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The house

The house La Cervetta is situated in the historical quarter of San Martino, in the heart of the most ancient part of Mantova, in civitas vetus of the medieval period enclosed between the lakes and the river called Rio, defended on the sides of the Means lake that contains the patrician dwellings, the bourgeois buildings, very important monasteries and palaces of the communal power. Near Palazzo Ducale and in the immediate vicinities of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea (beside the Porto Catena, where numerous boats docked to increase the fluvial commerce) rises the formidable Palazzo Sordi, that is an eighteen-century noble dwelling belonging to the homonymous marquises, already wide cited in some documents of XV the century whether for the main body of the factory or for the added parts. In one of these ancient annexed buildings to the aristocratic palace, you will find La Cervetta.

The house benefits of an independent income to the flat earth on Vicolo Corridore (name of the street where La Cervetta is located), silent and calm medieval alley to pedestrian transit. A careful restoration and a wise usage of original materials, concurs in recreating an elegant atmosphere with an ancient flavour; the furnishing are cured in the minimums details, in order to offer to the hosts a refined atmosphere of charm.

La Cervetta is really large (beyond 40 sqm), equipped of a stay zone and a kitchen at sight. It is also provided of a great cabin-closet and of a very wide and accessorized bath; the room enjoy also an independent system for the summery and winter air conditioning.
La Cervetta offers also useful services to the hosts, such a safe, a television set LCD, a private telephone, Internet broadband connection, a fire alarm and anti-theft system.

The owners, Luigino and Mara (qualified tourist guide from the Lombardy Region), will be able to supply precious suggestions and profits information in order to make the discovery of Mantova very interesting and pleasant: historical-artistic routes of the city, itineraries to the discovery of the smaller truths (San Benedetto in Polirone, Sabbioneta, the small countries of the Alto mantovano), naturalistic excursions (Rivalta and its kayak centre , the small village called Grazie, the Park of the river Mincio), wine and food pauses with the culinary local tradition.

The history

La Cervetta is an ancient symbol of the Gonzaga’s medieval period. The spotless creature, able to perceive the dangers and portraited with a leg raised in the action to hit with its hoof the untrustworthy snake, keeps its force turning the look towards the radiant sun. It is accompanied to a scroll under the form of a wrapping tape, that brings the written one in ancient German “bider craft”, that means “contra possanza”.

Thus La Cervetta becomes an allegory of the vigilance towards the dangers and the violence, to face with careful but magnanimous spirit and peacemaker, worthy of a great prince. Many times the Cervetta is represented inside of the famous Palazzo Ducale, magnificent palace of the Gonzaga’s family; it is found in the medieval annex and in the Castello di San Giorgio, painted here from the great Andrea Mantegna for the marquis Ludovico in the renowned Camera Picta. Together with other allegorical symbols, it represents the expression and the testimony of the ideals and the principles of the gentleman that will show off it.

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