On a film set, Commessagio

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Just a few kilometres north of Sabbioneta, Vespasiano Gonzaga’s perfect city in the Po Valley is the small village of Commessagio. It is an agricultural centre just like many around Mantova(Mantua). But the entrance to the village is via a boat bridge, a curiosity that makes it worth a visit. The countryside around here is criss-crossed with irrigation and drainage canals, some of them quite large.

When you arrive at the boat bridge, you see a huge brick fortified tower on the other side. This was built in 1583 to protect the canal crossing and more importantly it was a sign of the power of this local ruler. The whole scene is quite spectacular.

This backdrop was used by the all-round famous Italian intellectual Pasolini for his grotesquely unwatchable art film “Salo, 120 days of Sodom” an adaption of the work by the Marchese de Sade transposed to the dying days of Italian Fascism. Pasolini was murdered in murky circumstances soon after the completion of this film in 1975. The place has hardly changed.

If you are visiting Italy, Mantua (Mantova), Sabbioneta with a brief stop at Commessagio are great places to visit, off the crowded tourist trail. It is not far from Verona.

Here is a link to my Blog post which has links to the film and Mantova

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