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Mantua: Guided Walking Tour

1. Mantua: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the historic center of Mantua on a guided walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of this UNESCO World Heritage site, and hear stories of the Gonzaga family who designed it. Explore the highlights of this beautiful city, as well as its hidden gems. Your tour starts from the courtyards of Palazzo Ducale, and passes through Saint Giorgio Castle and Casa del Rigoletto. Wander down ancient streets and admire the most important sights, including Piazza Erbe and the Clock Tower. The tour ends by the Basilica di Sant’Andrea.

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Mantua: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Mantua: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover the birthplace of Virgil, the city where Shakespeare’s Romeo took refuge, and the setting for Verdi’s dramatic opera, “Rigoletto” on a 2-hour guided walk of Mantua. Surrounded by 3 small lakes, Mantua rises magically from the waters of the River Mincio, and the lakes and medieval canal of the "Rio." Learn how water and earth are interwoven to form the character of the town in public squares and at churches that only locals know. Start at the Casa di Rigoletto, chosen by the wealthy Gonzaga family as the residence of the legendary fool in Verdi’s opera. Continue to the Castle of St. George (San Giorgio) and the ducal palace of the Palazzo Ducale di Mantova. Marvel at public spaces of outstanding interest, such as Piazza Castello, Piazza Santa Barbara, and Piazza Lega Lombarda. Admire the façade of the ducal palace on Piazza Sordello. Then, go to Mantua Cathedral, dedicated to Saint Peter. Marvel at the facing Palazzo Bonacolsi, before going to Piazza Broletto to see the medieval palaces of the Palazzo del Podesta, Palazzo del Massaro, and Arengario. Next, visit Piazza dell Erbe to look at the Astronomical Clock Tower and the palaces of the Palazzo Cervetta and Palazzo della Ragione. See the imposing church of the Rotonda di San Lorenzo (Mantua’s oldest religious building). Admire the massive dome and Renaissance exterior of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea, and continue to Piazza Leon Battista Alberti to see the former cloister of Sant'Andrea Monastery. On request, you can also visit the beautiful Bibiena Theater where Mozart played when he was only 13 years old, and with an extraordinary auditorium designed in the late Baroque or early Rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena.

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3-Hour Mantua Segway PT Authorized Tour

3. 3-Hour Mantua Segway PT Authorized Tour

Birthplace of Virgil and place of exile for Romeo (of Juliet fame), Mantua is the cultural jewel in the Lombardy province of northern Italy. Lorded over by the Gonzago family during the Renaissance, it became a hotbed of culture and home to Men of Letters in the fields of art and science. Besides a number of glorious churches, it is home to the early 15th-Century Castle of St. George and the rich Palazzo Ducale di Montova, a collection of palaces built for the Italian nobility. Explore this treasure chest of antiquities on a very 21st-Century mode of transport. Meeting at the Palazzo del Te, one of the finest of Mantua’s palaces, you will head off to discover sights such as Piazza Marconi. Alongside Piazza Mantegna and Piazza Erbe, it acts as the heart of the historic city and site of the magnificent Basilica of Sant’ Andrea. Pause to admire the lovely honey-colored façade and beautiful Renaissance artwork within the church before continuing to the picturesque Piazza Erbe, where medieval buildings include the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, inspired by Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher. Nip over to Piazza Sordello to admire the Gonzago palaces of the Palazzo Ducale, before taking in the Gothic Cathedral, cornerstone of the ancient city with roots that date back to the 9th-Century. Cruise over to the artificial lakes, created in the 12th-Century and fed by waters from Lake Garda and the River Po. Then drift along safe and comfortable paths on your return loop to the Palazzo del Te where you will end the tour.

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What people are saying about Basilica of Sant'Andrea

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Truly excellent experience

A truly surprising visit Stefano (our guide) proved to be kind, professional and very nice. We did much more than we expected and both us adults and our little ones had fun and enjoyed the beauty of this city. I recommend everyone to visit the cities with the guides ... only in this way can you enjoy the charm of culture. Heartfelt thanks to Stefano !!!!

Excellent!

Manuela was knowledgable, flexible and fun. She adapted her talk to the group very very well. She adhered to our timing. She was patient even though we were late. She accommodated our needs (for coffee!) and still succeeded in delivering a pretty full programme. Just fantastic!

Brought the history of mantua to life & its art & architectur to l

Manuela spent more than the allocated 2 hour time limit with us explaining the history of mantua, the impact of the gonzagga family and the importance of art & architecture to the city from the etruscan period thru to the renaissance