Sunday, 18 January 2015

Misty Misty Mantua

Sunday was promising. We got up early. We had a quick breakfast and jumped in the car. The sun was shining.

Then we hit the autostrada and around Bergamo it started to get foggy, then a bit foggier and then some more. But it was too late. We had already booked our restaurant in Mantova and the tortelli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli) were calling to us.

True Padana Driving - 50km/h max!

It was slow going but before we knew it we were already at the car park. No sign of the city's outskirts in this fog. We crossed the lakes on foot having hoped to see Mantua's famous skyline, but obviously it was a white-out so we admired it via google images on A's phone!

First Glimpse of Mantova

Piazza Ducale
We had a second breakfast in what appeared to be Piazza Ducale.Then we wondered around. It was very cold. Very very cold. The town is very very pretty though. It's like a mini Florence - everything renaissance! The co-cathedral was really something (sadly, photos not allowed).

The garden in Palazzo Ducale

Shopping in Mantua

After an hour and a half we were thoroughly chilled so we headed to our trattoria. Eating pumpkin ravioli in Mantua was one of the things on my list that I want to do by the time I'm 30 (If you were wondering - yes they are all rather achievable). They didn't disappoint. The wine was also very tasty. I love fizzy reds.

Very happy with my pasta
After having been all toasty inside outside felt even colder. So we went to Palazzo Te, built by one of the dukes of Mantova. Mantova/Mantua was once a regional capital hence the stunning architectural legacy) The rooms are pretty much all empty, but it took us over 90 mins to see it as it is rather impressively decorated. Imagine how an incredibly rich 15 year old boy who loves war, sex and giants might decorate his house and you're pretty much there. My favourite room was the horse room, obviously. A's was the lifesize giants room.

Palazzo Te (slightly NSFW!)
 When we came out the chill wind had been lifting the fog and we had to march very fast back to the other side of the lakes to take the photos I wanted before the sun went down. Luckily A is used to this and is very cooperative.

An Italian Scene

Skyline of Mantua

Across the lake.


Grace Brandon said...

Lovely photos.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I've only been there once but I loved it. Thanks for reminding me how beautiful it is.

training said...

Realy Beautiful scenes... I was at Bergamo before 3-4 years. Too much cold and too much snow but a beautiful view especialy from the top of the mountain. I hope for an update soon :)

Louisette said...

Wonderfull fotos, nice reportage.

Laruchka said...

Thank you training, thank you Louisette.