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Rotonda di San Lorenzo

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Rotonda di San Lorenzo

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Piazza Erbe, 46100, Mantua Italy
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Day Trip from Milan: Mantua and its highlights - private tour
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Day Trip from Milan: Mantua and its highlights - private tour

From the Middle, Lower and Upper Lakes that the Mincio River creates near Mantua, just follow the call of the Domes of the Doge's Palace to enter the city: a world out of time. It was designed by the Gonzaga family, together with the greatest artists of the time. Palazzo Te, just outside the door, is the leisure villa designed by the great architect Giulio Romano. Unmissable the complex of Palazzo Ducale with marvellous frescoes which celebrated the dinasty of Ludovico II. Spend about 3 hours with your private guide wandering through the best corners of the city! A stop for lunch is included during the day. ( at your own expense )
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Andrew D wrote a review Aug 2020
Milan, Italy138 contributions60 helpful votes
Below street level, this relatively small and quiet thousand year old church had been subsumed by surrounding buildings and only rediscovered when these were demolished about one hundred years ago. Go and enjoy.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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DamCar65 wrote a review Mar 2020
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Just opposite the Basilica di Sant'Andrea is a lovely little chapel called “Rotonda di San Lorenzo”. The most ancient church in the city (11th century), inspired by the Holy Sepulchre Church in Jerusalem and dedicated to St Lawrence. Completely round with beautiful Byzantine frescoes. You can feel the history as soon as you walk in the door and also a great way to escape from the heat for a few minutes. A card (in various languages) is available at the entrance explaining several features. Very well worth a few minutes of your time.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Claudia N wrote a review Dec 2019
Bernau am Chiemsee, Germany42 contributions19 helpful votes
With a very special history in this church is a place not to be missed. Tucked away next to Mantua’s main squares this place is easily overlooked. It has an energy all to its own, recharging batteries when you are open to it.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Christopher C wrote a review Oct 2019
Gravesend, United Kingdom178 contributions59 helpful votes
Just popped in attracted by the shape of the building. It doesn't disappoint inside either. Despite its pristine condition outside and in you can feel the history.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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AllanJGJ wrote a review Sep 2019
Wellington, New Zealand3,199 contributions908 helpful votes
This is a fascinating little church with a very rare, circular design. It's 11th century and apparently based on the design of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Perhaps the most interesting features are the byzantine frescoes and the separate loggia for female worshippers, a very rare throwback to the early days of the church. It's also interesting to see how the ground level of these old towns build up over the centuries; the church is about a metre below the current ground level in the Piazza. Worth five minutes of your time as you stroll by.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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