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EN - L’antico nome era San Benedetto in Polirone, in riferimento all’abbazia benedettina intorno alla quale è collocato il paese, sorta in origine su un isolotto formatosi nell’alveo del Po, alla sua confluenza con il fiume Lirone, ora interrato.

San Benedetto Po

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  • Asparagus
    Food

    Asparagus was grown in the Oltrepò mantovano by monks from Polirone Monastry, as evidenced by the presence of a notably large rectangular "asparagus machine" in a 16th century map of the Abbey.

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  • Muscovy Duck ragu
    Food

    The Muscovy duck ragu is a traditional dish of Mantuan peasant cuisine. This type of duck has its natural habitat in the ponds, canals and swamps typical of the Mantuan landscape. It was often bred in courts, along with other pets.

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  • Tagliatella Cake
    Food

    Tagliatella Cake is a deliciously local dessert of ancient origins: in fact, this dish was already on the table of the Gonzaga.

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  • Flood plain park
    Outdoor

    Set up in 2005, the Park covers an area of around 1,200 hectares, including territory from the municipalities of Quistello, Quingentole, San Benedetto Po and Moglia, and encloses agricultural systems and natural river environments. The wilderness area is characterised by territorial geomorphology dominated by tight meanders of the river and major hydraulic systems, testimony of the thousand-year-long work by the people of the Mantuan Oltrepò to manage the waters.

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  • Pumpkin Tortelli
    Food

    Pumpkin Tortelli are one of the typical dishes of Mantua tradition and certainly one of the most popular dishes in Italy, also because they are connected to Christmas tradition.

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  • Poliriano Ethnographic Museum
    Art Museums

    Founded in 1977, the museum is one of the largest ethnographic museums in Italy, and the most important one on a regional level.

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  • San Benedetto Po Monastic complex
    Museums Art

    All that remains of the monastery that was founded in 1007 by Tedald of Canossa and abolished in 1797 on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte are the more characteristic sites of monastic life. They have been restored and are now included on the museum itinerary, allowing for an immersive experience in Benedictine life that is epitomised by the motto “Ora, lege et labora” (Pray, read and work).

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  • St. Mary of Valverde Church
    Outdoor

    Santa Maria da Valverde is a Gothic-Romanesque treasure in the countryside of San Benedetto Po. The place still embodies the name that defines it: a lush greenery of meadows and cultivations, in the middle of which stands the little church, whose current shapes date back to a restoration of 1445. The interior decoration made up of the great fresco in the apse represents the Annunciation with the figure of the Eternal Father on the extrados and busts of prophets on the arch.

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  • The melon
    Food

    A letter dated 30 July, 1480 by the devoted farm manager Antonius Albrici tells us how melons were already appreciated at court: nine melons, the first fruits from the melinara at the court of Dosso dell’Inferno, were promised to the Marquis Federico I Gonzaga and his wife Margaret of Bavaria.

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  • Gonzaga's Villa in Portiolo
    Outdoor

    The first example of villa-castle made by the Gonzaga, it then became the hunting lodge of the Cadet branch of the Gonzaga of Vescovato and finally noble and prestigious residence. It was inhabited until the sixties of the last century.

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