Mantua (Italian: Mantova, Lombard: Mantua) is a world heritage list city in Lombardy, Italy not far from Emilia-Romagna and Veneto.
Because of the power and influence of the Gonzaga family, which used to own the city for over 400 years, Mantua was considered one of the most important cultural cities in the Renaissance and it still maintains a lot of the buildings that made it famous during that period. It was also the city where the composer Claudio Monteverdi premiered his opera L'Orfeo (1607), the earliest opera that is still regularly performed today.
Mantua was named "Capital of Italian culture 2016".
By planeThe nearest airport to Mantua is Valerio Catullo Airport located near Verona, on the Brennero's Highway, just 25 minutes away from the city.
Other options are Guglielmo Marconi Airport, near Bologna, 1 hour away, and Orio al serio Airport, near Bergamo, reachable in less than 1 hour and half via Highway.
The airport in Verona served by some low-cost airlines such as WizzAir (to Bucharest), EasyJet (to London-Gatwick, Paris-Charles de Gaulle) and VoloTea (to Bari, Palermo). Other big carriers such as Alitalia and Lufthansa serve this airport daily.
Airports in Bologna and Bergamo are served by the low-cost carrier Ryanair.
By trainThe Verona-Modena railway line passes through , located in Piazza Don Leoni. It is also the end of the line for trains arriving from Monselice and Cremona. Train service for Milan is available everyday, every two hours and it costs €10.75. For Verona the frequency is every 40 minutes and the price is €3.15.
Via Verona you can easily reach cities like Venice, Brescia, Trento, Bolzano and via Modena you can reach Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna up to all southern cities.
If you have to reach Bologna quickly, so you don't want to use the railway line Verona-Modena and change the train, a good idea would be catching the train on the Verona-Bologna line using the Nogara station, 20 minutes away by car from the city center of Mantua.
Regional train services are operated by Trenord, the long distance trains are operated by Trenitalia. The city centre approx. 1 km E from the station.
By busMain bus station is just outside the Train station. APAM S.p.a. offers many buses that connect the whole province with the city. Brescia, Sirmione, Peschiera del Garda, Mirandola are also cities served by this company. To know timetables and fares the easiest way is to use Google Maps which, thanks to a collaboration between Apam and Google, it's very accurate in timetables and routes.
By carMantua is crossed by the
By busAPAM S.p.a. manages the bus urban service in town and in the nearby municipalities and it's a good choice to move around the different areas of the city.
By carA large section of the old town is a limited traffic zone (ZTL) and a pass is required to drive in this area, so it is better to park your car in one of the parking areas that surrounds it.
- . Just south of the stadium, not far from Palazzo Te.
- . Close to Palazzo Te.
- . Large parking area close to Palazzo Te.
- . Close to Teatro Bibiena.
- . Beside the namesake public garden, not far from the Cathedral.
- . Close to Palazzo Te and the House of Mantegna.
phone: +39 041 241 1897address: Piazza Sordello, 40This complex is a marvel of medieval and Renaissance architecture and artistry. It was the home of the Gonzaga family from 1328 to 1707, extended through the period, and including more than 500 rooms. NB: The famous Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber) was reopened in 2015 after it was damaged by a quake (max. 1,500 persons per day).
Castello di San GiorgioThe castle is a part of the Ducal Palace. It hosts the Museum of modern and contemporary arts.
phone: +39 0376 323266address: Viale Te, 13The "Palazzo del T", as it used to be called, is a splendid palace in the south end of Mantua, it is an acknowledged masterpiece of the architect Giulio Romano. The palace is a fine example of Renaissance implementation of Villa Suburbana (suburban residence). It is also famous for its grotesque frescos in a mannerist style, which are rare example of secular paintings of that time. The palace also hosts International Centre of Art and Culture
Basilica Di Sant'Andreaaddress: Piazza Andrea MantegnaThis world-famous church (dating from 1472 onwards) is the work of the architect Leon Battista Alberti, one of the founders of Renaissance architecture.
address: Piazza SordelloBuilt in different architectural styles, from Romanesque, to Renaissance and Baroque.
Rotonda di San LorenzoBuilt in the late 11th century. It is the oldest church in the city; restored to its original forms in the early 20th century.
address: Piazza Sordello14th-century building by Pinamonte Bonacolsi, a residence of Mantua rulers from 1274 to 1328.
address: Piazza Broletto13th-century palace, which houses the commune government in Mantua.
address: Piazza delle Erbe14th-century building with portico of the 15th century. It used to be a seat of the Court of Justice and notarial archives.
Torre dell'OrologioHosts Museo del Tempo (Museum of time).
phone: +39 3484419954address: Via Pietro Frattini, 7The palace received its Baroque style and decor in 1670.
phone: +39 0376 322297, +39 347 2399114, +39 339 6624824address: Via Pietro Frattini, 9A rare example of an almost intacty preserved 15th-century house, which was a home to the Blessed Osanna of Mantua. The building in the hands of the Domenican Fraternity
address: Piazza Canossa
phone: +39 0376322242address: Piazza d'Arco, 4Built in 1784 in neoclassical style. There is a nice garden there. It is also a museum. It is possible for those who have motor disabilities to use a stair lift crawler to visit the floor of the palace please call the museum to alert them of arrival time.
Torre della Gabbiaaddress: Via CavourA symbol of the power of families Bonacolsi and Gonzaga, but it was used a prison from the beginning of the 13th century.
Pescherie di Giulio RomanoFishmonger's loggia built by Giulio Romano.
address: via Poma, 18House (built in 1544) of Giulio Romano, the architect of Palazzo Te, he also designed the interior of Duomo.
address: Piazza Erbe, 26The building (built in 1455) features a striking facade with decorations of Venetian style.
address: Piazza Marconi, 13A frescoed (attributed to the school of Andrea Mantegna) Renaissance house built in 1462.
Casa del MantegnaBuilt in 1476, the building's external walls are square in plan with a circular court. It is used for temporary exhibitions.
phone: +39 0376 327653address: Via Accademia 47Opened in 1769, it is an interesting example of a theatrical interior design of the 2nd half of the 18th century.
- Go to the museums:
phone: +39 0376-367087address: Largo XXIV Maggio, 12
Museo Tazio NuvolariDedicated to a memory of Tazio Nuvolari, a famous car racer.
phone: +39 0376 234232, +39 0376 234286address: via Calvi 28
phone: +39 0376 363238address: Via Saverio Bettinelli, 14A convenient place to have a pizza while you're waiting for a train. There are some tables at the back court yard.
phone: +39 0376 362563address: Via Giovanni Zambelli, 8This pub has become a true institution in town due to the quality of the drinks and the dishes served. Here you will find beer, cocktails and excellent burgers.
phone: +39 333 433 4682address: Via Leon D'Oro, 13An incredible selection of original cocktails in a small club in the heart of the historic centre.
phone: +39 348 738 9659address: Giardini BarbatoEnjoy a stunning view of the sunset over the lake while drinking a good cocktail. This place usually offers evenings of music and small artistic events.
phone: +39 0376-322329address: Piazza Don Leoni 25/273-star hotel in front of the train station. Clean rooms, nice furniture and surprisingly good breakfast. Bicycle renting is available and there is free WiFi. Expect to pay around €15 for parking.
phone: +39 0376 326465address: Piazza Don Leoni, 243-star hotel just in front of the railway station. Tourist information available.
phone: +39 0376 390804address: Strada Tezze, 1 - 46047 Porto Mantovano (MN)This agritourist camp offers both cheap rooms and camping sites to pitch a tent. Super friendly owners/staff, nice food, horse riding available.
phone: +39 0376 322609address: Piazza Cavallotti, 8Though it looks a bit ugly from the outside, the rooms are quite ok. An ok breakfast buffet is included in the price. There seems to be a curfew of some kind during the week but the nice nightwatchman might allow exceptions.
phone: +39 0376 288170address: Corso Garibaldi, 32Elegant atmosphere, minimalist design and quality services.
phone: +39 0376 432432address: Piazza Mantegna, 6
phone: +39 0376 288208address: Piazza Sordello, 23
- Sabbioneta – a Renaissance ideal town. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site on par with Mantua.
- Castel Goffredo – one of the capitals of the states of the Gonzaga.
- Lake Garda – is at an easy reach by a direct bus 46 to Peschiera del Garda (take off at Piazza Bettelloni). From where you can take a ferry to the other destinations around the lake. Adventurous ones could take a bike ride right up to Peschiera along the Mincio Cycleway.