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– WHAT TO SEE IN CAVRIANA
Santa Maria della Pieve – Dedicated to Our Lady the Immaculate, it was erected in the XIIth century. Built in a Lombard-Romanesque style, it used to be the parish church until the middle of the XVth century. With the coming of the Baroque style in the XVIIth century, it was considerably modified. In the years 1953-55 the building was brought as near as possible back to its original style. Besides fragments of medieval frescoes, the main apse shows a wonderful XIVth-XVth century alto-relief of Our Lady of Mercy. The Oratory of Saint Sebastian – Entitled to Saint Sebastian Martyr (IVth century), the Oratory was built, just like the Parish Church and Saint Biagio in Castello in the XIIth century, against the southern side of the ancient fortress of Cavriana. Inside, you can see significant frescoes dating from the XIth to the XVIth century. The Parish Church of Santa Maria Nova – Built in the XVIIIth century on a previous church, dating between the XVth and the XVIth century, of which only the apse survives. Designed by Giovanni Maria Borsotti, the parish curch stylistically shows Lombard Baroque traits. Inside, notable are you the marble marquetries, the wooden furniture and a refined canopy of the same period. A particular mention goes to of the triptych of Our Lady with the Holy Child between the Saints Rocco and Sebastian; it is a very important work painted by Zenone da Verona in1512. The fortress – Once it was the widest fortification in the Mantua dominion. Witness of the ancient building are now the ruins of its strong walls, one of the access doors, and a watchtower used also for defensive purposes, later turned into a bell tower in the XVIIth century. Evidence was found that, until half of the XVIIth century, this complex building had fortifications with towers, crenelated walls and a drawbridge. The fortress was inhabited; inside, a XIIth-century oratory served the court.
– WHAT TO DO IN CAVRIANA
This territory has numerous possibilities to tempt cycling enthusiasts, at the widest variety of levels: from the professional athlete to families seeking relaxation. An unmissable chance for all cycle tourists is the “Mantova – Peschiera”, one of Italy’s most noted cycle routes. This route measures around 40 km long and mostly flat and suitable for the entire family. It crosses some of the most suggestive localities of the Garda Hills, in a countryside that has remained untouched. Gourmets may appreciate local quality white wines, raw ham, capunsei – a kind of dumplings made of bread and broth.