Nestled amidst three lakes, Mantua emerges as Italy's sleeping beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Renaissance city enchants visitors with its rich history, majestic palaces, and romantic ambiance. Read more

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Mantua (or "Mantova" in Italian) is located in the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. This city's significant impact on art, culture, and history was most pronounced during the Renaissance under the rule of the Gonzaga family. The Gonzagas turned Mantua into one of Italy's artistic and cultural hubs, inviting illustrious artists like Andrea Mantegna and Leonardo da Vinci. Today, Mantua stands as a testament to its glorious past with well-preserved architectural wonders, art masterpieces, and a captivating old-world charm.
Mantua, with its maze of cobbled streets, hidden courtyards, and opulent palaces, invites exploration and admiration. A visit to this city feels like stepping into the pages of a Renaissance storybook, making it a dream destination for history and art enthusiasts.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Mantua

Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace)

An expansive complex of buildings and gardens, this palace is famous for its intricate frescoes, particularly the "Camera degli Sposi" painted by Mantegna.

Basilica of Sant'Andrea

Designed by Leon Battista Alberti, this grand basilica is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and houses what is believed to be the relic of Christ's blood.

Te Palace (Palazzo Te)

Created by Giulio Romano for Federico II Gonzaga, this splendid palace is renowned for its frescoes, including the playful "Room of the Giants."

Piazza Sordello

The heart of Mantua, this square boasts several historical structures, including the Ducale Palace, Mantua Cathedral, and the Bishop’s Palace.

Mantua Cathedral

A blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, the cathedral is notable for its stunning façade and interiors.

Rotonda di San Lorenzo

The oldest church in Mantua, this rotunda dates back to the 11th century and features an intriguing circular layout.

Lakes of Mantua

Surrounding the city, these artificial lakes (Superior, Middle, and Lower) offer serene vistas and opportunities for boat trips.

Biblioteca Teresiana

An elegant historical library boasting a vast collection of manuscripts and early printed books.

House of Mantegna (Casa del Mantegna)

The residence of the famed Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna, this building is an architectural marvel with its unique circular courtyard.

Museum of Natural History

Offering insights into the natural world, this museum showcases an impressive collection of fossils, minerals, and specimens.

What else to visit
In and around Mantua

Polirone Abbey (18.38 km)

This majestic Benedictine monastery, with its imposing walls and storied chambers, beckons pilgrims and travelers alike into a narrative interwoven with faith, art, and history.

Borghetto sul Mincio (22.32 km)

Amongst Italy's hidden gems, Borghetto sul Mincio paints a poetic tableau where ancient watermills, the gentle Mincio River, and cobblestone pathways converge. This fairy-tale hamlet captures the heart with its serene ambiance and time-honored charm.

Sona (30.88 km)

Sona, a charming town in the Veneto region of Italy, offers a serene escape into a world of vineyards, historical landmarks, and picturesque landscapes. This hidden gem is a perfect blend of rural tranquility and Italian cultural richness.

Verona (34.86 km)

Verona, a picturesque Italian town, is famous as the setting for Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Explore the historic monuments, beautiful piazzas and romantic streets that inspired the writer and attract visitors from all over the world.

Sirmione (37.12 km)

Nestled on a narrow peninsula that juts into Lake Garda, Sirmione is a picturesque town that offers a unique blend of historic charm, thermal spas, and mesmerizing lake views.

Torri del Benaco (50.7 km)

Nestled on the eastern shores of Lake Garda, Torri del Benaco is a picturesque Italian commune where serene waters meet a rich historical tapestry.

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