The richest area of Unesco sites in the world
In 2008, in conjunction with Mantua, Sabbioneta was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city was founded by Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna in 1554 on the same site where there was already a fortress. It is an ancient settlement, set on the alluvial soil of the plain between the Po and Oglio rivers along the route of the ancient Via Vitelliana.
It is in a strategic position and was the capital of a small state between the Duchy of Mantua, the Duchy of Parma, Piacenza and the Duchy of Milan.
The town was built according to the humanist principles of the Ideal City. Inside the town you will find the Palazzo Ducale, the Olympic Theatre designed by Vincenzo Scamozzi, the Gallery of the Ancients, the garden palace and the church of Sant’Antonio Abate. The strength of its defensive walls made Sabbioneta one of the most well-equipped bastions of Lombardy in those times.
According to the American lawyer and writer Richard Paul Roe, the dream in William Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, might not have been set in Athens, but in Sabbioneta, which has been called a small Athens since its original foundations were laid.
An “ideal city” is the concept of an urban settlement (designed or just imagined, or, in rare cases put into practice) whose urban design reflects, (according to a predominantly geometric scheme), abstract criteria and principles of rationality, with a scientific approach, characteristics that often accompany a strong utopian charge.
The myth of the ideal city has been spread throughout the entire history of urbanized humanity since ancient times, but it refers particularly to the Renaissance, when the city, after the decline of antiquity and the passage of feudal and medieval times, once again rose to the central role of a privileged place in which to live.
Since the fifteenth century, theoretical experience and the debate regarding the “ideal city” were so intense that they made that topic, (even in the absence of real practical achievements), one of the great inspirational junctions on which the reflection of Art, Architecture and Renaissance urbanism were made.
Is a medieval village that rises on a small hill overlooking a heart-shaped lake in the Province of Mantua. It is also located just a short distance from Peschiera on Lake Garda.
Since 2011, Lagusello has been one of the 111 archaeological sites located in the Alps that became part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site within the special sites that are known as ancient settlements in the Alps.
This is an unspoiled village with refurbished architecture and exemplary restorations that retain the typical features of the era in which it was built.
The lake and the castle (dating back to 1100 1200) give their name to the small village that is part of the association responsible for some of the most beautiful villages in Italy.