Road of Mantuan Rice and Risotti

Road of Mantuan Rice and Risotti

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Road of Mantuan Rice and Risotti

The landscape of the small part of Manuan territory, between the left bank of the Mincio river and the land’s border with the Veneto region, where the itinerary of the Strada del Riso e dei Risotti Mantovani travels, is characterized by a flat countryside, marked with rivers and channels.

This is a land where the cultivation of rice, in particular the Vialone Nano type, can be traced back in history and is responsible for characterizing the area’s rural architecture: rice courts and farmyards, landings places for barges, drying plants and devices for rice husking. The western part of the Strada crosses a good portion of Mincio Park, the main naturalistic area in the province of Mantua. In the little town of Pontemerlano are Villa Isabella d’Este and Villa Riesenfeldt, two examples of patrician ro­coco residences. Close by is the Vallazza Nature Reserve. On the way to Ostiglia, one will reach the very little town of Governolo where, according to historical tradition, Pope Leo I stopped the invasion of Attila, the king of the Huns . Governolo still holds two important hydraulic works: the Conca di Sostegno or Conca Vinciana (conca meaning basin), built after Pitentino’s project (1198) and later finished by Bertazzolo according to Leonardo’s drawings. The Conca prevents a backflow of the Po river.

Farther on toward the valley is the Conca di San Leone that allows the navigation between the waters of the Mincio and Po rivers, wich are on different levels. Among the built-up areas of Ostiglia and Revere, in the Po river-bed, is the nature reserve of Boschina Isle.

Going back northwards, and after only a few miles, one arrives at Villim­penta, with its Scaligero castle wich dates back to the mid-13 century, and the Villa Gonzaghesca or Villa Zani, attributed to architect Giulio Romano. Finally, the town of Castel D’Ario, wich still has its towers and part of its castle’s walls, is famus for being the birthplace of the legen­dary Italian racecar driver Tazio Nuvolari (1892-1953), whom the writer D’Annunzio defined as “il mantovano volante “ (the flying Mantuan).

  • Agriturismi 6.7% 6.7%
  • Ristoranti 10% 10%
  • Produttori 23.4% 23.4%
  • Comuni 20% 20%
  • Enti e Associazioni 40% 40%


Cheeses: Grana Padano DOP. Cured meats: Salame Mantovano, Pancetta con filetto.
Other specialities: Mantuan melon, Mantuan pumpkin, Chisòlina, Bigoi, Sbrisolona, Bussolano, rice, fresh pasta,honey.


Risotto alla pilota (cucinato per assorbimento dell’acqua e aggiunta successiva di pesto di maiale); Pontèl (braciola o costina di maiale); Salamelle, Risotto con pesto o pistum (a base di carne di maiale tritata, sale e pepe, e aglio pestato); Risot menà (mantecato, si cucina con salamella fresca e brodo di carne o con le rane e i gamberetti di fiume)


MANTOVA  Mantova Rice Festival (October). Food and wine event held every year in October, lasting about twenty days, presenting traditional Mantuan risottos made with the Vialone Nano Mantovano rice variety.

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Contact and Social Road of Mantuan Rice and Risotti

Road of Mantuan Rice and Risotti
Via Calvi 28 – 46100 Mantova
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