The Via Matildica starts in Mantua, a World Heritage city, and continues through the landscapes of the Po as it winds its way through the Po Valley. It finally reaches San Benedetto and the splendid Polirone Abbey.
The first leg of the Via Matildica starts in Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage city. The out-of-town route starts in the southern part of the city, in the area of Palazzo Te and the football stadium, which can be easily reached by public transport or on foot.
The gpx track on the map starts at Palazzo Te and continues along a pedestrian path, passing the football stadium and then crossing the railway level crossing just near the signs indicating the start and end of the Municipality of Mantua. Here, turn left into Viale Learco Guerra and continue straight ahead, passing alongside the rugby stadium. The road here is unpaved until you get to the barrier marking the boundary of the area of the old fort of Pietole. Turn left onto the short stretch of path that descends to the banks of the Mincio river and bypasses the fort, until you find the unpaved road that leads to Pietole Vecchia, the birthplace of Virgil.
At Pietole Vecchia (Andes in Latin) you leave the Mincio riverbank, turn right and go straight ahead, passing alongside the small public park (where there is a fountain) on the left and continuing along Via Argine Fossetta.
Continue along the small country road that then becomes the cycle/pedestrian path alongside the canal that first runs alongside San Biagio and then Bagnolo S. Vito. At the end of Bagnolo, cross the canal via a wooden pedestrian bridge and turn right to reach the small Via Levatella, which you will follow for about 1 km until you reach the crossroads with Via Canova. Here, turn right until you reach the provincial road. Cross the road with caution and proceed along the Po embankment towards the San Benedetto bridge.
ATTENZIONE AGGIORNAMENTO DI MARZO 2023: il ponte di San Benedetto è ancora oggetto di un’importante ristrutturazione che è in pieno cantiere. Il ponte è parzialmente aperto nel suo passaggio pedonale solo sul lato destro (venendo da Mantova) e presenta alcuni importanti ostacoli alla sicurezza in particolare nell’avvicinamento con una strada molto trafficata e senza spazio pedonale per circa 700 metri.
L’alternativa, consigliata, per evitare l’attraversamento a piedi del ponte e le relative incertezze è prendere a Bagnolo S.Vito il servizio di trasporto pubblico extraurbano (linea 31a di Apam) che porta in mezz’ora a San Benedetto Po. Le fermate di Piazza Diaz (davanti alle scuole) o Ponte Travetti, distano solo 200 metri dal tracciato della Via Matildica e hanno corse ogni ora.
Nessun problema per l’attraversamento in bicicletta.
After crossing the bridge at San Benedetto, turn right to reach the road heading up the embankment and follow it to the left in the direction of San Benedetto, whose unmistakable silhouette can be seen after about 5 km.
Rest areas (water and food): you will cross a built-up area with plenty of shops and public establishments to find supplies. In addition, in the city of Mantua, you can find grocery stores or café bars in San Biagio, Bagnolo San Vito or San Benedetto Po.
Access to public transport: easy access to public transport along the entire route. There are several public transport bus stops (to and from Mantua) in the localities of San Biagio, Bagnolo San Vito and San Benedetto Po and along the provincial roads that connect them. San Benedetto Po can also be reached by the Suzzara-Ferrara railway line, from which you can also travel to Luzzara and Guastalla, by changing at Suzzara.
Pharmacies: there are pharmacies in Pietole, San Biagio, Bagnolo San Vito and San Benedetto Po
In Mantua, the starting point, the accommodation offer is wide and can satisfy all the different needs and budgets available, both for single travellers, couples, small groups or large groups.
You can consult the booking portals to search for availability for the period you have chosen, even directly on Booking.
In San Benedetto Po, the arrival stage, the offer is obviously less, but it has some structures of the highest quality:
- B&B Polirone, Via Ferri 115, San Benedetto Po, tel. 348-9228396 – 0376-622165 –www.polirone.eu
- A Casa dell’Antiquario, Via Battisti 10, San Benedetto Po 0376-614680 o 347-4985547 – www.bebacasadellantiquario.it
- B&B Letizia, Via Ferri 106, San Benedetto Po, tel. 3484224660
- Il tempo dei sogni – Via Bardelle 104/D, San Benedetto Po – tel. 0376615557 o 3381117994
- Agriturismo Ca’ del Vento – Strada Schiappa 24 – tel. 347.8845256 – Sito
- Corte Bertoia – strada Bertoia 4, – tel. 0376.612012 o 328.4161038 – Sito