Salamanders, giants, horses — a Renaissance pleasure palace in Italy
In the Chamber of the Giants

Salamanders, giants, horses — a Renaissance pleasure palace in Italy

How many salamanders can you find? There are dozens carved into fireplaces hidden in paintings in the Palazzo Te in Mantova in northern Italy, a gem of a Renaissance City as yet undiscovered by American tourists.

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Now this is a real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie
Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy

Now this is a real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie

Day Six - at charming small restaurant La Locanda de le Grazie in the village of Grazie just a few miles outside the amazingly preserved undiscovered Renaissance city of Mantova (Mantua in English).

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Mantova Italy – a hidden gem of history, art, music and literature
Guido Luisa and Baldesar Castiglioni at Palazzo Castigilioni

Mantova Italy – a hidden gem of history, art, music and literature

We stay in Mantova, between Milan and Venice and near Verona, an off-the-tourist-track town that has an amazing history in art, music and literature. Shakespeare wrote that Romeo bought his poison here.

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