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The history and the look of the Mantua are strictly bound to the Gonzaga family, dukes from 1328 to 1707. Commanders of mercenary troops, shrewd politicians, cardinals, they were first of all art lovers and they gathered in Mantua the most genial artists of their time: Rubens, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Guercino, Correggio, Giulio Romano, Dosso Dossi, Leon Battista Alberti, and off course Andrea Mantegna, the author of wonderful frescoes at Castello di San Giorgio (The Wedding Chamber). They enriched the town with precious works such as Palazzo del Te, the most shining example of Italian Mannerism, with its imposing frescos in the sala dei Giganti. Palazzo Ducale, the Gonzaga Palace, is a town inside the town which contains noble palaces, churches, squares, and gardens. Walking through its 500 rooms is a charming voyage back to Renaissance times. Today the elegant streets of the center are full of life. It’s a real joy walking along the arcades of Corso Umberto I and in via Broletto, or shopping in the fashion boutiques in Via Verdi, having a drink in one of the many design bars and galleries cafés. In the osterias and restaurants of Piazza delle Erbe, you can taste the typical dishes of the local cooking tradition, such as sausages, stracotto, luccio in salsa, and for dessert the traditional torta sbrisolona.