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During the Festivaletteratura I had a chance to visit Mantova’s Teatro Bibiena designed by Antonio Galli Bibiena. Built in the 18th century, the bell shaped theatre, is a breathtaking sight! It was inaugurated on Dec 3, 1769 and termed as one of the most significant architectural gems of the 18th century Europe.

It is so beautifully lit up wtih life like statues of Mantova’s poets and a beautiful facade on the ceiling that I was open mouthed. When I was there, a concert was supposed to take place in the evening so there was practise going on. It was surreal.


Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang Mozart, wrote a letter on Teatro Bibiena to his wife and said, “In all my life, I have never seen anything more beautiful of its kind”.


Address and Contact:

via Accademia 9, Mantova.

Tuesday to Friday: 10 am – 1pm, 3pm – 6pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10 am – 6pm.

Tickets– €2.