Mantua, Castiglione delle Stiviere and Solferino have played an important
role in history, with the Gonzaga dynasty and also in the nineteenth
century during the creation of the Italian Nation through bloody battles
where also the idea for the Red Cross is born thanks to the sympathetic
imagination of Henry Dunant, after the Battle of S. Martino and Solferino
due in June 24th 1859.
Arrival in Mantua to visit the Ducal Palace, Residence of the Gonzaga and
the historical centre. An interesting itinerary can be followed about the women
who have participated as protagonists in the history of Mantua like the
mythological founder of the city Manto, the countess Matilde of Canossa, Barbara
of Brandenburg, Isabella d'Este, the Blessed O. Andreasi and Lady d'Arco.
In the afternoon transfer to Castiglione by bus along Curtatone and Goito,
a locality where important battles for the unification of Italian were fought in
the nineteenth Century. In the Trivulzi Longhi Palace visit of the International
Museum of the Red Cross. In it there are collected documents, surgical
instruments, litter and camp equipment witnessing past and present activities of
the Red Cross in the World and a message of solidarity and brotherhood is
delivered as well. Transfer to Solferino to visit to the Charnel House and the
little Museum dedicated to the Italian Unification wars. From the "Spia
d'Italia" tower there is a top view from Lake Garda, through the morainic hills
to the large Po plain.