Mantova Travel Guide

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    Ducal Palace
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  • Cathedral - Duomo di San Pietro
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Mantova Things to Do

  • Palazzo Ducale

    Ducal palace (original name:Palazzo Ducale di Mantova) is famous landmark of Mantova. This is in fact whole complex or a group of buildings. It was built between the 14th and the 17th century. Famous owners was the noble family of Gonzaga and this was theirs royal residence in the capital of their Duchy. All buildings are connected by corridors...

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  • Basilica di Sant'Andrea

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Basilica of Sant'Andrea is a Roman Catholic church and it is also and co-cathedral and minor basilica. This church was one of the major works of 15th-century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy and also it was under construction when I visit Mantova and I cannot enter. The church was legacy of Ludovico III Gonzaga. The construction...

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  • Cathedral - Duomo di San Pietro

    4 out of 5 stars

    Mantua Cathedral (Italian: Duomo di Mantova) or precisely Cattedrale di San Pietro apostolo. It have impressive details and design on front side. It had and great Romanesque bell tower and nice Gothic walls from south side. This is main church in Mantua.

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  • Rotonda di San Lorenzo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even La Rotonda di San Lorenco looks very unusual (for Italy and for Roman catholic church) for outside, its inside is far more interesting and visitors should not miss the opportunity to take a peek. As I written before, the old church was inspired by the Holy Sepulchre church in Jerusalem. Inside you can find a central plan and also and...

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  • Palazzo del Te

    Te Palace (Italian: Palazzo del Te or better known as Palazzo Te) was our last stop in Mantova before we go to our next destination - Modena. We didn't enter, even main gate was close at time of our visit. Our guide was telling Palazzo Te story. Palazzo del Te was constructed 1524–34 for Federico II Gonzaga according to design of Giulio Romano....

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  • St George's Castle

    St. George’s castle is part of Ducal Palace big complex and this building I saw first upon arriving in Mantova. It looks like old fortress from some historical movie. It had ditch water around it. Our tour didn't go inside the castle. The castle is built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 by design of Bartolino da Novara. It had...

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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

  • Hotel Casa Poli

    Corso Garibaldi 32, Mantova, Lombardy, 46100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Mantova Restaurants

  • Osteria della Fragoletta

    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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  • Ristorante Al Quadrato

    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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  • Taverna del Duca

    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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  • Osteria Pizzeria delle Erbe

    The city of Modena is well known for its fine cuisine, which belongs among the best in Italy. Osteria delle Erbe is a good example where you can have a typical dish from Southern Lombardy. Unfortunatelly, I wasn't very hungry because of the hot day, so I ordered pizza Quattro staggioni, which was very good and a beer. The price I payed was...

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  • Osteria Unicorno

    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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  • Antica Osteria Broletto

    The host at our hotel suggested this local Osteria and drew a map for us to find it. It is in a location that a tourist would never find on his/her own. Antica Osteria Broletto is a family owned and run Osteria and quite popular with the locals. We were the only tourist. They did not speak English. Allan ordered Pork with potatoes, salad and...

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Mantova Nightlife

  • NIGHTLIFE under the STARS

    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

  • Walking

    We arrived in Mantova by our bus and then spend some time in exploring city on foot. There are many interesting corners and historical building connected with arcade, passages and squares and other public spaces. Historical core and its attraction are all within short walking distance and anyway all area I visited was car free. Note interesting...

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  • Parking

    It will be assume that historical old town is car free and it is at list in some degree. I found information about free parking areas: on the lakefront boulevard Mincio, Piazza Virgiliana, Anconetta and Golf Canoe. Paid parking areas are: Via San Giorgio, Lakefront Gonzaga and Via Cairoli.

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  • Exploring Mantova on foot

    We arrived in Mantova by our bus and then spend some time in exploring city on foot. There are many interesting corners and historical building connected with arcade, passages and squares and other public spaces. Historical core and its attraction are all within short walking distance and anyway all area I visited was car free. Note interesting...

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Mantova Shopping

  • Librogusteria Il Pensatoio

    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...

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  • 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. Wine Oil bakery stuff honey local crafts Less than in a supermarket

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  • 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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Mantova Local Customs

  • 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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  • Historic center

    Old town in Mantova represent ideals of the Renaissance, especially part of town build during rule of the Gonzaga family (1328-1707). Manova downtown along with Sabbioneta inserted onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008.

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  • History of Mantova

    Once you approach to Mantova it looks like time traveling. Go to Sordello square. I learned here that this is first nucleus of the city. They history of this spot goes back to Neolithic Age since remains have been found that dates back but also and remains from the Bronze and Iron Age. The city was probably founded by The Etruscans around the 6th...

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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

  • Mosquito repellent: your best friend

    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)
    ????????????????????????????????????????????????ENGLISH
    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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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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