• Religious Tourism
    • Art & Culture

Leon Battista Alberti Journey into Classicism

Where
Mantua

Have you ever noticed how beautiful Mantua's religious structures are?

They are surely worth taking a picture, perhaps with the warm, radiant hues of the sunset as a background while you are on a pleasant outdoors trip.

Leon Battista Alberti is the creator of  two of the city's most important churches.

The famous Reinassance architect worked in Mantua in the mid XVth Century for the Gonzaga family. His appointed mission was from the very beginning to imbue greatness into one of the most important cities of the time.

He erected in two churches of great relevance in the city center at a short timelapse from each other, that nowadays are mentioned in every course of Renaissance art course in the world: those of San Sebastiano and San Andrea.

Both feature an imposing monumental facade of great visual impact: Alberti displays his mastery of classical architecture in designing both landmarks.

The Temple of San Sebastiano is influenced by elements of a classical Helenistic temple, while the  Basilica of Sant'Andrea is more inspired by the structure of an Etruscan temple.

Once inside, similarities between both churches disappear: from the Greek cross of the former to the Roman cross of the latter. Classicism is a great influence in the city.

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Places

Rotonda di San Lorenzo

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

Palazzo della Ragione e Torre dell'Orologio

  • Art & Culture
Palazzo della Ragione e Torre dell'Orologio
89 mt

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
292 mt

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
297 mt

Scientific theatre

  • Art & Culture
Teatro Bibiena, Mantova
301 mt

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
332 mt

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
435 mt

House of Andrea Mantegna

  • Art & Culture
House of Andrea Mantegna
980 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
1.4 km

Bosco Virgiliano

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

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
7.82 km

Grazie

Groups of houses leaning against the Sanctuary of the Madonna delle Grazie
  • Villages
Grazie
7.82 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
10.44 km

Terme delle Piscine Airone

The chance discovery of an extremely pure natural spring has made Goito a spa destination
  • Wellness
Piscine Airone
13.98 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
14.4 km

Activities

Mantua: 2.5-hour private guided tour

  • Art & Culture
Mantua: 2.5-hour private guided tour
479 mt

Where to sleep

RESIDENZA CA' DELLE ERBE

Mantova
RESIDENZA CA' DELLE ERBE
57 mt

LUXURY SUITE CA' DELLE ERBE

Mantova
LUXURY SUITE CA' DELLE ERBE
57 mt

SUITE S. ANDREA

Mantova
SUITE S. ANDREA
60 mt

CA' DELLE ERBE

Mantova
CA' DELLE ERBE
71 mt

CASA MARGHERITA

Mantova
CASA MARGHERITA
75 mt

RESIDENCE MANTOVA CENTRO

Mantova
RESIDENCE MANTOVA CENTRO
86 mt

AGORA' RESIDENZA

Mantova
AGORA' RESIDENZA
86 mt

LA RESIDENZA LEON D'ORO

Mantova
LA RESIDENZA LEON D'ORO
86 mt

A.A.A.ARMONIE

Mantova
A.A.A.ARMONIE
104 mt

CASA GIUSTIZIATI

Mantova
CASA GIUSTIZIATI
113 mt

ETICO LA ZUCCA

Mantova
ETICO LA ZUCCA
119 mt

LA ZUCCA GUESTHOUSE

Mantova
LA ZUCCA GUESTHOUSE
119 mt

STORTA 7

Mantova
STORTA 7
123 mt

LA MAINOLDA

Mantova
LA MAINOLDA
123 mt

BROLETTO

Mantova
BROLETTO
133 mt

SCORCIO SU SANT'ANDREA

Mantova
SCORCIO SU SANT'ANDREA
135 mt

SAN LONGINO HOLIDAY HOME

Mantova
SAN LONGINO HOLIDAY HOME
138 mt

RESIDENZA LA TORRE

Mantova
RESIDENZA LA TORRE
144 mt

ACCADEMIA 21

Mantova
ACCADEMIA 21
144 mt

CASA MAINOLDA

Mantova
CASA MAINOLDA
145 mt