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Holiday in Mantua

A city shaped like a Palace is the accurate description of the city by Baldassare Castiglioni, expressing the charm and pleasure that only a trip to Mantua can offer. 

Surrounded on three sides by artificial lakes that originally defended the city, Mantua expresses the harmony of the Renaissance with its palaces and scenic squares. The historic city centre can be reached by crossing Ponte San Giorgio, on foot or by bicycle. The ideal starting point to discover Mantua is the Castle of St. George, a majestic fifteenth-century fortress commissioned by Francesco I Gonzaga as part of the large complex of the Ducal Palace.

Leaving the Castle on your left, you’ll come to the heart of Piazza Sordello, the large rectangular cobbled square that was the scene of the coup by the Gonzaga family in 1328 to take over the city. On the left is the Ducal Palace, in all its grandeur. In an effort to compete with the courts of the most prestigious European capitals, the Gonzagas commissioned extraordinary works by the most talented and well-known painters of the time.

Next to the Palazzo Ducale, on the right side of Piazza Sordello, stands Mantua Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter, a beautiful old building that is definitely worth visiting. In addition to the great arch of Piazza Sordello, turning left you can admire the Palazzo dell'Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana, overlooking Piazza Dante. Built by Maria Theresa of Austria, the academy is famous for revealing to the world the genius that was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, during a famous concert in 1770.

If you’re fond of history and art, other essential stops on your holiday in Mantua are Piazza Broletto, Palazzo del Podestà, the Arengario, the Sottoportico dei Lattonai, the Tazio Nuvolari and the Learco Guerra Museum. Don't miss Piazza delle Erbe, Palazzo della Ragione, the clock tower and the Casa del Mercante, real fifteenth-century architectural gems. Around a hundred metres from the Palace of San Sebastiano is Palazzo Te, a true masterpiece of Renaissance architecture.

Although primarily considered a city of art, Mantua also offers the opportunity to enjoy nature. Take advantage of the organised barbecue or family picnic areas in the open air, surrounded by a fantastic green and sunny landscape, or enjoy Mantua’s tasty cuisine in high quality restaurants or one of the outstanding city centre trattorias. Don’t waste time: check out our holiday packages to Mantua and get ready for a brand new, unforgettable adventure!


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A Casa dei Gonzaga

A Casa dei Gonzaga

Via Bettinelli 29, Mantova
4.1
of 5, from 68 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mantova, this townhouse is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Mantegna, Piazza Virgiliana and Palazzo del Podesta. Palazzo Te and Piazza Sordello are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£64
Hotel La Favorita

Hotel La Favorita

Via S.Cognetti De Martiis 1, Mantova
4.4
of 5, from 183 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova, Palazzo del Podesta and Piazza Virgiliana. Palazzo Ducale di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral are also within 3 miles (5 km).

£80
Hotel Casa Poli

Hotel Casa Poli

Corso Garibaldi 32, Mantova
4.4
of 5, from 115 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mantova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stadio Danilo Martelli, Piazza Mantegna and Palazzo del Podesta. Palazzo Ducale di Mantova and Piazza Sordello are also within 15 minutes.

£69
Albergo Bianchi Stazione

Albergo Bianchi Stazione

Piazza Don Leoni 24, Mantova
3.9
of 5, from 168 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mantova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Mantegna, Piazza Virgiliana and Palazzo del Podesta. Piazza Sordello and Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£97
Residenza Ca' delle Erbe - Bed & Breakfast

Residenza Ca' delle Erbe - Bed & Breakfast

Via Broletto 24, Mantova
4.2
of 5, from 25 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Mantova, this property is steps away from Palazzo del Podesta, Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Sordello. Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

£61
La Residenza Leon d'Oro

La Residenza Leon d'Oro

via Leon d'Oro 9, Mantova
4.5
of 5, from 81 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mantova, this townhouse is steps away from Palazzo del Podesta, Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Sordello. Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral are also within 5 minutes.

£109
Casa Museo Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga

Casa Museo Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga

Via Frattini 7, Mantova
4.8
of 5, from 29 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Mantova, this historic townhouse is within a 10-minute walk of Piazza Mantegna and Palazzo del Podesta. Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova and Piazza Sordello are also within 15 minutes.

£44
Bed and Breakfast Bellavista

Bed and Breakfast Bellavista

Via Soldana 8, Castiglione delle Stiviere
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Castiglione delle Stiviere, this bed & breakfast is within 6 miles (10 km) of Red Cross International Museum, Fondazione Palazzo Bondoni Pastorio and Fornace Romana. Castello Bonoris and Solferino Museum of Resurgence are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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