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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 is known to be one of the most significant architectural gems of the 18th century Europe. It is a beautifully lit up theatre with life like statues of Mantova’s poets and a stunning ceiling. I almost eavesdropped on a practise going on and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Leopold Mozart, father of Mozart, wrote a letter to his wife once and described the theatre by saying, “In all my life, I have never seen anything more beautiful of its kind”. I couldn’t agree more!


Definitely worth visiting when in Mantova.

Via Accademia 9.


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

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

Ticket cost– €2