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Serraglio: territories between Mincio and Po

Mincio and war - Itinerary n. 4

By bike Car         Great Interest: Hystory 
  • Departure: Piazza Porta Giulia, Mantova
  • Arrival: Piazza Porta Giulia, Mantova
  • Length: 71.6 km

The Mincio River has always been Mantua's main defence and, starting from the 13th century, the city was additionally protected by the Serraglio, a wide territory between the upper lake, the Mincio and Po rivers, and Osone Nuovo and Fossaviva canals. The area was controlled by a complex system of sewers, moats and towers and, in case of extreme necessity, could be flooded by the Mincio and Po water, thus surrounding Mantua with a further defence behind Lake Paiolo. A valuable natural stronghold and evidence of how water could be a unique defence, the Serraglio has been protagonist of all the wars in Mantua's history.

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Lunetta Frassino, panoramic view
Lunetta Frassino, panoramic view

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