MANTUA: City centre and Ducal palace guided tour

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Tour Number

Activity Level

128743


Categories

City, Museums / Culture

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. In the Sant'Andrea Basilica you are not allowed to enter in shorts and you have to cover your shoulder

Friendly: No.
In Palazzo Ducale there is a lift for disabled people, even if not all rooms have wheelchair access, the problem is in the city centre as the city has a cobble-stoned pavement which makes hard moving a wheelchair

Maximum travelers: 10

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (conversational), German (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish (fluent)

An overlooked Renaissance gem


With this walking tour you will discover the must-see attractions of Mantua city centre and Ducal Palace. Wrapped in water Mantua is an overlooked Renaissance gem; a mini-Florence, rich with art. Where Florence had the Medicis, Mantua had the Gonzagas who ruled the city for about 400 years, commissioning the finest Renaissance craftmen. Waking down the city you first meet Rigoletto's House and then the Ducal Palace. The Palazzo Ducale is a group of buildings built between 13th and 18th century as the royal residence of the Gonzaga family. The complex includes some 500 rooms a castle and a private church and occupies an area of ca. 34, 000 m². Up to 1630 2, 000 paintings and 20, 000 valuable objects, the richest art collections known in Europe at that time, were stored in the palace. The first square is Piazza Sordello, built by the Etruscans, followed by the medieval squares of Broletto and Erbe where stands the Romanesque round church of S. Lawrence and it is overtowered by the facade of S. Andrew's church

Itinerary

CITY CENTRE: Rigoletto's house, Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe, Saint Andrea Basilica and the romanesque church of Saint Lorenzo.

DUCAL PALACE*: Morone's Room, Pisanello's Room with the Arthurian frescoes, Ducal Apartment, The Bowmen's Room with the Rubens'canvas "The Gonzaga family adoring the Holy Trinity", Gallery of the Mirrors, Vincenzo Gonzaga's apartment, Zodiac Room, Hall of the Rivers, Roof Garden, Tapestries Room with the Tapestries by Raphael, Isabella d'Este's Private Rooms and the room painted by Mantegna in Saint George castle

PAY ATTENTION: Palazzo ducale is closed on mondays while Palazzo te is closed on Monday mornings

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Piazza Sordello at Rigoletto's House (Casa di Rigoletto)in Mantua

End location: Piazza Leon Battista Alberti in front of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Mantua

Duration: 3 hours

Transportation

walking tour

What’s Included

Other: The price includes a 3 hour guided service tour only

Estimated Local Cash Needed

13 EURO - Admission ticket + reservation to Palazzo Ducale each person

What’s Extra

Other: The price does NOT includes:
- Tickets to Palazzo ducale

If you plan your visit from Verona, transportation is not included but I can help you with train or private vehicle: return train ticket costs 7 € per person. From verona to Mantua it takes 45 minutes by train.

Restrictions

I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark

A Recent Review of this tour

Manuela is an excellent guide. She knows her history, loves her city -- and its art and architecture. We would highly recommend her. She really makes you understand and appreciated this city.
Christine Burch

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