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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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Residenza Accademia £53
Residenza Accademia

Residenza Accademia

Via Accademia 20, Mantova
     
    3.7
    of 5, from 23 reviews
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    Located in Old Town, this guesthouse is steps away from Piazza Sordello and Mantua Cathedral. Piazza Mantegna and Palazzo Ducale di Mantova are also within 10 minutes.

    Hotel Casa Poli £79
    Hotel Casa Poli

    Hotel Casa Poli

    Corso Garibaldi 32, Mantova
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 126 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stadio Danilo Martelli, Piazza Mantegna and Palazzo Ducale di Mantova. Piazza Sordello and Mantua Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Hotel La Favorita £50
      Hotel La Favorita

      Hotel La Favorita

      Via S.Cognetti De Martiis 1, Mantova
         
        4.4
        of 5, from 207 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, Mantua Cathedral and Piazza Sordello. Piazza Mantegna and d'Arco Palace Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Hotel Eden Mantova £52
        Hotel Eden Mantova

        Hotel Eden Mantova

        Viale Della Libertà 1, Castel d'Ario
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 85 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Castel d'Ario and within 12 miles (20 km) of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova and Mantua Cathedral. Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Sordello are also within 12 miles (20 km).

          A Casa dei Gonzaga £40
          A Casa dei Gonzaga

          A Casa dei Gonzaga

          Via Bettinelli 29, Mantova
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 86 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Old Town, this townhouse accommodation is within a 15-minute walk of d'Arco Palace Museum and Piazza Mantegna. Palazzo Te and Piazza Sordello are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            Agriturismo Corte Trincerone £59
            Agriturismo Corte Trincerone

            Agriturismo Corte Trincerone

            Str. Trincerone, 3/A, Mantova
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 2 reviews
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              Situated in a provincial park, this agritourism property is within 1 mile (2 km) of Palazzo Te and Stadio Danilo Martelli. Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Sordello are also within 2 miles (3 km).

              Albergo Bianchi Stazione £68
              Albergo Bianchi Stazione

              Albergo Bianchi Stazione

              Piazza Don Leoni 24, Mantova
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 173 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Mantova, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of d'Arco Palace Museum, Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Sordello. Mantua Cathedral and Palazzo Te are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Relais Corte Cavalli £102
                Relais Corte Cavalli

                Relais Corte Cavalli

                Strada Peschiera 73/2, Ponti sul Mincio
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 90 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a rural location, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Sanctuary of Madonna del Frassino and within 3 miles (5 km) of Fort Ardietti and Zenato Winery. Clinica Pederzoli is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

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