Sabbioneta, the “ideal city” of the Italian Renaissance

Crossed by the forty-fifth parallel and practically equidistant between Mantua and the city of Parma, Sabbioneta , in the past, was strategically positioned in what was the heart of the Po Valley.

Built between the Oglio and Po rivers, where the Via Vitelliana once passed, Sabbioneta, the “ideal city” of the Italian Renaissance commissioned by Vespasiano Gonzaga, is a city of architecture, culture and art, a UNESCO heritage site. If its walls are a magnificent example of military architecture, the Church of San Rocco, the Church of the Carmine, the Church of the Assumption and the Church of the Beata Vergine Incoronata are for religious architecture.

In addition to visiting the historic Jewish quarter, the Palazzo del Giardino , the Teatro all’Antica , the Galleria degli Antichi and the Palazzo Ducale stand out as ideal examples of civil architecture . In Sabbioneta, the visitor, at every step, will therefore find himself in front of an incredible panorama. A sort of silent tale that offers all its inherent preciousness.

From the fascinating past, Sabbioneta, therefore, proposes an exceptional path that unravels between evident and hidden beauty. Not for nothing, as the “ideal city” of the Italian Renaissance, it is all to be discovered and admired.

Through the various treasures of its vast artistic heritage, you can get excited by visiting a place where local urban planning, architecture, art, culture and history are themes that intertwine and give life to a unique and exemplary triumph of great harmony. Apparently, Sabbioneta appears to be a fascinating representation of what can be considered a pure philosophical ambition. In reality it offers the maximum expression of classicism.

It was the Duke Vespasiano Gonzaga who wanted to have it built to manifest the very concept of the Ideal City in vogue in the Renaissance period. In fact, Sabbioneta is a village with an incredible artistic and architectural value, the result of a project based on sixteenth-century theories .

In fact, in the years from 1556 to 1591, its founder created a unique city for its social fabric, its buildings and urban modernization. Each bulwark, each layout of streets and roads, each building, represents with incredible architectural precision, an indelible and strong historical reference to the Renaissance style, a symbol of the greatness of Vespasiano Gonzaga Colonna.

On the other hand, it is undeniable that admiring its buildings, its views and its streets, it is incredibly easy to recognize how all those theories of proportions and perspective theories have contributed to giving Sabbioneta that elegance and harmony for which comes to be considered as the “ideal city” of the Italian Renaissance. Exploring its beauties, therefore, will be an exceptional and unique experience. Not surprisingly, Sabbioneta has been included in 2008 by Unesco as a place of exceptional universal value , a true and magnificent treasure trove of architecture and art.

Not for nothing does Sabbioneta appear to be part of the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy, as well as that the Italian Touring Club has granted it the honor of receiving the Orange Flag. If you want to discover other spectacular places in our region, do not miss our dedicated article: The 20 villages of Lombardy elected among the “most beautiful in Italy” .

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