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Mantova was probably founded by the Etruscans, who had occupied a good part of the Plain of the Po. It is a town of art and culture, and was one of the most flourishing centers of Renaissance. The town reached its zenith under Gonzaga patronage, with the presence in the city first of Andrea Mantegna.
In the past hundred years the city has found it difficult to adapt to its new role as provincial center. It is only 40km far from Verona, absolutely a must see when around.
The complex, which is generally called the Ducal Palace or the Gonzaga Palace, consist of a series of buildings, dating to different periods, which were joined together in the course of the 13th to 17th centuries.
The Castle of San Giorgio was built between 1390 and 1406 by the engineer Bartolino da Novara. It is located in a peropheral site overlooking the lakes and next to the Gonzaga residence, surrounded by a moat and drawbridges.
The central court was rebuilt by Andrea Mantegna, where Camera degli Sposi or Camera Picta is situated, one of the most celebrated rooms in all of Renaissance painting.
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