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Castiglione Delle Stiviere

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Specialty Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites · Fun & Games
Castiglione delle Stiviere is a town and comune in the province of Mantua, in Lombardy, Italy, 30km northwest of Mantua by road.HistoryDuring the War of the Spanish Succession, the French under the duc de Vendôme occupied it.In 1706, in the first Battle of Castiglione a French army under Jacques Eléonor Rouxel de Grancey defeated here a Hessian army led by Frederick I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel.During the siege of Mantua in 1796, the Austrians under Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser were defeated here in the second Battle of Castiglione by the revolutionary French army under General Augereau, later Marshal of France, who in 1808 was created Duke of Castiglione by Emperor Napoleon I, a hereditary victory title (so there never was an actual territorial duchy attached to it) extinguished in 1915.It is the birthplace of St. Aloysius Gonzaga (Italian: Luigi Gonzaga) who was a Jesuit. Aloysius was buried in the Church of the Annunciation in Rome. His head was later translated to the basilica bearing his name in Castiglione delle Stiviere.
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