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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 termed as one of the most significant architectural gems of the 18th century Europe. Beautifully lit up with life like statues of Mantova’s poets and a stunning ceiling, leaves you spell bound. A concert was supposed to take place in the evening so there was practise going on while I was there. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.


Leopold Mozart, father of Wolfgang 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 at via Accademia 9.


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

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

Ticket cost– €2