Mantua and surroundings
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The territory of Mantua is littered with the indelible traces of its past rich in history, filled with iconic characters. Buildings and monuments tell us about the rich biography of the territory and we tell the story of its protagonists as the Martyrs of Belfiore, patriots remembered by a monument that is located on Lake Superior with the phrase "Here falling overthrew the executioner"; or as the sharpshooters who distinguished themselves in 1848 in the famous battle and whose memory is honored by the Bridge of Glory Goito. The different Romanesque churches, again, are a legacy of Matilda of Canossa great woman and actress central policy, a strong supporter of the Pope and worthy opponent of Henry IV, who died shortly after he was kept in the Cluniac Monastery of St. Benedict - and it could not be otherwise , on account of his passion for the rural areas of Santa Maria di Mantua as Felonica and, of course, St. Benedict Polirone.
During a vacation or a hike in these lands, in addition, we will encounter in the synagogues and Jewish cemeteries: documents that testify to the large presence of Jews in the thirteenth century. Mantua welcomed, in fact, the Jews expelled from other countries and saw grow, until the advent of Napoleon, the size of the ghetto. Finally, one can not talk about the history of the Lombard city without speaking to them of the great Gonzaga. Theirs was an incredible dish, which saw them begin as tenants and landlords get to take full possession of Mantua, weaving a sophisticated network of strategic alliances with the Emperor and the Pope, with Venice and Ferrara. Under Gonzaga, Mantova became a wonderful destination for artists such as Donatello, Rubens, Pisanello, Mantegna, Leon Battista Alberti.


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