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Mantua reached its peak on both the administrative and artistic level under the rule of the Gonzaga family, who came to power in 1328. At present, the city still bears the mark of the flourishing Renaissance period in its monuments and art collections. The old historic city centre exists of small dusty medieval streets that lead to one of the many piazzas, churches or palaces, the most renowned one being the Palazzo Ducale with its many rooms, numerous courtyards and impressive frescoes. The city, bordering on three sides on the river Mincio, is also better known as the city of the poet Virgil and the Rennaissance painter Mantegna or as the setting for Verdi's Rigoletto. Mantua is known as Mantova in italian.