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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

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From the feasts, art and awe-inspiring architecture of the Renaissance to modern chefs keeping its traditions alive, Italy’s Mantua has plenty to get stuck into, says Carla Capalbo

Mantua

When I arrive in Mantua, it’s wrapped in a blanket of fog. Muted shades of terracotta and ochre from the city’s noble palazzi emerge in pools of light from lamps along its winding, medieval streets. Sheltering under their arched porticoes, I take refuge in the buzzing Bar Venezia and order a glass of new-age lambrusco and a plate of local salami. A poster displays a Leonardo da Vinci portrait of Isabella d’Este, the city’s Renaissance ruler. Her marriage in 1490 to Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess……

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Bolivia

Its extreme altitude and vast salt flats have long captivated travellers. Now, thanks to a trailblazing…

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem has long been a city of traditional tastes, but heartening alliances across sectarian divides…

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Asturias

A hidden corner of northern Spain, Cabrales preserves its bygone way of life as it does its food. Pungent…

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New Caledonia

Heading to a Pacific island paradise doesn't mean totally abandoning fine European cuisine, as Alex Mead…

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Slovenia

Timeless country cooking is matched by the talent of innovate chefs in Slovenia, whose fusion of cultures…

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San Sebastian

It has long drawn pilgrims to its kitchens – beloved of Michelin inspectors – but San Sebastián…

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The Channel Islands

Easy to get to yet thrillingly remote, the Channel Islands harbour a long-lost way of life and a distinctive…

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Ciociaria

Italy’s best-kept secret, Ciociaria is not even marked on the map. But while people can’t agree on…

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Centro de Portugal

Crowned by ancient mountains and flanked by the cool waters of the Atlantic, Centro de Portugal is a…

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