La chiesa è una delle tante costruite, secondo tradizione, da Matilde di Canossa
  • Art & Culture
Mantova, Rotonda di San Lorenzo
7.85 km

Palazzo della Ragione e Torre dell'Orologio

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo della Ragione e Torre dell'Orologio
7.89 km

Bosco Virgiliano

Today the Bosco is the biggest park in the town and is managed by the Associazione Anticittà
  • Active & Green
Bosco Virgiliano
7.97 km

Cathedral of Mantua

The Cathedral of Mantua has an ancient history: some chronicles trace its foundation back to 313 a.D.
  • Religious Tourism
Cathedral of Mantua
8.06 km

Piazza sordello in mantua

Formerly St. Peter's Square, was not only the square of the Cathedral, but also the stage of the Gonzaga power
  • Art & Culture
Piazza Sordello in Mantua
8.08 km

Scientific theatre

  • Art & Culture
Teatro Bibiena, Mantova
8.11 km

Palazzo Ducale of Mantua

The beauty of Palazzo Ducale, the Gonzaga residence, is hard to describe. It's maybe the most architecturally dense palace of its period.
  • Art & Culture
Palazzo Ducale
8.13 km

Saint George Castle

Isabella d’Este, one of the most influential women of the Italian Renaissance, lived here for a long time.
  • Art & Culture
Castello di San Giorgio
8.24 km

Terme delle Piscine Airone

The chance discovery of an extremely pure natural spring has made Goito a spa destination
  • Wellness
Piscine Airone
8.8 km

Goito

It is located in a landscape of medium and low plain, designed in time by the Mincio and still dominated by country roads and canals
  • Villages
Village of Goito
10.73 km

Activities

Mantua private walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Mantua private walking tour
8.08 km

Mantua private walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Mantua private walking tour
8.16 km

St. George's Castle and Ducal Palace private tour in Mantua

  • Art & Culture
St. George's Castle and Ducal Palace private tour in Mantua
8.17 km

Mantua Village with Discount Card, aperitif or breakfast and Gift Card

  • Lifestyle
Mantua Village with Discount Card, aperitif or breakfast and Gift Card
14.72 km

Where to sleep

LA GOLIARDA

Curtatone
LA GOLIARDA
2.24 km

OSTELLO DEL MINCIO

Rodigo
OSTELLO DEL MINCIO
2.6 km

A UN PASSO DAL FIUME

Rodigo
A UN PASSO DAL FIUME
2.66 km

RESIDENZA GUGLIELMO

Mantova
RESIDENZA GUGLIELMO
3.93 km

CASA ANGELI

Mantova
CASA ANGELI
4.29 km

VIRIDARIUM

Castellucchio
VIRIDARIUM
4.33 km

CORTE CASONE

Porto Mantovano
CORTE CASONE
4.66 km

HOTEL DANTE RESIDENCE

Mantova
HOTEL DANTE RESIDENCE
5.13 km

A PARANZA

Curtatone
A PARANZA
5.31 km

VISTA HOTEL & RESIDENCE

Mantova
VISTA HOTEL & RESIDENCE
5.48 km

ALBERGO MEUBLE' ABAT-JOUR

Mantova
ALBERGO MEUBLE' ABAT-JOUR
6.1 km

ABBAZIA

Mantova
ABBAZIA
6.93 km

CIVICO 31

Mantova
CIVICO 31
7.03 km

LA BUONANOTTE GUEST HOUSE

Mantova
LA BUONANOTTE GUEST HOUSE
7.11 km

SUITE 51

Mantova
SUITE 51
7.41 km

L'AFFRESCO

Mantova
L'AFFRESCO
7.45 km

SWEET MANTOVA

Mantova
SWEET MANTOVA
7.47 km

CASA DEL TEATRO

Mantova
CASA DEL TEATRO
7.47 km

CASA SUL PARCO HOFER

Mantova
CASA SUL PARCO HOFER
7.51 km

RESIDENZA SAN LEONARDO

Mantova
RESIDENZA SAN LEONARDO
7.66 km