Guided tour of Mantova
Mantua appears at the bottom of the Po valley, surrounded by water, in all its beauty. This wonderful Lombard city, which was the city of the Gonzagas, also called the Virgilian city for being the birthplace of Virgil, seduces at first sight with its palaces and fascinating views, becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Mantua appears at the bottom of the Po valley, surrounded by water, in all its beauty. This wonderful Lombard city, which was the city of the Gonzagas, also called the Virgilian city for being the birthplace of Virgil, seduces at first sight: the imposing bulk of Castel San Giorgio which encloses the famous Camera degli Sposi by Andrea Mantegna welcomes visitors on arrival that remain open-mouthed at the sight of this little Venice in the middle of the Po Valley, magically surrounded by the waters of the Mincio river, on which expert boatmen make fascinating navigations. This beauty allowed Mantua, together with Sabbioneta, to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
The first stop on the way to the center is the so-called Casa del Rigoletto, the jester made famous by Verdi’s notes. Once you reach Piazza Sordello, you will find yourself facing on one side the imposing bulk of Palazzo Ducale, with the sumptuous palace of the Gonzaga family built over three centuries, on the other the white facade of the Cathedral of San Pietro, with a magnificent and luminous interior due to the hand of the great Giulio Romano, Raphael’s favorite pupil. In addition to Renaissance buildings, Mantua still retains its medieval buildings, dating back to the communal period, when the center of civil power was located between Piazza Broletto, where the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo del Massaro and the Torre della Gabbia and Piazza delle Herbs surrounded by the Palazzo della Ragione, the Clock Tower, the arcades and the merchant’s house. Here the true artistic jewel is the evocative Romanesque church of San Lorenzo, a rare example of a circular church throughout Italy, brought to light only a century ago. Not far away, on Piazza Mantegna, stands the imposing classical façade of the Basilica of Sant’Andrea by Leon Battista Alberti, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, whose interior with a single nave and side chapels leaves everyone breathless and in whose crypt the Sacred Vases. In baroque style instead it would be the most beautiful theater in Italy, the Scientific Theater created by Antonio Galli Bibiena.
The price includes: private guide for about 3 hours. The price is intended for groups up to 25 people.
The price does not include: tickets for museums, churches or monuments. Transportation to Mantua (on request).