F.A.I: give importance to our treasures
Le giornate FAI di Primavera sono l'incontro delle più disparate persone, grandi, piccoli, giovani, anziani, nelle città, nei paesi, nei borghi, attorno ad un monumento d'arte o ad uno spettacolo naturale per riappropriarsene e promuovere una presa di coscienza verso questi Beni che testimoniano il nostro passato, ma sono anche una realtà presente e rappresentano uno straordinario serbatoio di valori per le generazioni future.
F.A.I (Fondo per l'ambiente Italiano a sort of National Trust) tries to protect elements of Italy's physical heritage which might otherwise be lost and each year ther open to the pyublic several monuments that otherwise would not be accessible.
Il Duomo di San Pietro
The Cathedral already existed in the 11th century and was rebuilt more than once. Walls of the Gothic chapels still remain on the right flank while the bell tower is Romanesque.
The first reconstructions of the Cathedral of Mantova have started in the middle of the 16th century according to the wooden model designed by Giulio Romano. However, the new facade, to replace the late Gothic one, was never finished. The present facade in Carrara marble was built between 1756 and 1761by the architect Nicolo Baschiera in a stayle which combined the Neoclassic and the Baroque.
The bell tower of Santa Barbara
The bell tower of Palatine Basilica of Santa Barbara rises above the scenographic Cortile della Cavallerizza, which makes a part of the Palazzo Ducale complex.
The bell tower, detached from the body of the church, was designed by Bertani who may have taken inspiration from San Biagio in Montepulciano.
City Full Of Art, Churches, Palazzos, and Lakes
"Mantova? Mantua? It's Both!"
When I taught "Romeo and Juliet", I recall that Shakespeare refers to Romeo being banished to "Mantua", and in the city itself, and all the pamphlets here in Italy refer to it in English as "Mantua", but on the Maps and in several books and on this site, it is called "Mantova".
Both are correct.
Regardless, it is a fantastic city with something for everyone...three lakes: Lake Superior, Lake of Mezzo; Lake Inferior, Twelve or more churches: One Basilica, One Duomo, One Rotonda, Seven Palazzos: two most important ones are PalazzoTe and Ducal Palace, several parks: the largest with the Monument to Virgil as its centerpiece, and wonderful piazzas: Piazza Sordello, Piazza Erbe, Piazza Mantegna, and Piazza Marconi being the most famous.
Mantova (Mantua) is an ancient city with wonderful architecture, fine shops, and interesting sites.