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Lake Garda: E-bike Rental

Lake Garda: E-bike Rental

Start your day at the bike store of the local partner located in near Peschiera del Garda. After a short meet-and-greet, receive your E-bike for you and your group and set-off on a full-day adventure. Travel from Peschiera del Garda and reach Borghetto with ease on your E-bike. Discover this small medieval village which owes its charm to the harmonious relationship between history and nature which has kept this village preserved and intact over the centuries. Ride through the village or explore on foot and get in touch with the region's history. Venture to Lake Garda, the most beautiful natural feature in this region. Take a scenic drive along the lake until you reach Mantua where the river splits into 3 and surrounds the city. Relax whilst exploring the 15 km-long track from North to South. This is a very easy track which is well signposted and suitable for everyone, with a modest difference in height, completely paved and isolated from car traffic.

Mantua Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

Mantua Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour

Wander through Mantua's city center and learn about its origins on this treasure hunt-style historical walking tour. Follow the route on your smartphone between landmarks like the city squares, and enjoy 9 historical riddles to solve as you explore. Start this self-guided tour from Castello di San Giorgio. From here, follow the tour on your smartphone, which will provide historical facts and riddles to solve between each landmark. The tour will take you through the history of Mantua from its origins up to the 20th century, and cover roughly 2km around the city center.

From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

From Lake Garda: Verona Full-Day Tour

Discover one of the jewels of the Italian Renaissance on a full-day tour to the romantic city of Verona. Choose from multiple departure points from Lake Garda and travel by a comfortable air-conditioned coach. Take a short walk in the city center and see one of the best-preserved monuments of the Roman Empire: the Arena, which hosts events, pop concerts and the opera festival. Meet the city guide for a 1h30 walking tour to Piazza dei Signori, Piazza delle Erbe and Juliet's House. Learn more about how the city has developed over the centuries and discover artistic elements from different periods, including the medieval Castelvecchio and the tombs of the Scaligeri family at the church of Santa Maria Antica. Admire the Roman bridge over the Adige River and more. Then, get some free time to stroll down Via Mazzini and browse the local and high street shops before the return journey to Lake Garda.

Mantova City Center and Ducal Palace: 3-Hour Guided Tour

Mantova City Center and Ducal Palace: 3-Hour Guided Tour

Surrounded by 3 small lakes, Mantova rises almost magically from the waters. The relationship between Mantua and water is a very close one: the Mincio River, the lakes and the medieval canal known as Rio are all entwined in Mantovan traditions. On a 3-hour walking tour in the city center you’ll discover how water and earth are unexpectedly interwoven. See stunning buildings, squares and churches. Learn about the importance of the Gongaza family in fine art and how they transformed their home into what is today the largest museum in Italy. The Ducal Palace was built between the 14th and the 17th centuries as the family’s royal residence in the capital of their duchy. The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and feature inner courts and gardens. The complex includes about a thousand rooms and occupies an area of 34,000 square meters. Although most famous for Mantegna's frescos in the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), there are many other very significant architectural and painted elements. Visit Rigoletto's House, see the exterior of the Saint George Castle and visit Piazza Castello, Piazza Santa Barbara and Piazza lega Lombarda. At Piazza Sordello you’ll have views of the Ducal Palace façade, the Cathedral, Vicolo Bonacolsi, Piazza Broletto with the medieval Palazzo del Podesta and Palazzo del Massaro and Arengario. Piazza delle Erbe is surrounded by the Palazzo della Ragione, the Clock Tower and the Saint Lorenzo Church. See the façade of the Merchant's House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant'Andrea built by Leon Battista Alberti and Piazza Leon Battista Alberti with the former cloister of the Sant'Andrea Monastery. No entrance tickets are needed on this city center tour, unless you’d like to visit the beautiful Bibiena Theatre where Mozart played when he was 13 years old (entrance €2). Churches close at noon and re-open at 15.00. During services entrance to visit churches is not permitted. For the Ducal Palace the entrance fee is €13. The Castle and Ducal Palace limit entrance to groups not larger than 25 people. For larger groups additional guides are needed and bookings are required in advance. On the first Sunday of every month, entrance to the Ducal Palace is free of charge, but cannot be booked in advance. As only 1,500 people per day can enter the room painted by Mantegna, on these special Sundays it may be impossible to enter that particular room.

Mantua: Self-Guided Audio Tour to the City of Lakes

Mantua: Self-Guided Audio Tour to the City of Lakes

Italy is full of beautiful cities but exploring Mantua, the City of Lakes in the heart of the Po Valley isn’t an experience to be missed. On this walking tour, I’ll guide you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site where the great poet Virgil was born. I’ll show you its labyrinth of charming streets that open onto gorgeous piazzas, and share the highlights of its history and cuisine. Starting in front of Castle of San Giorgio (Castello di San Giorgio), I’ll tell you about the three lakes surrounding the city which are said to originate from prophetess Manto’s tears – and how they were actually built by marvelous engineers over 800 years ago. At Piazza delle Erbe (Market’s Square), I’ll show you traces of the powerful medieval Canossa family, including the oldest church in the city, Rotonda di San Lorenzo, which they commissioned. I’ll also tell you why this spot was chosen for the church and how it’s connected to the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ. Strolling past the many beautiful gothic-style medieval buildings, you’ll hear stories about the city’s various rulers including the Bonacolsi and Gonzaga families, who were part of the oldest dynasties in Europe. You’ll see Campanile di San Domenico, best known as the city’s centre for the Inquisition, and some impressive palatial homes including Palazzo del Capitano, Palazzo della Ragione, and the Ducal Palace. Finally, I’ll guide you through the former Jewish Ghetto, where I’ll show you La Casa del Rabbino which once housed the community’s rabbis. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • Hear about Matilda Canossa, who ruled over all of Tuscany and commissioned the Rotonda di San Lorenzo • See Rigoletto’s House, the building hand-picked in 1851 to feature in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Rigoletto • Find out where you can see Camera degli Sposi, the breathtaking fresco by Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna • Gaze upon the Basilica di Sant Andrea, Cattedrale di San Pietro, and the Church of Santa Barbara • Tuck into local specialties like Risotto alla Mantovana, pumpkin toretelli, pumpkin gnocchi, and Mantua Salame • Learn about Mantua’s Jewish community, which was once large enough to have six synagogues Join me and see Mantua through the ages of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, and enjoy a touch of excellent Italian cuisine.

Horseback riding and wine tasting in the Land of Custoza

Horseback riding and wine tasting in the Land of Custoza

Get acquainted with the horses, gear up, assist with the saddling and prep of the horses for the ride. Get a basic lesson in horse: each rider will be matched perfectly with one of our trail horses based on weight, height and level of experience. Ride for about 60 minutes through beautiful vineyards up to the hill of Custoza. Visit a family-run winery and taste local white wine delighted by stunning views of the green countryside. Walk into the wine cellar, surrounded by the unmistakable smell of the old barrels, and learn about interesting winemaking techniques. Taste a selection of their most produced wines – white, rosè and red wine – paired with homemade cheese and salami. Then after the ride you can brush your horse and give him/her a snack

Mantua: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

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.

Verona: Night Walking Tour

Verona: Night Walking Tour

A cultural stroll at sunset in the most romantic city in Italy, Verona. Discover the city through its historic center visiting the beautiful Piazza Erbe and the famous Shakespeare's balcony at the House of Juliet. Walk through the most suggestive panoramic corners with a night tour. With a funicula reach the terrace of Castel San Pietro and enjoy the view over the city of love. Before to reach Piazza Brà and the majestic Arena, admire the medioeval bridge at Castelvecchio. Finally, you will end the tour either with a fresh typical ice cream in summer or a hot chocolate in winter.

Self-Guided Tour of Como and its Breathtaking Lakeside

Self-Guided Tour of Como and its Breathtaking Lakeside

Como was historically Italy’s gateway to trade with Northern Europe, nestled at the southwestern tip of Lake Como. On this walking tour with art historian and Context Travel expert Laura Benitti, you’ll find out how Como’s strategic location made it into a pivotal commercial port, and see notable examples of atypical Italian architecture, with influences beyond these shores. Laura will share fascinating tales of Como’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman times to the modern era. Your tour begins at the Alessandro Volta Statue, a tribute to the inventor of the first electric battery. You’ll venture on to Como’s Cathedral at Piazza del Duomo to gaze at its wonderful Swiss-sourced marble facade, a byproduct of the region’s historic trade links. From there, you’ll learn about Tommaso Rodari, hailed as the ‘Michelangelo of Lake Como’ and his Renaissance masterpieces. Laura will let you in on the controversial history of Casa del Fascio, the Fascist Party’s headquarters during Mussolini’s regime, and its pivotal role in World War II. From the Piazza Cavour, you’ll wind around the picturesque lakefront, where you’ll take in breathtaking views of the surrounding historic villas. Your tour comes to an end at the Lake Funicular Station (Funicolare Como Brunate) where you can continue on to the hilltop town of Brunate, take a boat trip, or simply indulge in Como’s culinary delights. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to: • Learn about Tommaso Rodari, a master of the Renaissance, who worked as a sculptor and architect in Como from 1484 to 1526 • Trace Como’s origins from its Celtic roots to its prominence as a Roman settlement in the 1st century • See where public councils met during the Middle Ages, at the Broletto • Learn about Como’s silk industry, which dates back to the 1400s, and has evolved to supply fashion houses like Armani and Prada • Dive into Casa del Fascio’s reconquest by the Partisans (Italians who resisted Fascism) towards the end of the Second World War • Take in Porta Torre, a fortified tower from the 1100s, when Como’s city walls were almost completely rebuilt after their destruction by the Milanese • Learn about Como’s strategic lakeside position and how it was perfect for trade between the surrounding regions and the mountains of the Prealps • Visit Piazza San Fidele, traditionally called Grain Square, the site of Como’s forum in ancient Roman times, and the most important market and commercial square in the city for centuries This self-guided tour will help you to get a grasp of the city’s fascinating history, with plenty of time to taste good food and stroll beside the lakefront with its magnificent panorama. Join Laura as you navigate through Como’s historic squares, ancient streets, and iconic landmarks, guided by her expert insights.

Photography Session in Mantua / Mantova

Photography Session in Mantua / Mantova

What's included? 1 hour photography session: I will show you the most famous attractions and most beautiful locations of the city to take some photos. !! We can discuss the itinerary before !! I take individual, couple, or group photos (if more than 6 people let me know before), the price varies based on how many people take part. The time of the session is up to you, but I suggest late afternoon. What you'll get? An online edited gallery of all your photos, that you can download and print. The gallery will be avaible in 10 days after the session. I speak italian, english, spanish and a bit of french.

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