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“Cavolo, anche se ti odio a morte, vederti fa sempre uno strano effetto, un colpo al cuore quando poi ti vedo strizzare gli occhi mentre ridi. Sei una vera opera d’arte.
Odio te, ma odio anche questi chilometri: eppure riprenderei il treno anche adesso, solo per vederti sorridere ancora, perchè quando tu sorridi, sorrido anche io.”

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Mantova, Lombardia (Mantua, Lombardy), Italy

Mantova (Mantua) was independent since 1115 to 1707 (free Commune, after Signoria (Seigniory) and Duchy), when it was united with the Duchy of Milan, both ruled at that time by Habsburg of Austria.

The Gonzaga family, Dukes of Mantua, was generous patrons. Several artists worked for them: Pisanello (c. 1395 - c. 1455), Andrea Mantegna (c. 1431 - 1506), Filippo Brunelleschi (1377 - 1446), Leon Battista Alberti 1404-1472), Tiziano (Titian) (c. 1488 - 1576), Perugino (c. 1446 - 1523), Correggio (1489 - 1534), Giulio Romano (1499 - 1546), and many more): because of its architecture and art pieces, this period is also known as “Mantuan Renaissance”.

The city is worth to visit for masses of artworks, its gastronomic specialties, and Festivaletteratura (International Literary Festival) on every September.

The old city of Mantua and its surroundings are a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Mantua is surrounded on three sides from artificial lakes, which made it impregnable by possible besiegers.

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