Mantova Travel Guide

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Mantova Things to Do

  • Visit Rigoletto from the Verdi Opera

    Chiara and Alex accompanied us to visit the famous jester Rigoletto, you can see in the last photo what Zohara, Chiara and Alex thought of his actions.A short "history" of the play -The Duke of Mantua is always in pursuit of his next romantic conquest. His jester Rigoletto is obsessed with protecting his innocent daughter, Gilda, from the...

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  • Visit Chiesa di San Francesco

    this church is close to the train station and is worth a visit just to realize how different it is from the sumptuous San Pietro dome.You might know that Franciscan monks believed that church was not supposed to be rich, it was not supposed to be powerful. Looking at this big but very clean looking church you really feel they were different!The...

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  • Visit Palazzo Ducale

    I would say Palazzo Ducale is the main attraction in Mantova. The building is huge and actually consist in several different parts built in different time.It is open to visit Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 to 19.15, closed Monday, 1st January and 25th December. Tickets cost 6.5 euros each. They strongly recommend to book in advance, so i did, but i...

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  • Visit the Duomo di San Pietro

    San Pietro is the main church of Mantova, it had an amazing neoclassical facade, white and adorned with statues, and the Gothic side is just as interesting with its spiky bricks ornaments. The contrast is actually amazing.The inside is also interesting, with a marble floor and several chapels. They also have a great organ, the player was practicing...

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  • Visit Domus Romana

    This was a real surprise! During some works in Piazza Sordello in 2006, the workers were making a excavation to install a speed bump, and with their high surprise they discovered the ruins of a roman villa!They uncovered a mosaic pavement about 50 square meter with multicolored mosaic. The pavement has been restored and it is now available to...

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  • Visit Palazzo Te

    We did not gave Palazzo Te justice as we only payed it a night visit to take some pictures. Unfortunately we did not had enough time for an extensive visit.It is a huge complex and it is a wonderful location for big and famous exhibit. During our visit there was one about Virgilio.The palace was build in 1525 for the duke of Mantova and was meant...

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Mantova Hotels

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  • Albergo San Lorenzo

    We really enjoyed our stay at the San Lorenzo. Our room on the top floor had a nice balcony,...

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  • Residenza La Villa

    Strada Ghisiolo 6, Mantova, 46100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Casa San Domenico

    Vicola Scala 8, Mantova, 46100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Mantova Restaurants

  • Taverna del Duca (beware, thieves...

    Zohara, Chiara, Alex and I arrived in Mantua, hungry....We were attracted to Taverna del Duca on the main square which advertizes on a very large sign outside the restaurant "complete meal 14 Euro".Drawn in and after Chiara questioned the owner, we were convinced that we had found the ideal place to sample and enjoy some local food for a decent...

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  • A real taste experience

    Every guide, every review collection I checked before going to Mantova pointed me to this restaurant describing it as one of the best in town.We went on a Saturday lunch, arrived early and got one of the last table. The atmosphere was warm, the waiters are friendly, efficient and professional and, if you will, they will guide you through their...

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  • Great seafood or simply pizza but all...

    A friend recommended me this place for pizza. We went there for lunch and took a look around to see what was in other's plates... yes, good pizza BUT also great looking fish!We went through the menu and quickly realized this was a good find. It was that kind of restaurant you find often around Italy, the owner and all the people working are from...

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  • Home made tortelli & more

    This is one of those places you would never find unless somebody point you at it... It is in a small street in a area of Mantova where there is no tourist attraction, yet it SHOULD BE a tourist attraction itself!!Our residence gave us a coupon for a free appetizer in this place so we decided to try it out for dinner as it was very close to our...

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  • Great and cheap coffee

    We were lounging for a warm cappuccino before starting our visit to Palazzo Ducale and we stopped in this nice cafe. We were tired so we sat down and ordered our cappuccino and a slice of cake expecting, as it often happens in Italy, to be charged for the table service.We were pleasantly surprised because not only the cappuccino and bakery stuff...

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  • sweet speciality

    One of the local Mantovan specialities is ravioli di zucca (pumpkin-filled pasta), commonly served with melted butter, sage and parmesan for sauce. Some people find this too sweet, but personally I love it. I used to buy the supermarket packet versions but longed to try the real thing; so when I went to Mantova I finally got to try it home-made! If...

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Mantova Nightlife

  • by martina.liberati Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Unfortunately, Manotva is not one of most active cities during the night... Young people prefer to go to the Lake of Garda but for those who wish to stay I'd suggest you to visit the following website:
    http://www.mantovanight.com/
    ENJOY!

    Dress Code: Usually no dress code is required especially in pubs/ bars

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Mantova Transportation

  • No bus needed here

    Even though Mantova offers a bus pass like other larger cities, you do not need one. You can walk across the city in 20 minutes and their is little traffic. It is a walker's dream city.

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  • Parking in Mantova

    As in many other old towns, driving iside ancient Mantova is almost impossible, there are no parking inside old city. So, you should use parking outside or near the wall. Then walk no more, than 5-10 min to the center.

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  • ON FOOT: the best way of enjoying...

    ITALIANOEssendo una citt? piccola vi divertirete molto di pi? esplorandola a piedi con una cartina in mano (e magari anche un gelato!).Annuserete il profumo del pane che esce dai vari negozi alimentari e vi rilasserete!NEl caso in cui non vogliate rinunciare alla macchina, nel mio sito troverete interessanti informazioni a proposito dei parcheggi e...

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Mantova Shopping

  • Farmer Market

    Mantova farmer market take place in Piazza Erbe every Saturday.It is a small area so the stand are limited but they were offering lots of great local products! Fresh vegetables and fruit.WineOilbakery stuffhoneylocal crafts Less than in a supermarket

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  • Wonderful Bakery

    The window of this tiny bakery was really great! they had several different traditional desert on show, they were cheap and look delicious!Unfortunately we just had a huge lunch so we did not felt like trying it but i would if I go back to Mantova!They also sell bread and several kind of small patisserie The local specialty Sbrisolona, a sort of...

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  • Books and food

    I heard about this place doing my research, it is a small but very nice and unusual shop. I would say it is perfect as it put together two of my passions, food and books!the entrance of the shop is a cheese and food specialty shop, you can find a lot of cheese, salami, spices, tea, oil and wine from the local area. It smelled wonderful and was very...

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Mantova Local Customs

  • Post Office historical mail boxes

    The mail boxes outside the main Post office in Piazza Martiri di Belfiore captured my attention.They are the old kind, when the envelopes were sorted manually so they had specific holes for several destinations. The ones here are for:- letters and postcards in town- correspondence in town- correspondence in the province - business card and...

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  • Funny sign

    This is not necessary a tip, actually it is more like a funny curiosity!I was strolling around and I noticed this colorful shop selling.... man beachwear... awfully expensive man's beachwear!!!But, after I recover from having seen the price's tags what gave me a good laugh was the sign hang on the door.... instead of the common "Torno subito" (back...

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  • Mantova (Mantua) Cuisine

    Many foods are made in or around Mantova. One that we purchased is called "Sbrisolona", a cake made in Mantova. Now it is mass produced, but it can still be found handmade in bakers' shops,where we purchased ours. It is like a cookie & a cake combined & filled with Almonds. Delicious, but you need milk or some kind of drink with it because, like a...

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Mantova Tourist Traps

  • Tourist information OFFICE - Bad

    The office of Tourist information in Mantova (Informazione ed Accoglienza Turistica piazza Mantegna, 6) is located in unreachable area for car. Also, unfriendly staff doesn't provide real help to find accommodation in the city, unlike Tourist information in other cities in Italy. You cat request the booklet with all appartments and hotels, but you...

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  • Be careful when buying local products

    Just a quick word to remind you all that sometimes when you visit a beautiful city such as Mantua which has a strong and old culinary tradition you might be curious to try some of its special dishes. I would suggest you to buy DOC or DOP products so that you have the guarantee that what you are buying and eating/drinking is worth it!

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  • Mantova Hotels

    33 Hotels in Mantova

Mantova What to Pack

  • by martina.liberati Written Mar 17, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: CAPPELLO & OCCHIALI DA SOLE (estate)
    SCIARPA & GUANTI (inverno)

    HAT & SUNGLASSES (summer)
    GLOVES & SCARF (winter)

    Photo Equipment: Non ? possibile scattare foto all'interno di musei e dimore storiche

    Remeber that it is not allowed to take picture inside the majority of the historic palaces/museums

    Miscellaneous: ITALIANO
    D'estate l'afa opprimente e l'assenza di vento possono rendere la vostra gita un tormento...portate un ventaglio!
    Non dimenticate che la citt?, essendo circondata da laghi ? abitata da fameliche zanzare: portate un repellente e evitate profumi troppo forti (di sera)
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    As the summer is really hot and without wind you'd better bring a FAN.
    ...don't forget a mosquito repellent (a powerful one) because, being surrendered by 3 lakes make us not the only inhabitant of the city!!! Mosquitos are always hungry :(
    Try to avoid strong parfumes in the evening

    Mantova: Castello di San Giorgio sotto la Neve
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    • School Holidays

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Mantova Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Fireman museum

    This off the beaten path museum really made my trip! We just came out from Osteria la Fragoletta after a huge lunch and quite a bit of wine an we though that the fire department museum was appropriate for the moment!! We went inside without big expectations and we were left astonished!The building was a Gonzaga horse stable and has been restored...

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  • Ex chiesa Santa Maria della Vittoria

    This little building was a real find! we saw there was a free exhibit of some sort going on, as all the museums are so expensive nowadays why pass on something free?So we went in and discovered a small gem. The church was built on a Mantegna project and built by some of his scholars, his are the frescoes on the wall and it is a real pity the whole...

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  • Memorial to the Admirable Crichton in...

    Some British people may know that the Scottish writer, J M Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan, also wrote a play called 'The Admirable Crichton', first produced in 1902. Crichton is the butler to an English aristocratic family. The play humourously dissects Edwardian social mores and the class system. Many more Brits will be familiar with the 1957 film...

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Mantova Favorites

  • Mantua canals, another Venice of Italy

    Mantua (or Mantova) is built at the bend in a river and like many places around the globe they took advantage to bring the water into their city. Here, like in Venice they have canals and if you have the time use it to just "wander".

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  • Saint Peters Cathedral of Mantua

    While we did not have time in our whirlwind tour of Mantua to enter the Cathedral, thought I would enter it for the information so the next traveler could make it inside.Some information at wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantua_Cathedralwe will have to visit it when we return to our friends Chiara and Alex.

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  • Basilica of Saint Andrea

    Once again used the wikipedia for information here in Mantua, the link is here,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Sant%27Andrea,_Mantuathat is if you would like more history and photos.What struck us was the beauty of the entrance arch with the inset square depressions which made a very striking ceiling.

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Explore Deeper into Mantova
Rotunda de Saint Lorenzo
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Stroll in Mantova Gardens and Parks
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Fire House Museum
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one of the most romantic cities in my country
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Central, cozy and with good food
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Keep Looking to Find More and More About Mantova
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Church of St Andrew
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St George's Castle
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Sordello Square
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Herbs Square
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do not miss cotechino with polenta
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Planning your visit to Mantova
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F.A.I: give importance to our treasures
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SACRI VASI: Religion or myth?
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ART LOVERS? You'll be delighted & charmed
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MOCAMBO: best pizza in the world (year 1994)
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Visit the Information center.
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Rather a smart cafeteria !
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Palazzo Ducale (3)
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Palazzo Ducale (2)
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Palazzo Ducale
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Mantova's "Versailles"
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Duomo: Cathedral of San Pietro
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Largest Church: Basilica of Sant' Andrea
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Lower Than Ground Level: Unusual Church
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Grotto in Palazzo Te
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Palazzo Te, Gonzaga Family's Leisure Villa
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One of the Oldest Osterias in Mantova (Mantua)
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Great Pizzeria In Piazza Erbe
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Palazzo Dell Ragione & Torre Dell'Orologio
Off The Beaten Path
Birthplace of Great Poet, Publius Virgilianus
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Strikes are Commonplace in Italy
Local Customs
Unique, Hidden "Gems"
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Te Palace
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Produce Truck
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Candy Stand at the Thursday Market
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Try the second restaurant over for the best food
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Piazza Sordello
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Chiesa di San Francesco
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Basilica di Sant'Andrea
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Map of Mantova

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