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Old Posted May 8, 2009, 10:15 PM
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Mantua, Lombardy, Italy - my pics

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

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Ye Aulde City...








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








Postwar blocks and some modernity






Parks








Business District






Suburbia








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Good job, man. Gotta love the European CBD's with all of their transparent and sanitized glass, brushed metal, etc.

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Old Posted May 8, 2009, 10:28 PM
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Hey thanks! I've been around for a couple of years but never posted anything special, you can see that from my post counter...

Glad you liked it...
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Italy is so amazing....

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Beautiful town!

You know, I live in a neighborhood called Mantua in Philadelphia. It's interesting to see the original namesake of my neighborhood. There's also a town called Mantua nearby in New Jersey.
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Beautiful town!

You know, I live in a neighborhood called Mantua in Philadelphia. It's interesting to see the original namesake of my neighborhood. There's also a town called Mantua nearby in New Jersey.


Thanks a lot. I heard the one in NJ is a bit rough by the edges..huh?

You ought to take a trip to the original one sooner or later
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Old Posted May 9, 2009, 10:33 AM
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and thanks to all of course. Here's a few more..























































































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Mantova, Lombardia, Italia

Ciao,

Hello EVERYBODY!
This is my very FIRST post on this website, though I`m a visitor for many months... I love this superb website! While it`s an exaggeration that I know the city (I`ve been there twice in 2004 and 2007 for short periods), I know the most imprtant monuments and historical buldings, let alone the fact that in Shakespeare`s Rome and Juliet`s final scene is situated in Mantova! Anyway, it`s one of my favourite cities in northern Italy, the surrounding waters of the Mincio makes it a fabulous place. It`s a typical prosperous northern Italian provincial city, isn`t it? I`ve heard that the local big petrochemical firms/plants have had serious financial problems in the future, putting many workplaces at risk so much so that the shutting of the majority of the plants were considered - I`ve read this a few years ago about the Mantova-located oil-gas works there? Is the situation reversed now or worse?
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Sorry, I wanted to write `in the past`, instead of `future`, of course...Well, I`m not a native English speaker, guys...
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Ciao,

Hello EVERYBODY!
This is my very FIRST post on this website, though I`m a visitor for many months... I love this superb website! While it`s an exaggeration that I know the city (I`ve been there twice in 2004 and 2007 for short periods), I know the most imprtant monuments and historical buldings, let alone the fact that in Shakespeare`s Rome and Juliet`s final scene is situated in Mantova! Anyway, it`s one of my favourite cities in northern Italy, the surrounding waters of the Mincio makes it a fabulous place. It`s a typical prosperous northern Italian provincial city, isn`t it? I`ve heard that the local big petrochemical firms/plants have had serious financial problems in the future, putting many workplaces at risk so much so that the shutting of the majority of the plants were considered - I`ve read this a few years ago about the Mantova-located oil-gas works there? Is the situation reversed now or worse?
Hi,

well, the oil refinery lives on, I guess they've made quite a lot of money last year even if it's a totally different story today. They are part of the ring of steam generators around the city so e need them for heating anyway...the chemical plant has gone through major changes and the most polluting operations have been shut more than a decade now, hand have been replaced by major power plants.

I can't recall a job crisis in the area...even when a huge engineering company went bust and shed more than 1.000 jobs, the local economy provided other opportunities to vietually all with little use of welfare money. Well maybe the older guys were paid an early retirement.

Smallish, but no so provincial in the end. The whole area is amde of tightly connected cities and Milan is just 100 miles away...it's a bit like living in the northern rim of the London area. Sort of.

Thanks for visiting
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This tour is superb. It's nice to see the newer parts of town, too (some of them are very nice). Mantova looks very civilized and livable!
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Thanks a lot. I heard the one in NJ is a bit rough by the edges..huh?

You ought to take a trip to the original one sooner or later
Actually, the Mantua in New Jersey looked nice when I passed through it on the bus. It's a very small town with some farms.

I think the Mantua you may have heard of is the neighborhood in Philadelphia. That neighborhood wasn't "rough around the edges", it was rough through and through. The edges were worn off. But, it's starting to change rapidly and is becoming a middle-class neighborhood and enclave for college students.
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Actually, the Mantua in New Jersey looked nice when I passed through it on the bus. It's a very small town with some farms.

I think the Mantua you may have heard of is the neighborhood in Philadelphia. That neighborhood wasn't "rough around the edges", it was rough through and through. The edges were worn off. But, it's starting to change rapidly and is becoming a middle-class neighborhood and enclave for college students.
Oh I see. This prompts a suggestion. Gentrification is ok and the influx of college students reviving a comunity is cool..
would you mind...
Maybe..
If you've got the time...

...Share some pics of Mantua, Pa?
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Nice job, if you leave in Mantova, why don't you shot some more photos with the nearby cities?!
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Pics again from Mantova

Walkthe World,

Could you post the missing pictures again which were deleted on the thread? I`d be curious about them.
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Nice job, if you leave in Mantova, why don't you shot some more photos with the nearby cities?!
we've made a hell of a job on another forum I'll ask the boys and possibly post some of my own pics..

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