Experience authentic Italian lifestyle in a stunning medieval and Renaissance setting
Mantova city is situated on the banks of the Mincio river and it is surrounded by three artificial lakes, known as the “lakes of Mantua.” These lakes are part of the Mincio river course and they provide both scenic beauty and protection for the city.
Mantova has a rich history dating back to Roman times. During the Renaissance, it played a crucial role regionally as the seat of the influential Gonzaga family. The city is best known for its artistic and cultural heritage and excellent cuisine. Mantova was also home to the famous poet Virgil and the city was celebrated in Shakespeare’s works. Despite that he had never visited Mantova, Shakespeare was mesmerised by the city’s reputation.
Mantovas beautiful landmarks include the evocative squares of the city centre, the Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) and Palazzo Te grand residences, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo church and basilica Sant’Andrea, all showcasing the city’s majestic architectural and artistic treasures. The cities historic centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008, recognizing its cultural and architectural significance.
The cuisine of Mantova region is renowned for its traditional dishes, including pumpkin-filled tortelli, sbrisolona (a type of almond cake), various types of risotto and various delicious pork meat dishes. Local specialties often incorporate ingredients from the surrounding region, including the prosperous Po Valley.
The local city guide will show us the most prominent city areas with their medieval and Renaissance treasures, and towards th end of the visit we will embark on a boat trip to take in the magnificent views of Mantova from the water.
Mantova is a thriving Italian city that combines modern lifestyle and historical charm. It attracts travellers who are interested in history, culture and art, and in 2017 it was voted as the “Best place to live in Italy” in categories Quality of life and Quality of environment.