Montagnana the Roman town

The origin

A municipality located between Verona and Padua called Montagnana the Roman town. Still not touched by international tourism and, even, few Italians know it. It considered a walled city that survived the destruction of modernity. The name derives from Motta Aeniana, in medieval Latin motta indicated a small hill while aeniana a mansio. A mansio at the time means an official stopping place on a Roman road.

The origins of Montagnana probably date back to Roman times. In an area subject to frequent flooding and surrounded by the river Adige. Up to the so-called route of the Cucca that changed the course of the river. After long wars, from 1405 until 1797 the city was part of the Republic of Venice. It has about 9,000 inhabitants. In addition to the walls, you can find many points of interest.

The Cathedral builted between 1431 and 1502. Inside we find a Transfiguration by Paolo Veronese. Three panels by the Marescalco, which represents a large votive canvas of considerable documentary value reproducing the battle of Lepanto (1571). A Judith and a David attributed to Giorgione.

Pork festival

In via Carrarese, we can find the town hall, a work attributed to the Veronese architect Michele Sanmicheli (1538). Then Gate of Alberi and the Castle of San Zeno.

Montagnana appears as a fortified city for the first time in a document of 996. In the following centuries, numerous reports testify to its defensive and protective function. For the benefit of the surrounding villages whose inhabitants were responsible for its maintenance. The warlord Ezzelino III (1194-1259) conquered it in 1242.

Its walls we can consider one of the best preserved in Europe and certainly deserves to visit by tourists. Who want to leave the usual routes. The ideal period will be towards the end of January 2020. When the traditional Pork Festival will be held, with several shows connected to pork meat.  And dishes will be offered, with the famous Montagnana’s ham. Also good to visit in August during the Palio of 10 municipalities, similar to the Palio of Siena.