San Benedetto Po is few chilometres far from Mantua. In the past it was called San Benedetto in Polirone and its history is strictly bounded to the Benedictine cloister founded in 1007 by Tedaldo di Canossa on the Island between Po river and Lirone. The cloister had a great role in the monasticism history for the religious, political and cultural committment until the abolition by Napoleone Bonaparte in 1797.
You can admire the Chiesa Abbaziale restored by Giulio Romano, the Refettorio Monastico with Correggio’s fresco, three courtyards, ancient cellars, the Sala del Capitolo and the Museo Civico Polironiano.
Don’t forget to have a break in the shop situated in the same building of tourist office, Bottega dei vini e sapori mantovani (Mantua’s wines and taste).