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Mantua: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

1. 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.

Mantua: Astrological Mysteries Walking Tour w/ Palazzo Entry

2. Mantua: Astrological Mysteries Walking Tour w/ Palazzo Entry

Who would have thought? The city that is hastily labeled as the Cinderella of Lombardy is sprinkled everywhere with places that refer to mythological, alchemical and esoteric symbols, the likes of Turin. One need only walk a few steps through the streets of the center to find oneself immersed in a mysterious, obscure, superstitious and at times disturbing Mantua. The most esoteric place in Mantua is certainly Palazzo Te, a true concentration of esoteric symbolism and numerology. But it is not the only one. Among the city's most mysterious wonders is the Clock Tower on Piazza Erbe, whose hands not only indicate the hours of the day but also the zodiac signs, planetary hours, the days of the moon and the position of the stars. In nearby Piazza Broletto, Virgil, who became a famous magician in Naples, makes a fine display. But he was not the only Mantuan with a passion for "magic": many among the characters of the Gonzaga dynasty showed interest in the Arts, a boundless passion for hermetic Greek and Latin mythology, astrology and alchemy. Isabella d'Este certainly stands out, but Vincenzo I Gonzaga, interested in finding the philosopher's stone, was not to be outdone ... These and other esoteric tales will accompany us during the visit, which will conclude at the Falconetto Zodiac Room with predictions for 2023 of the 12 Signs by a professional astrologer. Meeting place: Casa del Rigoletto - Piazza Sordello 23 (arrive 15 minutes early) Itinerary: Piazza Castello (Ludovico II and the Bridal Chamber) - Giardino dei Semplici (Vincenzo I Gonzaga and Alchemy) - Piazza Pallone (Isabella d'Este and Astrology) - Piazza Sordello (Dante and Astrology) Piazza Broletto (Virgil and Magic) - Piazza Erbe (the Astrological Clock Tower) - Falconetto's Hall of the Zodiac Signs at Palazzo D'Arco Duration: 2.5 hours Maximum: 30 people

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4.9 / 5

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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 !!!!

Manuela was an excellent and clear guide. Very willing to explain in simple words and interact with my 10 year old son.

Great tour very interesting the historical explanation that threw us into another era. Very nice and prepared guide

Everything worked fine. Were contacted on site with WhatsApp and informed about the meeting point.

Thanks to Manuela for her skill and friendliness! Now Mantua will remain even more in our hearts!