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“Amazing food, great hospitality”

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Is CorteBondeno Sabbioneta's best kept secret? Well it's surely the perfect place to spend a few relaxing hours enjoying great home made food. Every dish we had this afternoon had a delicious subtlety,was so fresh and original.
We loved the crispy pumpkin slices, the prosciutto , the 3 (!) different pasta's , tender-cooked pork roast,the accompanying sparkling red Lambrusco , not to mention the sweet Moscato wine that we had with the dessert. All of this & much more in 1 menu.
Why this place isn't booked weeks in advance is a mystery but we were there early in the season.
Don't think twice about what to order, just take the recommended menu & have it all. Including sbrisolano, that delicious almond biscuitlike cake. (Take one home with a bottle Lambrusco & dream on at home!) Unforgettable experience in beautiful & quiet surroundings.
But most of all we enjoyed & loved the great hospitality of Andrea & his staff. Mille grazie ! (For pictures and a Dutch review look for the blog from Saskia at ciaotutti. Look for Sabbioneta & Corte Bondeno)

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Federico ll, Duke of Mantua was a man with a lot of money and a passion for his mistress, Isabella, of whom his mother whole-heartedly disapproved. So in 1527 he set about building a palace for her. Since nothing but the best would do and he wanted a palace for love and pleasure, he employed Giulio Romano, one of the finest artists of his day to decorate the palace with his frescoes. The fact that Giulio was on the run from the authorities in Rome who wanted to jail him for pornography, probably made him even more suitable in Frederico's eyes. But Giulio was no mere porn merchant. He was painting for Frederico the myths and stories of the goddesses and gods of ancient Greece and Rome, and by a tradition going back 2000 years, they were often portrayed as naked beauties. So the Palazzo Te's walls are covered with the most lovely young people in the pursuit and enjoyment of love, together with sundry satyrs, nymphs and minor deities of the woods and springs. It's all great fun, and to most people, not all shocking. The most erotic room was chosen for a private dinner party for the Emperor Charles Vth and two Cardinals. Oh to have been a fly on the wall and heard their comments! But history tells us that not all Sixteenth Century clergy were devout celibates, so perhaps they were just amused. In the most amazing room, Giulio has painted the Battle between the God and the Giants, and in a small space you can experience pillars crushing giants, and their panic. One giant is being crashed into the water by a vast chunk of masonry falling on his naked bottom, while above Jupiter hurls down thunderbolts. It's almost 3-D 450 years too early.
Oh, and, if you are fazed by Italy's ' Lundi chiuso- closed on Mondays- policy, the Palazzo Te opens at 1pm on Mondays.
It's superb. We drove 80 minutes to get there, and don't regret a second.

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Reviewed 30 July 2015

I recommend visit in San Giorgio Castle .The most important thing in it is Camera degli Sposi ("bridal chamber"), sometimes known as the Camera picta ("painted chamber"). A room frescoed with illusionistic paintings by Andrea Mantegna commissioned by Ludovico III Gonzaga, and is notable for the use of trompe l'oeil details and its di sotto in sù ceiling.

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Reviewed 30 June 2015

We travelled from Verona by train ( approx £5 return) - very easy to do and modern trains . Check timetable at Trenitalia.
It was a Sat so busy with Italiens shopping but we had a delightful day exploring the major Palazzo's (Ducal and Te) and exploring the lovely porticoed terraces. This is a very walkable city and did seem smaller than Verona but with many grand Renaissance buildings to explore.
Ate at the lovely Ristorante Tiratappi da Orazio with some excellent pasta and great service.
Do explore Mantua - it is worth the effort!

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Reviewed 15 February 2015

Crossing the causeway, you can't help but feel that you are approaching a fortified city in the Middle Ages. This World Heritage site is well worth a look. Although there are all modern conveniences tucked into ancient buildings, the atmosphere remains with the narrow cobbled streets and gothic palace.

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