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Mantova Things to Do

  • Palazzo Ducale, Mantova

    Palazzo Ducale

    I would say Palazzo Ducale is the main attraction in Mantova. The building is huge and actually consist in several different parts built in different time. It is open to visit Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15 to 19.15, closed Monday, 1st January and 25th December. Tickets cost 6.5 euros each. They strongly recommend to book in advance, so i did, but i...

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  • Basilica di Sant'Andrea, Mantova

    Basilica di Sant'Andrea

    See the glimpse of the majestic interior pf the Basilica di Sant'Andrea. This great monumental interior, in Latin-cross plan, have a nave and square side chapels alternating with smaller chapels covered by cupolas. The idea of a single hall with side chapels is typical of Alberti and was later frequently adopted in 16th and 17th century...

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  • Duomo di San Pietro, Mantova

    Duomo di San Pietro

    San Pietro is the main church of Mantova, it had an amazing neoclassical facade, white and adorned with statues, and the Gothic side is just as interesting with its spiky bricks ornaments. The contrast is actually amazing. The inside is also interesting, with a marble floor and several chapels. They also have a great organ, the player was...

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  • Torre dell'Orologio, Mantova

    Torre dell'Orologio

    Erected in 1473. Its huge clock was created by the mathematician Bartolomeo Manfredi and originally indicated not only the time but also the months and astronomic positions. Below the clock there's the statue of the 'Madonna Immacolata' (Virgin Mary) dating back to the seventeenth century.

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  • Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantova

    Rotonda di San Lorenzo

    This marvellous church is one of the oldest of the city. Built in the 11th century it was partially demolished when included in the Jewish Ghetto. It was finally restored in 1908 following the example of the romanic temple of San Tomè, just near Bergamo.

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  • St George's Castle, Mantova

    St George's Castle

    Bartolino of Novara built St George's Castle in the late 14th century for the Gonzaga family. It was the linchpin of the city's defenses. Originally, it was surrounded by a moat, now filled in. The interior is noted for its frescoes.

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Mantova Hotels

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  • Albergo San Lorenzo

    Albergo San Lorenzo

    We really enjoyed our stay at the San Lorenzo. Our room on the top floor had a nice balcony,...

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  • Residenza La Villa

    Residenza La Villa

    Strada Ghisiolo 6, Mantova, 46100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Casa Poli

    Hotel Casa Poli

    Corso Garibaldi 32, Mantova, Lombardy, 46100, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Mantova Restaurants

  • Osteria della Fragoletta, Mantova

    Osteria della Fragoletta

    Every guide, every review collection I checked before going to Mantova pointed me to this restaurant describing it as one of the best in town. We went on a Saturday lunch, arrived early and got one of the last table. The atmosphere was warm, the waiters are friendly, efficient and professional and, if you will, they will guide you through their...

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  • Ristorante Al Quadrato, Mantova

    Ristorante Al Quadrato

    A friend recommended me this place for pizza. We went there for lunch and took a look around to see what was in other's plates... yes, good pizza BUT also great looking fish! We went through the menu and quickly realized this was a good find. It was that kind of restaurant you find often around Italy, the owner and all the people working are from...

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  • Antica Osteria Broletto, Mantova

    Antica Osteria Broletto

    The host at our hotel suggested this local Osteria and drew a map for us to find it. It is in a location that a tourist would never find on his/her own. Antica Osteria Broletto is a family owned and run Osteria and quite popular with the locals. We were the only tourist. They did not speak English. Allan ordered Pork with potatoes, salad and...

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  • Osteria Pizzeria delle Erbe, Mantova

    Osteria Pizzeria delle Erbe

    The city of Modena is well known for its fine cuisine, which belongs among the best in Italy. Osteria delle Erbe is a good example where you can have a typical dish from Southern Lombardy. Unfortunatelly, I wasn't very hungry because of the hot day, so I ordered pizza Quattro staggioni, which was very good and a beer. The price I payed was...

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  • Osteria Unicorno, Mantova

    Osteria Unicorno

    This is one of those places you would never find unless somebody point you at it... It is in a small street in a area of Mantova where there is no tourist attraction, yet it SHOULD BE a tourist attraction itself!! Our residence gave us a coupon for a free appetizer in this place so we decided to try it out for dinner as it was very close to our...

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  • Taverna del Duca, Mantova

    Taverna del Duca

    Zohara, Chiara, Alex and I arrived in Mantua, hungry.... We were attracted to Taverna del Duca on the main square which advertizes on a very large sign outside the restaurant "complete meal 14 Euro". Drawn in and after Chiara questioned the owner, we were convinced that we had found the ideal place to sample and enjoy some local food for a decent...

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Mantova Nightlife

  • NIGHTLIFE under the STARS

    by martina.liberati Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Unfortunately, Manotva is not one of most active cities during the night... Young people prefer to go to the Lake of Garda but for those who wish to stay I'd suggest you to visit the following website:
    http://www.mantovanight.com/
    ENJOY!

    Dress Code: Usually no dress code is required especially in pubs/ bars

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Mantova Transportation

  • Parking, Mantova

    Parking

    As in many other old towns, driving iside ancient Mantova is almost impossible, there are no parking inside old city. So, you should use parking outside or near the wall. Then walk no more, than 5-10 min to the center.

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  • Walking, Mantova

    Walking

    ITALIANO Essendo una citt? piccola vi divertirete molto di pi? esplorandola a piedi con una cartina in mano (e magari anche un gelato!). Annuserete il profumo del pane che esce dai vari negozi alimentari e vi rilasserete! NEl caso in cui non vogliate rinunciare alla macchina, nel mio sito troverete interessanti informazioni a proposito dei...

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  • No bus needed here, Mantova

    No bus needed here

    Even though Mantova offers a bus pass like other larger cities, you do not need one. You can walk across the city in 20 minutes and their is little traffic. It is a walker's dream city.

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Mantova Shopping

  • Librogusteria Il Pensatoio, Mantova

    Librogusteria Il Pensatoio

    I heard about this place doing my research, it is a small but very nice and unusual shop. I would say it is perfect as it put together two of my passions, food and books! the entrance of the shop is a cheese and food specialty shop, you can find a lot of cheese, salami, spices, tea, oil and wine from the local area. It smelled wonderful and was...

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  • Farmer Market, Mantova

    Farmer Market

    Mantova farmer market take place in Piazza Erbe every Saturday. It is a small area so the stand are limited but they were offering lots of great local products! Fresh vegetables and fruit. Wine Oil bakery stuff honey local crafts Less than in a supermarket

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  • Farmer Market, Mantova

    Farmer Market

    Mantova farmer market take place in Piazza Erbe every Saturday.It is a small area so the stand are limited but they were offering lots of great local products! Fresh vegetables and fruit.WineOilbakery stuffhoneylocal crafts Less than in a supermarket

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Mantova Local Customs

  • Historical Mail Boxes, Mantova

    Historical Mail Boxes

    The mail boxes outside the main Post office in Piazza Martiri di Belfiore captured my attention. They are the old kind, when the envelopes were sorted manually so they had specific holes for several destinations. The ones here are for: - letters and postcards in town - correspondence in town - correspondence in the province - business card and...

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  • Post Office historical mail boxes, Mantova

    Post Office historical mail boxes

    The mail boxes outside the main Post office in Piazza Martiri di Belfiore captured my attention.They are the old kind, when the envelopes were sorted manually so they had specific holes for several destinations. The ones here are for:- letters and postcards in town- correspondence in town- correspondence in the province - business card and...

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  • Funny sign, Mantova

    Funny sign

    This is not necessary a tip, actually it is more like a funny curiosity!I was strolling around and I noticed this colorful shop selling.... man beachwear... awfully expensive man's beachwear!!!But, after I recover from having seen the price's tags what gave me a good laugh was the sign hang on the door.... instead of the common "Torno subito" (back...

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Mantova Tourist Traps

  • Tourist information OFFICE - Bad, Mantova

    Tourist information OFFICE - Bad

    The office of Tourist information in Mantova (Informazione ed Accoglienza Turistica piazza Mantegna, 6) is located in unreachable area for car. Also, unfriendly staff doesn't provide real help to find accommodation in the city, unlike Tourist information in other cities in Italy. You cat request the booklet with all appartments and hotels, but you...

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  • Be careful when buying local products, Mantova

    Be careful when buying local products

    Just a quick word to remind you all that sometimes when you visit a beautiful city such as Mantua which has a strong and old culinary tradition you might be curious to try some of its special dishes. I would suggest you to buy DOC or DOP products so that you have the guarantee that what you are buying and eating/drinking is worth it!

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  • Mantova Hotels

    33 Hotels in Mantova

Mantova What to Pack

  • Mosquito repellent: your best friend

    by martina.liberati Written Mar 17, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: CAPPELLO & OCCHIALI DA SOLE (estate)
    SCIARPA & GUANTI (inverno)

    HAT & SUNGLASSES (summer)
    GLOVES & SCARF (winter)

    Photo Equipment: Non ? possibile scattare foto all'interno di musei e dimore storiche

    Remeber that it is not allowed to take picture inside the majority of the historic palaces/museums

    Miscellaneous: ITALIANO
    D'estate l'afa opprimente e l'assenza di vento possono rendere la vostra gita un tormento...portate un ventaglio!
    Non dimenticate che la citt?, essendo circondata da laghi ? abitata da fameliche zanzare: portate un repellente e evitate profumi troppo forti (di sera)
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    As the summer is really hot and without wind you'd better bring a FAN.
    ...don't forget a mosquito repellent (a powerful one) because, being surrendered by 3 lakes make us not the only inhabitant of the city!!! Mosquitos are always hungry :(
    Try to avoid strong parfumes in the evening

    Mantova: Castello di San Giorgio sotto la Neve
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Mantova Off The Beaten Path

  • Visit the Fireman museum, Mantova

    Visit the Fireman museum

    This off the beaten path museum really made my trip! We just came out from Osteria la Fragoletta after a huge lunch and quite a bit of wine an we though that the fire department museum was appropriate for the moment!! We went inside without big expectations and we were left astonished!The building was a Gonzaga horse stable and has been restored...

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  • Ex chiesa Santa Maria della Vittoria, Mantova

    Ex chiesa Santa Maria della Vittoria

    This little building was a real find! we saw there was a free exhibit of some sort going on, as all the museums are so expensive nowadays why pass on something free?So we went in and discovered a small gem. The church was built on a Mantegna project and built by some of his scholars, his are the frescoes on the wall and it is a real pity the whole...

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  • Memorial to the Admirable Crichton in..., Mantova

    Memorial to the Admirable Crichton in...

    Some British people may know that the Scottish writer, J M Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan, also wrote a play called 'The Admirable Crichton', first produced in 1902. Crichton is the butler to an English aristocratic family. The play humourously dissects Edwardian social mores and the class system. Many more Brits will be familiar with the 1957 film...

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Mantova Favorites

  • Mantua canals, another Venice of Italy, Mantova

    Mantua canals, another Venice of Italy

    Mantua (or Mantova) is built at the bend in a river and like many places around the globe they took advantage to bring the water into their city. Here, like in Venice they have canals and if you have the time use it to just "wander".

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  • Saint Peters Cathedral of Mantua, Mantova

    Saint Peters Cathedral of Mantua

    While we did not have time in our whirlwind tour of Mantua to enter the Cathedral, thought I would enter it for the information so the next traveler could make it inside.Some information at wikipedia,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantua_Cathedralwe will have to visit it when we return to our friends Chiara and Alex.

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  • Basilica of Saint Andrea, Mantova

    Basilica of Saint Andrea

    Once again used the wikipedia for information here in Mantua, the link is here,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basilica_of_Sant%27Andrea,_Mantuathat is if you would like more history and photos.What struck us was the beauty of the entrance arch with the inset square depressions which made a very striking ceiling.

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