The ruins of 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo are cared for by Dominican friars. Built in the Lombard tradition with bricks, the church also borrows columns and marble detail from previous structures that once inhabited the site, one thought to be a temple devoted to Venus. Inside, spot two frescoes, one from the Byzantine era, and another from the 15th century. To visit Rotonda di San Lorenzo on your trip to Mantua, use our Mantua day trip planner.
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Nice little church off the square. Very different from most churches I've seen, but well worth a trip inside.
Nice little church off the square. Very different from most churches I've seen, but well worth a trip inside. more »
A small, round church right next to the huge Basilica di St Andrea, well worth a visit. Ancient and cool in every sense.
A small, round church right next to the huge Basilica di St Andrea, well worth a visit. Ancient and cool in every sense. more »
Adjacent to the Clock Tower. Free entry. There are two floors : the upper floor is the women's gallery - the space reserved for women however when we were there, just the ground level is open for visiting. Originally it was completely frescoed, now only fragments remain. Faded fresco portraying the Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence. Amazing that a church with a thousand year history, was hidden at least for three centuries. 1906 - is the year the municipality of Mantua authorised the construction of a road that connects Piazza Erbe to Porto Catena. For this reason, the houses that were close to the the market square were demolished and this treasure was discovered.
Small place but should not miss it.
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