Refectory of the San Paolo nuns

We retrace our steps through piazza del Duomo and via Cavour. Close by, the large complex of San Paolo – the ancient monastery of the Benedictine nuns that was already in existence in 985   AD – hides the precious treasure of the apartments of the abbess Giovanna da Piacenza, who in 1519 commissioned Antonio Allegri, known as Correggio, to paint the famous room that is one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. In a complex iconographic work, cultured references to classical mythology combine with a remarkable representation of table vases and furnishings that evoke the use of furnishings in the daily life of the nuns, as shown in the frescoes displayed in the refectory.