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Mantua and Sabbioneta are two cities in the Po Valley that a World Heritage Site of Italy. They are thirty kilometers from each other. The two cities are showcases different aspects of Renaissance town planning.


Cathedral of Mantua
Cathedral of Mantua
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In Mantua, the Renaissance town planning is implemented through the extension of the existing city and renewal of its buildings. As a result, you can see the different stages of the city's grown, even from as early as the Roman period.


The ducal palace of Sabbioneta
The ducal palace of Sabbioneta
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In Sabbioneta, the Renaissance theories of an ideal city is employed. The result is a single-period city laid out on a right-angle grid. It was established under the rule of one person, Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna.

The differences in approaches to Renaissance town planning from two quite close cities provide an important comparison of the ideals of the Renaissance, and how it is disseminated.

Mantua and Sabbioneta was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 32nd session of the World Heritage Committee in Quebec City, Canada, on 2 - 10 July, 2008.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 45 9 34 E 10 47 40
Inscription Year: 2008
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III
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