We three Kings of Mantua are

2017-12-15T13:05:59+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Once in the collection of the Gonzagas, Lords of Mantua, the "Ptolemaic Cameo", is today to be found at the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Wien. This stunning carved stone, dating back to 270 BC, shows the portraits of the Greek rulers of Egypt Ptolemy Philadelphus and his sister and wife, Arsinoe. [...]

Santa Lucia is coming to town! (And Mantuan kids get Christmas gifts in advance)

2017-12-05T14:30:27+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In Italy, Santa Claus (i.e. “Babbo Natale”, literally 'Father Christmas') is not the only Christmas gift-giver: in many Italian towns, kids have their presents and goodies delivered by other legendary beings, who visit different areas of Italy on different occasions. In the area of Mantua (and in Brescia, Bergamo, Verona, Parma and Modena as [...]

SAVE THE DATE 10th Dec 2017 From Bethlehem to the North Pole, passing by Volta Mantovana

2017-12-05T15:52:56+00:00 December 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

On Dec 10th Lorenzo Bonoldi - your guide in Mantua - will give a lecture about the myths and the stories of Christmas. The event will be held in the Gonzaga Palace of Volta Mantovana, a mid-fifteenth century castle built by the Lords of Mantua as their country residence. After the lecture, a buffet [...]

Why did I bake a gingerbread version of the Mantua Castle?

2017-12-05T13:15:16+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Historic documents tell us about the sumptuous sweets placed on the tables of the Gonzagas, the Renaissance Lords of Mantua: cakes baked and iced in the form of castles, obelisks and fountains. This year the City of Mantua has appeared on the scene of the “European Region of Gastronomy” and, to mark the Festive [...]