Mantua celebrates culture with crumble cakes, Bellini and fun

September 7-11 is the 20th, glorious edition of Festivaletteratura in Mantua – Italy’s Capital of Culture for 2016. If literature and culture sounds stuffy to you, come over and see for yourself the fun, events and spectacular turnout (some 120,000 participants each year) and international authors – this year, the list includes Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Jami Attenberg, Julian Barnes, Alan Bradley, Roberto Calasso, Jonathan Coe, Hossein Derakhshan, Louise Doughty, Matthew Fox, Go Dugong, Wlodek Goldkorn, Howard Jacobson, Dany Laferrière, David Mitchell, Cees Nooteboom, Edna O’Brien, Daniel Pennac, Dorit Rabinyan, Charlotte Rampling, Jonathan Safran Foer, Fredrik Sjöberg, Oliviero Toscani, Sarah Waters, Jeanette Winterson…!

See – and taste for yourself, as the famous literary festival will showcase, as always, the best of Mantuan delights, including the city’s traditional Sbrisolona crumble cake, as scrumptiously made by Mantuan patisserie-maker San Martino.

San Martino has been a keen supporter of the festival from day one, and in celebration of its 20th anniversary, is featuring Spazio Sbrisolona in Piazza Sordello, where visitors can savor the crumble cake, paired with a cool Bellini cocktail of Prosecco sparkle and fresh, yummy peach.