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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!
Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (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 mi (5 km).
Located in the heart of Mantova, this townhouse accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of Piazza Mantegna, Piazza Virgiliana, and Palazzo del Podesta. Palazzo Te and Piazza Sordello are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Mantova, this guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Palazzo Te, Piazza Mantegna, and Palazzo del Podesta. Piazza Virgiliana and Piazza Sordello are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Mantova, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Piazza Mantegna, Palazzo del Podesta, and Piazza Sordello. Mosaici della Domus Romana di Mantova and Piazza Virgiliana are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Castel d'Ario and within 12 mi (20 km) of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral. Piazza Sordello and Piazza Virgiliana are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 5.6 mi (9 km) from Sigurta Park and within 12 mi (20 km) of Gardaland and Canevaworld - Aqua Paradise. Parco Natura Viva is 13.2 mi (21.3 km) away.
Situated in Marmirolo, this townhouse accommodation is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Bosco Fontana Nature Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral. Piazza Sordello and Piazza Virgiliana are also within 6 mi (10 km).
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 mi (2 km).