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Old April 3rd, 2009, 01:47 AM   #1
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Mantua - Lombardy, Italy.

Hi everybody. I recently discovered this section and gladly noticed it hosts interesting views of not-so-famous places alongside dramatic vistas from world-class cities.

I decided therefore to post a brief introduction to my hometown, 50.000 in the city, slightly above 100.000 including all kind of suburbs. A quaint corner of southeastern Lombardy at the heart of Northern Italy.

Hope somebody may find it interesting

Historical views











Ye Aulde City...








Slowly climbing into the 19th..maybe early 20 th centuries...








Postwar blocks and some modernity






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Business District






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Old April 3rd, 2009, 02:15 AM   #2
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Very nice photos, WalkTheWorld

Quite a quaint and interesting city ... I really like the architecture here, the old and the new seem to blend very well together indeed. As like most Italian cities, Mantua looks like a great place to walk around and also dine out.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 09:47 AM   #3
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Very nice photos, WalkTheWorld

Quite a quaint and interesting city ... I really like the architecture here, the old and the new seem to blend very well together indeed. As like most Italian cities, Mantua looks like a great place to walk around and also dine out.

Indeed..or just sit and have a nice drink

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:35 AM   #4
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Great photos of a beautiful and historic city. Thanks.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 01:18 PM   #5
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Please post more when you find the time.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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Thank you for your thread WalkThe World!

Mantua deserves it!
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 07:07 PM   #7
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Very Beautiful city
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 07:37 PM   #8
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Wow probably the most modern and clean Italian city I've seen on here. The suburbs looks so American too. great thread.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 07:43 PM   #9
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Thanks everybody, hope the subjects make up for my poor skills. Some extra pics... different settings in space and time

Hope this is not too many pictures in one go...































































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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:54 PM   #10
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and just to provide a deeper understanding of the local feel



























Cozy, hardworking and yet laid back. Many will find it boring but it's just another good place for a family man...
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 11:42 PM   #11
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The suburbs looks so American too.
A little TOO much like an American suburb. Yikes!!!
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Old April 4th, 2009, 12:26 AM   #12
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Looks like the "density vs sprawl" debate lives and prospers!

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I apologize WalkTheWorld, I failed to add that I also found Mantua to be very beautiful. Please continue to post more photos!
I grew up near one of those typical American suburbs and I absolutely get the HORRORS every time I see one.
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I apologize WalkTheWorld, I failed to add that I also found Mantua to be very beautiful. Please continue to post more photos!
I grew up near one of those typical American suburbs and I absolutely get the HORRORS every time I see one.
No apologies needed William, each and every point of view is welcome. Honestly I find them comfortable and quiet to leave in but I agree with you they sometimes give me the creeps.

Unlike you, I was born and reaised in the historical core of the city, which slowly became upscale, classy and...costly. Like many I was pushed out to the rim.

I know it all, you live a "remote control" life and in the hottest part of summer or the coldest part of winter you can spend weeks without making eye contact with your neighbours.

When I was a kid I looked out of my window and knew were to find each and every landmark...those euburbs all look the same and you never know where you actually are...and each and every lawnmower growls to life at the same time on Saturday afternoons.

I know, man. I know.

Let these pics sink in and I'll definitely post some more.

Ciao.
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Many thanks, WalkTheWorld,

I lived in Philadelphia for a few years, right on the edge of Olde Town and I kind of got a feel for the whole density thing. Someone told me once that there are almost as many row houses in Philadelphia as there are in London and you will find plenty of quaint little narrow streets and alleyways that remind you of Europe and what I like to call "American medieval".

Thanks again and I look forward to those photos.

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Many thanks, WalkTheWorld,

I lived in Philadelphia for a few years, right on the edge of Olde Town and I kind of got a feel for the whole density thing. Someone told me once that there are almost as many row houses in Philadelphia as there are in London and you will find plenty of quaint little narrow streets and alleyways that remind you of Europe and what I like to call "American medieval".

Thanks again and I look forward to those photos.
Too bad I only had a quick drive through Phillie, years ago. I quite liked the feel.

Ok talk to you soon. As time zone goes it's quarter past midnight here and I have a long drive tomorrow morning. Early. Too early.

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A few for the day...playing with colours...















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SUVs blocking entryways. So stereotypical.
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great pictures there lovely house
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