Unesco world heritage city, Mantua is a unique city where History and Art reign supreme. Museums, monuments, great food, natural excursions, cultural events are only a few of the reasons why you should visit Mantua and live unique and unrepeatable emotions.
Mantua, city of water and rivers, was, for Four Centuries, region of the Gonzaga, the Family that hosted in his court the most famous artists of that time: Leon Battista Alberti, Pisanello, Andrea Mantegna, Giulio Romano, Rubens and many more, whose handiworks are still part of Mantua's heritage.
Beautiful city of Art to be discovered by taking a walk around his streets, where you can find in every corner its character as a magnificent Renaissance City. The House of Este ruled the city for three centuries and gave her the appearance that still preserves today: a unique city-planning that melts Middle Age and Renaissance and, just for this characteristic, has been designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site. It is a silent city, on a human scale, to be discovered by walking or cycling, reliving magical atmospheres of the past at every step.
The city, as it is considered the Northern part, gave the name to the sea: the Adriatic. Here, on a branch of the Po Delta, Greeks and Etruscans had established the gateway to the Po valley. To breath its most typical atmospheres, you just have to walk through the streets of the center and along the interlacing of the canals, the “Riviere”, that testify the history of the city which was an important port and then a strategic defensive point. The colors and the venetian shapes peep out into the streets and squares (so similar to what are called Campielli in Venice), into the facades of the buildings and in the precious sacred furnishings of the cathedral, that come from Venice.
The ciy is located in the extreme Southern edge of the Venetian lagoon, from the sea and the lagoon, almost suspended between different shades of blue of the sky and water. Divided by the sea by a long strip of sand (the Sottomarina Lido), Chioggia has always intrigued scholars, travelers and writers, for its conformation of the narrow streets known as “calli” built in an almost perfect order to form the classic herringbone, fish of which the city lives with its millenary culture. Venetian architecture dominates the city, so much that Chioggia is often called “Little Venice”.
It is impossible to find the right words to define this jewell: elegant, precious, inimitable, fun, romantic. Churches, buildings, old bridges, monuments and squares tell the artistic and cultural liveliness that has marked (and still marks) the history of this city. The beating heart of Venice the splendid Piazza San Marco, the most elegant “living room” in Europe, surrounded by works of unquestionable value: the bell tower and the basilica with its five portals and the decorations of marble and mosaics that anticipate the pomp and richness of the interior; the Ducal Palace, symbol of the golden age of the Serenissima; the Tower of the Moors, better known as the Clock Tower, for the engineering masterpiece that for centuries has marked the time of Venice. And then, getting lost in the narrow streets, called “calli”, is a wonderful experience.
The POI that we have indicated are purely examples, as it is impossible to list, in a few spaces, the dozens and dozens of artistic and landscape attractions that the area offers to its guests, from Mantua to Venice to the Po Delta. Bike and Boat is committed in promoting every location, museum and activity by increasing, day by day, its pages.
GRAZIE (Mantova), one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, resting on the right bank of the Mincio River, houses among the lotus flowers one of its most admired Marian sanctuaries and the artistic liveliness of various beauty. Every year, on 15th August, it hosts the “Madonnari”, artists who, together with their chalks and their ephemeral art cover the square in front of the Basilica. A place of worship, but also of great artistic wealth, to be visited absolutely.
A few hundred meters from the mouth of the Oglio River, the penultimate left tributary of the Po, in Cesole, stands this wonderful bridge which is still manually moved according to the level of the waterways, moving the large boats that support the large wooden planks that form the via carraia. One of the last boat deck that resists modernity and concrete. Definitely worth a ride.
The monumental complex of San Benedetto Po (Mantua) was a highlight center of spirituality and art. In ancient times San Benedetto in Polirone indicated the island that stood between the River Po and the River Lirone. Over a thousand years of history are therefore sedimented in its structures in a path of wavy frescoes, archaeological finds, architectural and decorative elements, statues and tstimonies of material culture from the year of foundation until today.
A visionary entrepreneur, saved a jewel of industrial archeology, bringing out and enhancing his new opportunities. At the mill you can sleep, eat well, visit the museum and go hiking in the nearby villages. You can get there by bicycle or boat, docking directly on the shore of the ancient mill. It is a place loved by many people, who constantly take care of it. It is a point of reference for the whole territory. It is a place that remains in the heart.
Located on the left bank of the Po, between floodpains and countryside in the region of Rovigo, a small town rises: Bergantino. It hosts a museum one of a kind: the Carousel and popular show museum. A “toy town” with many stories to tell, seasoned with the fantasy of the artists, storytellers and jugglers who animated the squares of the villages in the past times. The path offers to the visitor an imaginary journey in the spaces of the game and the fantasy through distant worlds in one engaging setup . The surprises and the wonders will certainly not be missing.
Since 1800 the Mantovani family has handed down the passion for liqueurs and spirits using the ancient manuscripts which preserve the precious recipes for its artisan preparations “as in the past”. Inside the distilleries there is the business museum or “the future of memory” that reconstructs the entrepreneurial and working history of six generations. Inside the museum, there are objects of the company itself but also objects acquired during the research.