Our visit lasted precisely the time for which it had been planned, but our kind guide didn't hesitate to stay several minutes longer with us to give us recommendations on additional things to see and places to visit. The guide was terrific, and very prepared, and was able to help us discover this city but also to explain its complex history. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
Henry L., Scotland
See Mantua with private art English-speaking art and city history expert
Discover the Gonzaga family's incredible artistic and cultural legacy
Visit architectural and artistic masterpieces in the city's historic center
Taste the city's gourmet specialties in a charming local restaurant
Your Best of Mantua Walking Tour will lead you through this mysterious, intriguing city bordered by water on three separate sides. The illustrious poet Virgil was born here in 70 BC, during the city's time as part of the Roman empire. However, Mantua was transformed into a thriving cultural center only under the eccentric Gonzaga dukes. The 400 years they ruled Mantua, beginning from the 1300s, shaped the city and left a legacy of magnificent architecture. The Gonzaga's patronage of the arts attracted influential artists from Alberti to Mantegna, from Segrebondi to Donatello.
Your engaging private English-speaking guide will help you understand the very essence of this northern Italian city, where Shakespeare sent Romeo to hide during his literary exile. The half-day Mantua walking tour is filled with sightseeing of Mantua's monumental palaces and castles, such as the Palazzo Ducale, a complex of impressive buildings boasting 500 rooms! Your guided walking visit will also include a stop at the Palazzo Te, built on a small island and considered the greatest work of Raphael's acolyte, Giulio Romano. Your private English-speaking guide is specialized in local art history, and will lead you on visits to regal piazzas and dazzling churches built and expanded by the Gonzagas.
No visit could be complete without experiencing first-hand the local gourmet specialites, such as Mantua's mostarda, a fruit chutney, and fresh tortelli di zucca, savory pumpkin-filled pasta. As your Best of Mantua Walking Tour winds down, your private guide can suggest where to enjoy a relaxing lunch in a charming trattoria specializing in traditional recipes.
Visit to Mantua with private, friendly, English-speaking local guide specialized in local art history (approx. 3 hours).
Sightseeing of top historic and cultural sites in Mantua where you will view important, beautiful works of art and architecture.
Tour of the Palazzo Ducale or City Museums (entrance fees not included).
22% VAT taxes.
Suggestions for lunch in a local restaurant.
SPECIAL NOTE: Meeting point will be in a central location in Mantua. Directions will be sent with your confirmation voucher.