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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.

From Verona: Day Trip to Mantua with City Walking Tour

2. From Verona: Day Trip to Mantua with City Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of Mantua on a guided day trip from Verona. Explore the renaissance city that was rebuilt over a medieval town and filled with architectural remnants of both time periods. Stroll through numerous characteristic squares such as Piazza Sordell, Piazza Erbe, and Piazza Mantegna. As soon as you hop off the bus from Verona to Mantua, see the most important artistic and historical building of the town — the Castle of San Giorgio, part of the Ducal Palace of Mantua built by the Gonzaga family as their residence. Behind the moated castle lies the courtyards of the palace and the Palatine Basilica of Santa Barbara. Pass by the Cathedral of San Pietro Apostolo in Piazza Sordello. At the end of the square, marvel at Rigoletto's House, a small 12th-century building embellished with a 14th-century porch. Continue to Piazza Broletto, where the 13th-century Palazzo del Podestà is located. Learn about its many reconstructions over the years. Move to Piazza Erbe with its emblematic Palazzo della Ragione which marks the completion of construction and urban planning in the area. Next, admire the most ancient church in Mantua, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo. Sunk below the level of the square, its red-brick walls are still decorated with the shadowy remains of 12th- and 13th-century frescoes. Pass by the Casa del Mercante or Merchant's House. Finally, see the Basilica of Sant'Andrea, one of the major works of 15th-century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy, overlooking the Piazza Mantegna. A masterpiece by famed architect Leon Battista Alberti, the co-cathedral preserves the relics of the blood of Christ in the crypt.

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4.8 / 5

based on 22 reviews

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!