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“Better than the Duomo”

Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova
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Ranked #4 of 119 things to do in Mantua
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

The Basilica di sant Andrea is truly spectacular. Words cannot describe it.
There is nothing to dislike here.

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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Impressive and stylish: designed by Alberti. Lots of painted trompe l'oeil relief with some real relief to keep you guessing! The massive space uninterrupted by columns makes you gasp as you enter (I emitted an invioluntary "Wow!" and then realised there was a Mass on! But it's huge: probably no-one was near enough to hear me!). No art by famous artists, except in Mantegna's little funerary chapel, but the whole conception is awe-inspiring and the decoration is beautiful. Near the top of my favourite churches.

Thank Ciaran T
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

This is definitely not the largest Basilica, but if you have time it's worth the stop. Charming and welcoming.

1  Thank Oleg1968
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

magnificent church with a dome designed by Filippo Juvarra!
you have to be a little patient in this period, the monument is undergoing a thorough restoration especially around the altar and the dome so it is noisy. but you can anyway peep through the plastic sheets and enjoy the bright lively colours of the dome.
it will probably be amazing in a few months. worth anyway!!!

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Reviewed 17 April 2014

This Basilica is to be visited, for it's history and architecture, an advice please take a scarf as it is very humid inside, and at the first look it is a little dark, here is a bit of a story of this place, The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and minor basilica in Mantua, Lombardy (Italy). It is one of the major works of 15th century , situated in the heart of Mantua,
In this church you can visit the sacred vases, to get more info ple ase read on the web site, http://www.liberatiarts.com/chiese/sacrivasi_eng.htm ,Longino the Isaurian (coming from Isauria in Turkey) was the Roman soldier who pierced with a lance the chest of Jesus, dying on the Cross. From his wound spouted blood mixed with water and some drops reached the damaged eyes of Longino which were miraculously healed. This miracle converted the soldier, and he took some earth sodden with the Blood of Jesus. He kept it in a little box with him on his wanderings until he came to Mantua.
The back yard of this church is not to be missed , The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic co-cathedral and minor basilica in Mantua, Lombardy (Italy). It is one of the major works of 15th century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. Commissioned by Ludovico III Gonzaga, the church was begun in 1462 according to designs by Leon Battista Alberti on a site occupied by a Benedictine monastery, of which the bell tower (1414) remains. The building, however, was finished only 328 years later. Though later changes and expansions altered Alberti's design, the church is still considered to be one of Alberti's most complete works. It looms over the Piazza Mantegna.
After visiting St. Andrew's , you can enjoy Many other antique buildings around, just across the road you will see one of the oldest shop buidings .
if you dont want to spend money in the restaurents , there are many bread shops (panificio) where you can buy pizzas and baked delicasies, there is a super market open also during lunch hours just near the Sociale Theatre, you can rest for a while in a park and enjoy your lunch in the bag. then go for a nice ice cream ( there is a good one just in the Piazza Erbe, you get nice Gelato and granitas too).
you will find the Public toilets in the city centre just across the circle tower, entering under the arch., next to st. Andrews basilica.

The entrance to Mantova is beautiful, you will see the skyline of ancient towers, turrets, cupolas and domes. Italian friends tell me that Mantua is known as La Bella Addormentata, a sleeping beauty that hasn't changed since the middle ages.
Go for a ferry ride on the lakes of mantua, from April to July you can also admire the lotus grove, do not forget to go around and taste some tortellini, agnoli, and the specialities with pumkin,our salamelle, sausages, fried gnocco with variety of raw ham, are delicious, a taste of lambrusco, for the sweet tooth a piece of Sbrizolona cake.
you will need a good tourist attraction map, spend 2 days or more, you can visit our palaces,museums, gardens and visit the countryside too. go for a bicycle ride from mantua to Peschiera.

Just last week the museum finaly started exhibiting the amanti di Valdaro - lovers of valdaro the human skeletons dating 6000 years back.

Dont miss the Thursday Mercato ( market place) in the city, one of the biggest markets in europe from about 8.30 a.m to 12.30 to 1p.m, you will find many articles from clothing, shoes, household items, branded items, handicrafts ect.... come to mantua and have fun!!!!
remember Mantua is a quiet city, it is peaceful, if you need more night attractions then you may have to visit a nearby city like Verona.

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