• 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 private walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Mantua private walking tour
294 mt

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

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

Mantua private walking tour

  • Art & Culture
Mantua private walking tour
418 mt

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

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

Where to sleep

CA' DELLE ERBE

Mantova
CA' DELLE ERBE
39 mt

SUITE S. ANDREA

Mantova
SUITE S. ANDREA
60 mt

CASA MARGHERITA

Mantova
CASA MARGHERITA
75 mt

A.A.A.ARMONIE

Mantova
A.A.A.ARMONIE
104 mt

PALAZZO CASTIGLIONI

Mantova
PALAZZO CASTIGLIONI
224 mt

MANTOVA HOME

Mantova
MANTOVA HOME
245 mt

SUITE LE GROTTESCHE

Mantova
SUITE LE GROTTESCHE
247 mt

RESIDENZA ART BOUTIQUE

Mantova
RESIDENZA ART BOUTIQUE
308 mt

MANSION

Mantova
MANSION
342 mt

SWEET MANTOVA

Mantova
SWEET MANTOVA
360 mt

CASA DEL TEATRO

Mantova
CASA DEL TEATRO
365 mt

RESIDENZA SAN LEONARDO

Mantova
RESIDENZA SAN LEONARDO
410 mt

CASA TASSONI

Mantova
CASA TASSONI
442 mt

LE STANZE DELL'ARTISTA

Mantova
LE STANZE DELL'ARTISTA
486 mt

LE RESIDENZE DI MANTOVA

Mantova
LE RESIDENZE DI MANTOVA
508 mt

L'AFFRESCO

Mantova
L'AFFRESCO
563 mt

SUITE MAZZINI 13

Mantova
SUITE MAZZINI 13
651 mt

LA TERRAZZA

Mantova
LA TERRAZZA
796 mt

ABBAZIA

Mantova
ABBAZIA
901 mt

CIVICO 31

Mantova
CIVICO 31
941 mt