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Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Mantua

Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Mantua  - Mantua, Italy

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Mantua, Italy

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$54.41

Enter an authentic canteen in fascinating Mantua and experience this 3-hour hands on cooking class with a passionate local chef. Enjoy the lunch or dinner accompanied a fine selection of wine with your small-group of no more than 10 ... More info ›

Enter an authentic canteen in fascinating Mantua and experience this 3-hour hands on cooking class with a passionate local chef. Enjoy the lunch or dinner accompanied a fine selection of wine with your small-group of no more than 10. Hotel pickup and drop-off can be accommodated with advanced notice.

Meet your instructor at the predetermined location or get picked up from your central Mantua accommodations.

In a typical court built in the 1300's, enter an old wine cellar that retains the charm of a time. Taste the local cuisine in a warm, cozy and homely environment , cooked and prepared with the hosts who are passionate about local culinary traditions. Sitting around a large table you can spend a pleasant evening with friends learning to prepare risotto, ravioli, polenta, and more. While the menu can change, you will still enjoy cooking a traditional recipe handed down through the generations. At the end of your lesson, enjoy the meal, then return to your hotel or leave using independently selected transportation.

Sample Menu:
Antipasto: Polenta e "gras pisa", salami, and cheese
Main Course: Risotto alla mantovana with pork ribs or Seasonal vegetables with fish
Dessert: Sbrisolona con zabaione cake
Beverages: Water and local Lambrusco Mantovano red wine

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Mantua Old City Centre Walking Tour

Mantua Old City Centre Walking Tour  - Mantua, Italy Star Rating

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Mantua, Italy

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$122.14

Mantua, 'the City on Water of the Gonzagas'.

This tour's highlights: Piazza Sordello with Duomo, Bishop’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale with its courtyards and gardens, Piazza Broletto and Piazza Erbe with Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo della Ragione, Clock Tower, Rotonda of S ... More info ›

Mantua, 'the City on Water of the Gonzagas'.

This tour's highlights: Piazza Sordello with Duomo, Bishop’s Palace, Palazzo Ducale with its courtyards and gardens, Piazza Broletto and Piazza Erbe with Palazzo Comunale and Palazzo della Ragione, Clock Tower, Rotonda of S. Lorenzo and Basilica of S. Andrea, Via Orefici with the Canal “Rio”. On request visit to the Academy Theatre (Teatro Bibiena) entrance ticket €. 2,00




You are going to discover the fascinating city-centre of Mantua, starting from the courtyards and gardens of the the Ducal Residence of the Gonzaga Lords, the magnificent Palazzo Ducale and the Cathedral overlooking the cobbled Piazza Sordello.


Going further with our stroll, we’ll encounter the medieval squares of the Communal era, such as Piazza Broletto and Piazza delle Erbe, with picturesque crenellated Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo della Ragione, then entering the intimate palatine church of Matilda of Canossa, named Rotonda of S. Lorenzo close to Piazza Mantegna, with the solemn and imposing Basilica of St. Andrew. The Basilica is an absolute masterwork, designed by famous architect Leon Battista Alberti.

The guided stroll will then reach the charming ancient canal called the “Rio” passing through the Goldmiths Street and coming back to Mantegna’s Square, in the very heart of the old city, full of animated cafés and elegant shops.

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Gonzaga's Residences Private Walking Tour

Gonzaga's Residences Private Walking Tour - Mantua, Italy

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Mantua, Italy

From USD
$122.14

Gonzaga's Residences tour. Mantua owes its beautiful Renaissance monuments to the Gonzaga Lords, who ruled the Mantuan Duchy for almost four centuries, and during their reign they made the city into a Court of grand splendor ... More info ›

Gonzaga's Residences tour. Mantua owes its beautiful Renaissance monuments to the Gonzaga Lords, who ruled the Mantuan Duchy for almost four centuries, and during their reign they made the city into a Court of grand splendor. The Gonzaga loved both luxury and power, and they lived in somptuous residences such as the huge Palazzo Ducale, their royal residence and the amazing Palazzo Te, intended as place of leisure and pleasure. The Ducal Palace with the gorgeous “Bridal Chamber” by Mantegna and the Te Palace by Giulio Romano’s genius, are some magnificent residences built by the Gonzagas, and an absolute must-see.

Mantova Palazzo Ducale Walking Tour (2 hours)


The Ducal Palace was the official and most significant residence of the Gonzaga Lords during their long rule. The guided tour of the present National Museum of Palazzo Ducale offers the visit of magnificent rooms, complex structures connected by corridors and galleries, squares, courtyards and several gardens. With more than 500 rooms it’s among the most extensive aristocratic palaces in Europe. It houses masterpieces of the 15th and 16th centuries such as Mantegna’s Bridal Chamber in the Castel of San Giorgio, the Hall of King Arthur’s Knights by Pisanello, the Isabella d’Este Apartment with its precious cabinetry works in the Old Court, Raphael’s complete cycle of woven Flemish tapestries, the Hall of Rivers close to a rare hanging garden, and the amazing Hall of Mirrors.

Mantua Palazzo Te Walking Tour (2 hours)

The Palazzo Te visit is dedicated to duke Federico Renaissance summer villa, a master-work designed and decorated by architect Giulio Romano, who was Raphael’s most talented pupil. During our guided tour we’ll understand how much this residence is an embodiment of Gonzaga's desire for sensuality and struggle for power. The rooms are rife with frescos narrating mythological stories of passion, love, showing naked gods and goddesses, just in the licentious Chamber of Psyche and Cupid, consecrated to womanizer Federico Gonzaga and his beloved mistress Isabella Boschetti. We’ll enter the outstanding Hall of the Horses, used as official reception hall and the impressive Room of the Giants, celebrating the emperor’s supremacy. Now we'll be captured by the theatrical illusionist scene all around us with the defeated Titans striking by Jupiter's fury.

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St. George's Castle and Ducal Palace Private Tour in Mantua

St. George's Castle and Ducal Palace Private Tour in Mantua - Mantua, Italy

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Location: Mantua, Italy

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$332.00

Join this 2.5-hour, private tour of two of the most important and fascinating historical buildings in Mantua: St. George's Castle and the majestic Ducal Palace ... More info ›

Join this 2.5-hour, private tour of two of the most important and fascinating historical buildings in Mantua: St. George's Castle and the majestic Ducal Palace. St. George's Castle has become an important example of the Italian Renaissance. The Ducal Palace was unified from detached buildings to a 34,000 square meter complex. Explore their interiors following your expert, local guide and discover the artworks hidden inside!

The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscan times, when Mantus was a god of Hades. Here was born the great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-10 B.C.). Visiting Mantua and walking along the heart of old town is like stepping back in time.

During this 2.5-hour walking tour, your expert, local guide will take you to discover two of the most important buildings of Mantua: St. George's Castle and The Ducal Palace.

St. George's Castle is the first historical building that welcomes visitors as they enter the town of Mantua. Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, the castle was originally meant for the defense of the city. Then, it became a residence of the family. After a renovation required by Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga in 1459, the castle lost its original defensive role and became one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance when Andrea Mantegna painted the famous Camera degli Sposi (The Bridal Chamber).

After the visit of the castle, you'll walk to the most representative square of Mantua, Piazza Sordello. This is where you start your visit of the interior of The Ducal Palace. The palace represents the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises, and, finally, the dukes of the city. It was called Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) under the domination of Maria Teresa of Austria. Interestingly, the palace was built in different times starting from the 13th Century, first by the Bonacolsiâ's and then by the Gonzagaâ's. Many different parts, buildings, courts, and gardens compose the palace, which you will have the chance to get to know and admire through this guided walking tour.

Get ready to experience Mantua in a way you wouldn't expect.

One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera!

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Mantua Portrait Session

Mantua Portrait Session - Mantua, Italy

Duration: 3 hours
Location: Mantua, Italy

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$366.42

Let this portrait session put you squarely in the frame as we spend three hours in Mantua. Photographing you and your loved ones in the cobblestone streets or a studio ... More info ›

Let this portrait session put you squarely in the frame as we spend three hours in Mantua. Photographing you and your loved ones in the cobblestone streets or a studio. Come away with elegant keepsakes of your holiday to show your family and friends.

We will bring you to the most picturesque parts of Mantua, in the cobblestone streets or a studio on a photoshoot to accentuate your time in Italy. Whether you are commemorating your marriage, on holiday with your family, friends having a great time or simply an explorer looking for memorable moments, we will make beautiful pictures of you. You will begin the shoot at a cafe near our pre-chosen locations for a coffee or glass of wine. We understand that a great photo shoot is a collaborative effort and we want you to know us as well as us knowing you. Once everyone is ready, and excited, we will go out shooting.

The shoot will last approximately 3 hours (we won’t rush if you don’t) and we will take you to three distinctly unique locations. After the shoot we will deliver you a minimum of 20 fully toned and photo shopped images. If you are a regular and have your favorite neighborhood, we will find great original locations within it. If this is your first time we will take you to our favorite areas. We will work with you before the shoot to develop the perfect locations and picture ideas so that on the day it won’t be work, it will just be a lot of fun.

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Mantua City Centre Walking Tour

Mantua City Centre Walking Tour - Mantua, Italy Star Rating

Duration: 2 hours
Location: Mantua, Italy

From USD
$122.14

Guided walking tour in Mantua with a friendly, English-speaking local guide. Food, art, nature and a welcoming atmosphere; that’s what makes Mantua one of the best cities to visit in Italy ... More info ›

Guided walking tour in Mantua with a friendly, English-speaking local guide. Food, art, nature and a welcoming atmosphere; that’s what makes Mantua one of the best cities to visit in Italy. Discover the Gonzaga family's incredible legacy, where Shakespeare’s Romeo was banished, Verdi’s Rigoletto was set and Opera was born. Discover an amazing Unesco World Heritage Site and the reason why the greatest Italian Renaissance writer, Torquato Tasso, wrote “...Mantua is a magnificent town, worth a thousand mile travel to see it...”

Mantua is a little breathtaking gem; little known or barely remembered before, loved afterwards. The beauty of Mantua, however, is not only in its magnificent buildings but also in the beautiful squares and the charming alleys, lined with arcades and pretty houses. Mantua is small but spectacular and surrounded by beautiful natural environment where art, nature, cultural heritage, great food and overall good living aim for making life sweeter.
Start your city centre visit in Piazza Sordello. Close to Piazza Sordello is Piazza Broletto, where the magnificent Palazzo del Podestà stands between the Arengario Arch and the civic tower, almost all buildings around the square were built in 13th century when Mantua was a commune, a free city.

Continue the tour and visit Piazza Erbe in the heart of Mantua. Here Matilde of Canossa, according to the legend, ordered the building of the 11th century Romanesque church of San Lorenzo. On three sides the square is lined with porticoes and shops and dominated by the imposing Basilica of Sant’Andrea and the Palazzo della Ragione. One of the most important monuments in Mantua is the great Basilica of Sant’Andrea designed by Leon Battista Alberti in 1472. The first chapel to the left is the funeral chapel where Mantegna was buried when he died in 1506.

The tour ends in Piazza delle Erbe close to Saint Andrew's Basilica.

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