The presence of the river, its richness and fertility, is the origin of every human settlement, small or large, present along its banks. The artistic cities you can visit today along the river used to be the capitl cities of ancient states, constantly competing for the resources coming from the river, as well as for the beauty of their buildings. The history of Italian art is present in all its stages in the cities along the river, From Saluzzo to Comacchio: from Byzantine mosaics to the rococo and baroque style of the palaces of the House of the Savoy, to the great masterpieces of the Renaissance in Ferrara and Mantua and the Romanesque churches of Pavia, Piacenza and Cremona, not to mention the cultural and artistic heritage of international value preserved in the museums of the area.

Music is another major protagonist of local culture, with functioning majestic theatres in most of the cities as well as in smalle towns, as Busseto, the hometown of Giuseppe Verdi. In Cremona Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù made their unequaled violins, that still enchant the audiences in today's theatres. The opera, unsurpassed expression of Italian art in the wolrd, was born in Mantua, from the music by Claudio Monteverdi.

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National Virgilian Academy

The Accademia is an active cultural institution of great prestige, and one of the seven nationa academies. Of sixteenth century origin, it was equipped with a fine library still open

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Town museum – Palazzo San Sebastiano, Mantua

The palace is a former residence of Francesco II Gonzaga, where it is possible to admire the famous “Triumphs of Caesar” frescoed by Andrea Mantegna.
A rich municipal collection of

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Santa Maria Assunta parish, Pieve di Coriano

As stated in a XVI century plaque on its façade, they believe that the church was built on the orders of countess Matilda of Tuscany. Actually, it was already there in 980 and it was related to Reggio Emilia diocese

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The Baptistry in Cremona

It was built in 1167 and it is definitely among the most interesting late-gothic, central-plan buildings; as regards its style and chronology, it fits between the Baptistery of Florence and Parma

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Valli di Comacchio Ecomuseum

"Museo Vivente" nne of the most important lagoon museum in Europe.

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People's Inventions and Pre-Industrial Technology Museum

Inside this museum visitors can find various objects and item regarding the Po River, such as the autochtonous plants herbarium and the draining systems

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