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Sabbioneta, a characteristic village in the province of Mantua, originally conceived by the prince and patron Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna
Via Teatro Olimpico, 2, Sabbioneta (MN)
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Sabbioneta (MN) is a prince's dream, a sort of calm madness.
A wonderful "ideal" city on a human scale, created from nothing in the second half of the sixteenth century by Vespasiano Gonzaga, where once there was nothing but malaria and marshes that needed to be reclaimed.
This microscopic world seems to be detached from the surrounding rural environment: it is a strip of sandy land (hence the name of the village) bathed by the Po and the Oglio, which a prince-patron has immersed in the dreamlike dimension of the Renaissance, in which urban planning takes into account the modern and functional vision of the sixteenth century and where the shapes, proportions and measurements reflect a secret alchemical beauty (based on numbers 6 and 12 as revealed by the hexagonal walls or the cosmological significance of the sun at the zenith December - the birth day of Vespasiano - when he enters the Palazzo Ducale).
Sabbioneta is the masterpiece of a single man who created a little Rome to placate its nostalgia for the eternal city, of which the ancient remains were the model.
Everything is incredible: the covered gallery, with eternity impressed in every stone, the delightful Teatro all'Antica, the marvellous rooms of the Ducal palace with the wooden ceilings in elaborate mannerist style, on which Vespasiano laid his last gaze, the palace Garden or its mausoleum.
The building paralysis at his death is the symbol of the sunset of the Renaissance and the urban structure (in the shape of a six-pointed star) has not undergone great alterations, giving us a born and dead city with its architect, petrified in its evolution and blocked at the 1591: a supernova star that has gone out, but continues to shine for its glorious past. For all this it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mantua in 2008.
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