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Mantua (Mantova in Italian) is a fantastic city to visit in Lombardy, in Northern Italy. With a population of just over 48,000 people, it’s a small town but one that is packed with culture and history. It’s setting is beautiful, surrounded on three sides by artificial lakes built in the 12th Century to protect the city.

Mantua was the seat of the important Gonzaga family, whose wealth and patronage of the arts has meant that, despite its small size, the city has some wonderful art and architetcure to visit. Mantua’s old city centre (the centro storico) has been declared a world heritage site, and the city also plays host to Italy’s most important literary festival, the Mantova book festival.

We’ve put together a collection of articles for you to help you get the best out of any visit to Mantua.

  • Mantua's Bell Tower

    Mantua’s Torre dell’Orologio

    Mantua’s clocktower, or Torre dell’Orologio, located beside the Palazzo della Ragione (in the centrally located Piazze delle Erbe) is an interesting monument in its own right, but primarily it offers a spectacular 360° view of the city from the top of the bell tower. The tower also hosts a museum. Built between 1472 and 1473 […]

  • When is the best time to visit Mantua?

    One of the common questions that we get, for our Mantua travel guide, is when is the best time to visit the city? It’s a difficult question to answer, because, in general it comes down to personal preferences. In terms of climate, Mantova shares a common climate found across Northern Italy on the Po river […]

  • The Palazzo Te, Mantua

    Mantua’s Palazzo Te is one of the must-see sights in this beautiful city. A large sprawling palace, the summer residence of the Gonzaga family, the Palazzo Te is just a short walk from Mantua’s centro storico, and is filled with exquisite art, as well as temporary exhibitions. It’s worth taking a guided tour, or simply […]

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