Italy's sleeping beauty city
Mantua surprises its visitors by her exceptional character. Small but spectacular, from every corner the city of Mantua offers an encounter with history and beauty. It's surrounded by beautiful environment, in which water and earth are unexpectedly interwoven. Settled by the Etruscans the city enjoyed a position of status in the early modern world that was further underlined by its association with Virgil, the great latin poet, born in Mantuan territory. 1198 the city optimized the Mincio river, creating the so-called "four lakes". From the Middle Ages it was ruled by the art-loving Gonzaga dynasty, one of Italy's great Renaissance families who protected art and culture. Mantua rapidly became an important buffer state between Milan and Venice, and attracted leading lights such as Petrarch, Mantegna, Rubens, Giulio Romano. In 1707 Mantua was seized by the Habsburgs, ending Gonzaga rule. Shakespeare's Romeo heard of Juliet's death in Mantua and Verdi set his opera Rigoletto in its melancholy fog-bound streets
Rigoletto's House; San Giorgio Castle (exterior) Piazza Castello Piazza Santa Barbara; Piazza Sordello with the façade of Palazzo ducale (Duke's Palace); façade of the Cathedral, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe with San Lorenzo Church, façade of the Merchant's House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant'Andrea, Piazza Leon Battista Alberti former cloister of the Sant'Andrea monastery.
Visit to Bibiena Theatre (€ 1, 20/ea for members of a group or € 2, 00/ea for individuals. Tickets can be paid on the spot on visiting day. This ticket price is not included in the tour price)
Churches close at noon and re-open at 3 pm. During services it's forbidden to visit churches.
On request this tour can be customized
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Monument/Building
End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Hotel, Monument/Building
Duration: 2 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
15 Euro - In summer time a bottle of water
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark
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Manuela was a wonderful guide who had a lot of knowledge of Mantova and was passionate about her job. She met us at the train station which was very helpful and recommended a lovely restaurant for lunch.