The UNESCO–listed city of Mantua boasts a colorful history dating back to the Middle Ages, with hidden secrets round every corner. On this walking tour, follow a guide through the Old Town to the city’s top attractions and architectural landmarks, and learn what makes Mantua so special. Wander from the Ducal Palace’s pretty courtyards to the medieval Piazza Broletto, and listen as your guide brings Mantua’s past to life.
Learn the legends and stories behind one of Italy’s most opulent Renaissance palaces—once home to the Gonzaga Lords— during this private walking tour. Choose between two guided visits for added flexibility: the National Museum of Palazzo Ducal, a masterpiece art collection housed over 500 ornate aristocratic chambers, or the Palazzo Te, a summer villa filled with sensual and illusionist frescoes. Or combine both for the ultimate in-depth experience.
Are you looking for a way to see Mantua without joining a tour group? Explore at your own pace with this affordable walking tour.
• See a wide range of architectural styles from the opulent residences of the ruling elite to the former Jewish ghetto on this stroll through the UNESCO recognised city centre
• Hear from tour producer Mike Conradi, the creator of the "A History of Italy" podcast
• Do it all in an hour or linger at stops along the way with complete control over when you start and finish
• Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it
• Use the virtual tour option at home
Once you’ve booked, you’ll receive a ticket with instructions and a unique code listed under “Before You Go”. Then simply install the VoiceMap app and enter your code.
The app displays directions to the starting point, and when you’re in the right place, just pop in your headphones and tap start. VoiceMap has automatic GPS playback, with turn-by-turn directions. It also works offline.
Discover Lake Garda and its nearby wine region without worrying about the logistics and transportation with this private day trip from Verona. Relax as your driver takes you first to Valpolicella for a wine tasting session in a winery. Continue to Lake Garda and enjoy some free time roaming around the waterfront town of Lazise. This private transportation can fit up to eight passengers.
Artistic hub in Mantua, that deserves to be suitably explained is Palazzo Te, a suburban villa devoted to the pleasures of leisure. Architect Giulio Romano, as the heir of his great master Raphael, is called from Rome to build and decorate this Renaissance villa between 1525 and 1535, inspired by ancient Roman villas.
Palazzo Te is an exemplary model of the Mannerist style as about architecture and an outstanding example of 16th century Italian painting. The name of the building derives from that of the place where it was built: the “island of Tejeto”, abbreviated as “Te”, where mantuan Lords held the ducal stables for the breeding of famous Gonzaga thoroughbred trained for battlefields and tournaments.
During this private tour the guide will accompany you to discover the splendid city of Mantua, one of the capitals of the Italian Renaissance.
The tour will take place through the historic center, between the gardens of the Ducal residence of the Gonzaga lords, the magnificent Palazzo Ducale and the cathedral that overlook the cobblestones of Piazza Sordello, up to the fabulous lake.
Make the most of your time in Mantua, and get to know its streets and monuments with a local guide. Bookable for your own personal group of up to ten people, the private walking tour puts the spotlight on the historic piazzas and landmarks on a carefully planned route; sights such as the Basilica of Sant’Andrea and the Casa Viani Tallarico are among the highlights.
The UNESCO–listed city of Mantua boasts an architectural and artistic legacy dating from the medieval era through the days of the Renaissance. On this tour, follow your guide on walk through the city and explore centuries of rich history and culture. Take in top attractions like the beautiful Sant'Andrea Basilica and visit the Ducal Palace (own expense)—home to some of Italy’s most impressive frescoes.
Mantua was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status for its Renaissance-era town planning and has unique architecture that’s not always apparent to independent travelers. On this small-group walking tour, explore the historic center with a guide who explains how a noble family designed much of the old city. See the Palazzo Ducale, San Giorgio Castle, Piazza delle Erbe, and more.
Discover what makes Mantua the magnificent gem of Lombardy on a 2-hour walking tour through the historic city center. Hear legends of the picturesque lakeside town, known as the birthplace of opera, the setting of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ and the place of banishment for Shakespeare’s star-crossed Romeo. Stroll through romantic piazzas and past medieval landmarks while learning about local culture from an insider guide.
Dive into Mantua like a local foodie. Explore your Cesarina's most trusted artisanal food shops, tasting as you go.
Visit a selection of small local shops, learn about the typical products of the city while tasting them.
A delicious way to discover Mantua and its gastronomy!
• Street food tasting tour
• Explore your Cesarina's most trusted artisanal food shops
• Sample some of Mantua typical street food staples
• Do some sightseeing in Mantua as you walk from tasting to tasting
• Small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people for an authentic food experience
Le Cesarine is Italy’s oldest network of home cooks all over the country in more than 120 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
Immerse yourself in a private dining experience at a local's home, enjoy an exclusive show cooking and taste authentic recipes from Mantua treasured in family cookbooks passed down by real Italian Mammas. Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.
Enjoy a 4-course menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish, dessert with drinks included (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee).
This experience is held by Cesarine: Italy’s oldest network of 1000+ home cooks all over the country in more than 500 cities. They are passionate and welcoming hosts that open the doors of their own homes to curious travellers for immersive culinary experiences.
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• 3-hour Segway tour lead by an expert local guide
• See top Mantova. From piazza Marconi to piazza Mantegna that, together with the adjacent piazza Erbe, forms the city centre where stands the Saint Andrew’s Basilica, celebrated work of the Renaissance art.
We get to the picturesque piazza Erbe with its medieval buildings; the Reason’s Palace and Saint Laurence’s Rotunda being the most outstanding ones.
We arrive in piazza Sordello to admire the Ducal Palace or Gonzaga Royal Palace and moreover the Cathedral and Bonacolsi Palace, and then we continue towards the lakes.
Our back course gets onto piazza Castello and provides even more surprises before heading back, along comfortable and safe paths, to the arrival at the Tea Palace.
• Hear tales of colorful history from a knowledgeable guide
• Enjoy a Segway sightseeing tour that’s suitable for all fitness levels
• Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience
To enjoy a truly local Cesarina culinary experience, travelers shouldn't bother navigating independently when there are passionate, local foodies ready to lead the way. Don't miss this delicious foodie excursion—including both a walking tour and cooking class—where you taste your way around Cesarina, and head into a local's home for a cooking workshop. Prepare three authentic regional dishes, dine with your host, and enjoy the meal, wine, and great company all included.
Immerse yourself in local culture as you prepare a traditional Italian meal under the guidance of a Cesarina—an Italian certified home cook. Meet your host at their home in Mantua, get hands-on in the kitchen as you make three regional dishes, and pick up tips and techniques to help you recreate them back home. Finally, join your host for a delicious lunch or dinner, accompanied by Italian wines.
The activity combines physical training, immersion in nature, discovery of the city of Mantua and relaxation. Parco del Mincio is a magical place that changes every season.
The B & BCasanonni is the starting point located where the Mincio opens into Lake Superior, creating a unique habitat that hosts a very rich biodiversity protected by the Ansa e Valli del Mincio Nature Reserve. In particular we will observe the ISLAND OF THE RED HERONS. The habitat that will be observed is unique starting from the approach and immersion of the lotus flowers, skirting the island of the purple herons or also called heronry, then approaching wooded shores. Focus of interest: description of the humid environment, lotus flower characteristics, other aquatic plant species of interest, close-up observation of a heronry of red herons with the possibility of seeing the nests built on the gray willow islands or on the reeds.
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Italy has a vast and varied culinary heritage, and our local hosts are proud to share its hidden secrets.
Share your passion for Italian gastronomy with other lovely guests, immerse yourself in the vibrant local market and enjoy an authentic hands-on cooking class.
You'll visit the local market with your Cesarina host, who will teach you all about how to select the best ingredients with the seasons. Then, you'll return to their home, warm up with an Italian Aperitivo and enjoy the class. You'll learn how to make one iconic Pasta type, typical of the city you are visiting, and the famous Tiramisu.
After the class, you will enjoy everything you've prepared with local wines.
This experience is the perfect choice if you want to encounter the real Italian regional gastronomy through genuine connections, food, and friendship.
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