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Sabbioneta

Sabbioneta, a characteristic village in the province of Mantua, originally conceived by the prince and patron Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna

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Where
Provincia di Mantova
Sabbioneta (MN)
Contacts
+39 0375 223011
Official site
Infopoint
Infopoint Sabbioneta
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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Places

Sanctuary of the Lady of the Fountain

  • Art & Culture
Sanctuary of the Lady of the Fountain
4.33 km

Duomo of Casalmaggiore

The Duomo stands majestically at the end of Via Favagrossa. It is a neoclassical building, built in the mid-nineteenth century
  • Religious Tourism
Duomo of Casalmaggiore
5.57 km

Santa Chiara Monastery

Magnificent sixteenth-century complex of 10,000 square meters, formerly the Clarisse Monastery, today a modern multi-purpose structure
  • Religious Tourism
Santa Chiara Monastery
5.57 km

Casalmaggiore’s Cathedral

The Cathedral is located at the end of Favagrossa Street. It is a Neo-Classical building built at the half of the 19th Century.
  • Art & Culture
Casalmaggiore’s Cathedral
5.82 km

Museo del Bijou

The realm of costume jewelery
  • Art & Culture
Museo del Bijou
5.9 km

Diotti Museum

  • Art & Culture
Diotti Museum
5.91 km

Piazza Garibaldi in Casalmaggiore

  • Art & Culture
Piazza Garibaldi in Casalmaggiore
5.93 km

Garibaldi Square in Casalmaggiore

  • Art & Culture
Garibaldi Square in Casalmaggiore
6.02 km

The Park of the Po Plain

  • Cycle Tourism
The Park of the Po Plain
6.75 km

Mina della Scala Castle

Built at the end of the 16th Century to welcome the noble family Schizzi during the Summer, it offers a wonderful landscape
  • Art & Culture
Mina della Scala Castle
10.53 km

Pomponesco

  • Villages
Pomponesco (MN)
11.49 km

San Zavedro Church

  • Art & Culture
San Zavedro Church
11.95 km

Santissima Trinità Church

  • Art & Culture
Santissima Trinità Church
12.63 km

Villa Medici del Vascello

The villa was acquired by the municipality of San Giovanni in Croce in 2005
  • Art & Culture
Villa Medici del Vascello
12.68 km

Medici del Vascello Villa

Since 2005, the villa and the garden have been owned by the Municipality of San Giovanni in Croce and in 2014 they were opened again.
  • Art & Culture
Medici del Vascello Villa
12.7 km

Where to sleep

AL DUCA

Sabbioneta
AL DUCA
308 mt

LUNA RESIDENCE HOUSE SABBIONETA

Sabbioneta
LUNA RESIDENCE HOUSE SABBIONETA
343 mt

DA NINA

Sabbioneta
DA NINA
380 mt

HOTEL BIFI

Casalmaggiore
HOTEL BIFI
3.26 km

AGRITURISMO IL SOLE

Rivarolo del Re ed Uniti
AGRITURISMO IL SOLE
5.17 km

OSTELLO BREDA

Rivarolo del Re ed Uniti
OSTELLO BREDA
5.17 km

LA ROTONDA

Casalmaggiore
LA ROTONDA
5.43 km

IL TEATRO

Casalmaggiore
IL TEATRO
5.85 km

LUNA RESIDENCE HOTEL

Casalmaggiore
LUNA RESIDENCE HOTEL
5.89 km

AL TORRIONE

Casalmaggiore
AL TORRIONE
5.98 km

NOEMI & JULIENNE BED & BREAKFAST

Spineda
NOEMI & JULIENNE BED & BREAKFAST
7.31 km

LA FAVORITA

Casalmaggiore
LA FAVORITA
7.84 km

EUROPA

Viadana
EUROPA
8.47 km

AL TRAGHETTO

Rivarolo Mantovano
AL TRAGHETTO
9.43 km

OSTELLO BORTOLINO

Viadana
OSTELLO BORTOLINO
9.71 km

AGRITURISMO CORTE MANZOGLIO

Gazzuolo
AGRITURISMO CORTE MANZOGLIO
9.91 km

CASTELLO MINA DELLA SCALA

Casteldidone
CASTELLO MINA DELLA SCALA
10.53 km

CORTE BUVOLI

Viadana
CORTE BUVOLI
11.09 km

AGRITURISMO TORRE D'OGLIO

Viadana
AGRITURISMO TORRE D'OGLIO
11.32 km

IL GLICINE

San Martino dall'Argine
IL GLICINE
11.33 km