Sabbioneta (Mantua province): city centre + palaces
Private sightseeing tour Introduction: Mantua was not alone in experiencing the splendours of the Gonzaga family.
20 participants maximum
Service with guide
In their feuds the cadet lines of the Gonzaga family gave birth to courts rich in works of art. Among all these feuds Sabbioneta became the Little Athens of the Renaissance thanks to a Gonzaga grown-up among the great of Europe. In the 16th century a village was turned into a capital town thanks to its Prince: Vespasiano Gonzaga. Sabbioneta boasts an almost intact Renaissance street-network, a city wall, two city gates, urbanistic structures and buildings like the theatre, the Ducal Palace, the Garden Palace, the long gallery, the Incoronata church, where Vespasiano was buried, and the synagogue. The theatre represented a real revolutionary work, being the first example of permanent theatre in an age of strolling players. Sabbioneta is located 30 km west from Mantua.
Tour Highlights: The guided tour starts with Palazzo Giardino (inside visit), the private villa of Vespasiano Gonzaga. Linked to the palace the long gallery called "Corridor Grande" (inside visit) which housed the Vespasiano’s art collections. Waking down the main street we reach the Renaissance theatre (inside visit), the second permanent theater buiklt after the Roman age but the very first one in the theatre history to use a foyer, a stage door and dressing rooms. Around the Ducal square it is still possible to see the Renaissance public buildings, the city church of Assunta and the Ducal palace (inside visit). At the corner of Ducal square stands the Jewish suburb with the Synagogue (inside visit). Walk through some street up to one of the city Gates where it is possible to see city wall.
The guided tour ends in the same place where it starts: Piazza Armi in front of the Palazzo Giardino
The tour includes:
giuded tour service only
The tour does not include:
12 Euro/each as admission ticket to Garden Palace, Ducal Palace, long Gallery Corridor Grande, Theatre and Synagogue