2. Mantua: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide
The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscan times, when Mantua was a god of Hades. The great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro 70-10 B.C.) was born here. Visiting Mantua, walking along the old town heart is like stepping back in time. Taking part in this private walking tour led by an expert local guide, you will have the chance to explore downtown Mantua and get to know its history, the most important monuments, palaces and squares which represent the real soul of the town.
You will see St. George's Castle, built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406, which became one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance when Andrea Mantegna painted the famous Camera degli Sposi (The Bridal Chamber). Your guide will take you to visit Piazza Sordello, the main and most ancient nucleus of Mantua. This is where the town was born and this square still represents the most important place in town, with its cathedral (Duomo di Mantiva), Palazzo Ducale and the other palaces dating back to the Middle Ages.
Amongst the other attractions, you will also see Piazza delle Erbe (The Herbs Square), which represents the main marketplace in town since the Middle Ages. It also still hosts part of the weekly market on Thursdays. Here, you can admire the beautiful Palazzo della Ragione (the Palace of Justice) and the oldest church in town, called La Rotonda, that was built back in 1082. Ready for a tour which will leave you with a sense of astonishment and new fascinating knowledge? One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera.