Sabbioneta (Casalasco-Viadanese: Subiùnèda) is a town and comune in the province of Mantua, Lombardy region, Northern Italy. It is situated about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of Parma, not far from the northern bank of the Po River. It was inscribed in the World Heritage List in 2008.


Subiùnèda  (Emilian)
Comune di Sabbioneta
Piazza Ducale
Location of Sabbioneta
Location of Sabbioneta in Italy
Sabbioneta (Lombardy)
Coordinates: 45.00°N 10.49°E / 45.00; 10.49
ProvinceMantua (MN)
FrazioniBreda Cisoni, Ca' de Cessi, Commessaggio Inferiore, Ponteterra, Villa Pasquali
  MayorAntonio Beccari
  Total37 km2 (14 sq mi)
18 m (59 ft)
  Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0375
Patron saintSan Sebastiano
Saint day20 January
WebsiteOfficial website
Part ofMantua and Sabbioneta
CriteriaCultural: (ii)(iii)
Inscription2008 (32nd Session)
Area60 ha (150 acres)
Buffer zone430 ha (1,100 acres)


Sabbioneta was founded by Vespasiano I Gonzaga in the late 16th century along the ancient Roman Via Vitelliana, on a sandy bank of the Po (whence the name, meaning "Sandy" in Italian); he was its first duke, using it as a personal fortress and residence.

It was also during this period that it became a minor musical centre; composers such as Benedetto Pallavicino (c. 1551-1601) were employed here by Vespasiano Gonzaga, prior to his moving to the main Gonzaga city of Mantua.

Main sights

In 2008, Sabbioneta was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as a recognition of its perfect example of practical application of Renaissance urban planning theories.

Sabbioneta is also known for its historic Jewish Ghetto and Synagogue, and in particular for its Hebrew printing-press. In 1551 Tobias Foa set up the press; he had, however, published certain "anti-Christian books" and his career was "forcibly ended". His work and possibly his type were taken up by a Christian printer, Vicenzo Conte.

Vespasiano Gonzaga's town, designed according to the Renaissance principles of the Ideal City, included:

The church and the summer palace contain frescoes by artists of the Campi family of Cremona.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sabbioneta". Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 963.
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Paperback: 332 pages; Publisher: SugarCo (1990); ISBN 88-7198-040-9

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