A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mantua still has the same charm it did during the era of the Gonzaga family, who made it famous throughout Europe as a true Italian Renaissance capital.
Many artists and personalities left traces in Mantua including Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano.
Don’t miss a visit to the Palazzo Ducale, the ancient Gonzaga palace, a fabulous architectural complex that covers a surface area of about 34 thousand square metres. Inside the Castello di San Giorgio is the famous Camera Picta, called the “Bride and Groom Chamber“, with frescoes by Andrea Mantegna.
Palazzo Te is the grandiose villa commissioned from Giulio Romano in 1525 by Federico II Gonzaga. It is filled with frescoes with original symbolic content and today houses the Palazzo Te International Art and Culture centre, which organizes art shows.
Home of the poet Virgil, Mantua offers major cultural events such as the Literature Festival and Segni d’Infanzia, the international festival for a new generation.
The Mantua enogastronomic culture has historical importance and delights guests with excellent products and cuisine that is famous throughout the world, combining history and innovation, with its craft boutiques and agricultural markets.
Crossed by the Mincio that forms three lakes, the city offers green areas, cycle paths and river paths. Mantua can be reached by train on the Modena-Verona, Milano-Cremona and Suzzara-Ferrara lines or by plane since it is only 30 kilometres from the Villafranca airport in Verona.