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Mantua (It. Mantova): City centre guided tour (classic tour)

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    Mantua, Lombardy, Italy

  • Activities

    Heritage-History Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $160 USD per trip
  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Avg Distance

    600 mts

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    everyday at 10:00 am and 14:00 pm

  • Starting Location

    Piazza Sordello. 23 - at Rigoletto's House (Casa di Rigoletto) in Mantua

  • Price Includes

    The tour price includes 2 hours guided tour

  • Notes

    Churches close at noon and re-open at 3 pm. During services it's forbidden to visit churches. Furthermore it is forbitten to enter churches with naked shoulders and wearing shorts.

Highlights

  • Wrapped in water Mantua is a Renaissance gem; a mini-Florence, rich with art. Where Florence had the Medicis, Mantua had the Gonzaga family.
  • Mantua has got an old well preserved city centre and it is still surrounded by its lakes
  • The Ducal palace includes 513 rooms, a castle and occupies an area of 34,000 m2 and up to 1630 the richest European art collection was stored here. Worldwide famous painters and Musicians like Mantegna, Correggio, Rubes, Giulio Romano, Monteverdi, L.B. Alberti and many others worked in Mantua.
  • Discover Mantua where the Latin poet Virgil was born, Shakespeare’s Romeo learned about the death of Juliet and Verdi set his famous opera Rigoletto.
  • Discover a Unesco World Heritage Site

Trip Info

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.

Tour starts at Rigoletto’s House and continues with San Giorgio Castle (exterior), Piazza Castello, Piazza Santa Barbara, Piazza Sordello with the façade of Palazzo ducale (Duke’s Palace) and the façade of the Cathedral, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe with San Lorenzo Church and the façade of the Merchant’s House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant’Andrea. The guided tour ends in Piazza Leon Battista Alberti with former cloister of the Sant’Andrea monastery.

Churches close at noon and re-open at 3 pm. During services it’s forbidden to visit churches.

ON REQUEST Bibiena Theatre ticket € 2,00/each

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