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Mantova

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  • Day206

    Day 207: Mantua

    September 9, 2017 in Italy

    Next stop, Mantua. On the road at the usual time, heading south of Verona to the small city of Mantua. This is fairly similar to Verona, only it's not as touristy and was never part of the Venetian republic. For centuries it was ruled by the Gonzaga family, and as a result it's got quite a unified look and layout.

    So we drove down and found a park, then commenced wandering. We basically went south to north through the city, looking at all the buildings and architecture. Lots of people around as it was a busy Saturday, and there was a literary festival of some sort happening. Not so many tourists here by the looks of it, certainly compared to Verona!

    A few highlights included the 11th-century rotunda of San Lorenzo, a circular chapel that had essentially been covered over by other buildings and only recently re-exposed. It's noticeably lower than the surrounding street levels! Also had a look at the Palazzo Ducale which was the grand residence of the dukes who lived here. No inside access for us, sadly, as of course no dogs are allowed inside.

    The whole area is a world heritage site so we did our filming and kept wandering, though I found myself a lot less taken with the place. Not quite sure why - it's just not as visually arresting as Verona I guess, though it did feel a little more authentic. Still lots of buildings where you can see Renaissance-era frescoes painted around the outside, fading in the sun.

    Had lunch at a busy cafe on the pedestrian mall where we both had tortelli, a local speciality. It's similar to tortellini but filled with sweet pumpkin, topped with olive oil and parmesan. Very delicious.

    More wandering looking at churches and old buildings, before we eventually got tired and headed back to the car, via Palazzo Te which was built outside the walls as the summer house for the duke. These days of course it's completely surrounded by the city. Again we couldn't go inside, and there was some literary event happening anyway so we wouldn't have seen much.

    Back home fairly early, around 4pm, where we settled in and got a bunch of work done including finalising our itinerary for the rest of September. After Venice we'll head east across to Koper in Slovenia and hire another car for the rest of the month. We'll explore that part of Slovenia, then head to Ljubljana the capital around the 20th for about 5 nights. Then the last five nights we'll head to the north-west of Slovenia and Lake Bled, where we'll meet up with Shandos's parents.

    Another big thunderstorm late in the evening!
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  • Day1

    Residenza La villa

    August 20, 2015 in Italy

    Szerencsésen megérkeztünk. A tegnap este, illetve éjszaka kissé hosszúra sikerült, Erik anyukájával hajnalig beszélgetés, így a mai utazás kínlódós volt.
    A hely nem ismeretlen, tavaly már megszálltunk itt. Csodás villa mantova határában, XVIII században épült. Történetét még kinyomozom. Ma a pihenésnek szenteljük az estét de reggel nyakunkba vesszük a várost, és talán eljutunk futni is a tópartra. Persze a futósruhám otthon hagytam így egy sportboltot is kéne keríteni. Ja, és este 8 van, 30 fok.Read more

  • Day3

    Mantova

    August 22, 2015 in Italy

    Tegnap nagy része henyéléssel telt, tegnap decathlon (persze ma elaludtuk a futást 😊) aztán ücsörgés a mantovai vízparton, ami tavalyhoz képes óriási változáson ment Át sajnos nagyon benőttr az alga. Még dolgozunk a pihenésen úgyhogy délután visszajöttünk szundizni, aztán elmentünk a Palazzo Teparkjába szintén sétálni és ücsörögni. Nem volt túl aktív nap 😃

  • Day2

    Mantova FC - Lumezzane

    April 23, 2017 in Italy

    In Mantova angekommen fanden wir direkt einen super Parkplatz und deckten uns mit Tickets, so wie Fanartikel ein!
    Ein mega Old-school Stadion. Leider waren zwei Tribünen geschlossen bzw die eine war leer, da lediglich 10 Lumezzane-Fans da waren, die sich unter die Heimfans auf der Haupttribüne mischten. Viel los war nicht, aber die Heimseite überraschte und gefiel mit einem sehr starken Support über 90 Minuten, welcher noch mit einigen Rauchern untermalt wurde. Das war ein starker Auftritt!
    Lumezzane ging durch einen Elfmeter in der 4. Minute in Führung, ehe Mantova durch ein absolutes Traumtor in der 15. Minute ausglich! Das wars dann leider auch an Highlights. Es wurden kaum Torchancen herausgespielt. Kurz vor Schluss hatte Mantova dann durch einen Fallrückzieher die große Chance auf den Sieg. Leider blieb es beim 1:1.
    Nichts desto trotz ein klasse Stadion mit einem super Support! Auf dem Rückweg zum Hotel in Bergamo, wurde obligatorisch Mecces angesteuert. So konnte man hinter Abendessen auch einen Haken machen.
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