Canals, rivers, small streams: The rice road of Mantova
In the far west of Lombardy lies the rice growing area of Mantova. For more than 500 years rice has been grown here on an area of about 200 square kilometres. A rice road leads through the flat landscape, criss-crossed by canals and streams, partly through the nature reserve of the Minico Park.
There are countless historic rice mills to see, such as the one at Galeotto near Stradella - in operation since 1765. Also many churches and villas of the rice barons are worth a visit: In the Chiesa San Filippo e Giacomo, for example, the picture of the Madonna of the Travel Fields is kept. Another woman is honoured in the gardens of the Corte Grande: there is the monument of the Rice Carrier.