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About Mantua

Also known as Mantua, this city is the location of fabled Romeo's banishment in Shakespeare's play. Surrounded by three lakes and having three town squares, Mantua is known for elaborate architecture and medieval charm. The beauty of the city has inspired artists, authors and poets over the centuries.

Mantua Weather: Summer weather temperatures average 29 degrees C, or 85 degrees F. December is the coldest month during the winter with temperatures dipping as low as -4 degrees C, or 25 degrees F.

Regional Cuisine of Mantua: Breads, cheeses, mushrooms, peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, tomatoes, beef, fish, mutton

Regional Wine of Mantua: Casteggio, Franciacorta, Oltrepo Pavese Metodo Classico, Sforzato di Valtellina, Valtellina Superiore, Trebbiano

Things to do in Mantua: Castle of St. George, Te Palace, Ducale Palace, Basilica of Sant'Andrea, the Cathedral of Saint Peter, the Bibiena Theater, Vescovile Palace, Gabbia Tower, Podestà Palace and Valenti Gonzaga Palace

Where is Mantua? The city lies in the Lombardy region, northern Italy.

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Where should visitors begin exploring the historic city of Mantua?

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Where should visitors begin exploring the historic city of Mantua?

Start by touring the historic center of the city. Make sure to stop in at the Basilica di Sant'Andrea, which boasts exquisite architectural features inside and out. Explore the churches in both squares and take note of the frescoes, paintings and sculptures representing artisans throughout history.

The Te Palace contains the civic museum, which houses collections of artwork and frescoes that date back hundreds of years. Make time to take in all that the Ducal Palace has to offer. Practically a city in itself, the palace has 500 rooms, three plazas, 15 courtyards and an extensive park.

Insider Tip: The Camera degli Sposi in one of the towers is considered one of the most spectacular regions of the fortress.

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Te Palace

Also known as the Tea Palace, the estate was once the home of Frederick II. Today, the facility houses the Civic Museum, which contains a large collection of artworks created during medieval times. Some of the pieces originated in ancient Mesopotamia. Much of the art depicts mythology and displays the gods interacting with man and amongst themselves.

Address: Viale Te 13, 46100 Mantua
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Why I love Mantua

Mantua, also referred to as La Bella Addormentata, the sleeping beauty, deserves one’s absolute attention. I gladly obliged.

I explored this place on a scooter at a comfortable pace to absorb the beautiful landscapes, untouched by time or tide.

My first stop was the Ducale Palace Museum. While many of its staggering 500 rooms were closed, there was plenty on offer. An exquisite 16th-century ceiling fresco painted by Lorenzo Costa as well as Pisanello's frescoes bowled me over. I particularly enjoyed walking through the glittering mirror gallery.

At the suggestion of a local, I stopped at Cathedral of San Pietro before going out to the other side of the city. The interior, with its square patterned ceiling and display of exquisite artwork by renaissance and mannerist painters like Antonio Maria Viani and Domenico Riccio, made for a spectacular sight.

My next destination was the Te Palace, which I discovered was even more beautiful than the Ducale Palace. The Mantegna frescoes were splendid. One of my favourite rooms was that of Psyche and Cupid which had mirrors on the floor, creating splendid visual effects.

About the author

Samriddhi loves to travel. Italy, in particular, is one of her favourite holiday spots with its history, picturesque scenery, architecture and beautiful people.

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What is the best way of navigating around the city of Mantua?

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What is the best way of navigating around the city of Mantua?

The city is small enough that exploring Mantua on foot is not difficult; the Te Palace is the only major attraction outside of the medieval city walls.

If you're an active traveler, cycling between attractions is another option. The community is bike friendly and features a number of paths meandering about the city. There are also a number of designated trails that are perfect for family outings. The Mantua Lake Trail, for example, covers 23.5 kilometers of flat terrain. The Mantova-Peschiera Bike Path is another easy path that meanders along the scenic River Mincio.

Visitors might also indulge in renting paddle boats or embarking on boat tours that explore the lakes and city periphery.

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Museum of the Fire Brigade

This unique museum is the only one of its kind in the country as it recounts the history of the National Fire Corps from the 18th century to the modern day. It is popular with visitors of all ages, and features real equipment, vehicles and documentation that provide a comprehensive story of the Italian fire brigade.

Address: Largo Vigili del Fuoco 1, 46100 Mantova
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Rotonda Di San Lorenzo Church

Constructed in the late 11th century, the church is the oldest in the city. Dedicated to St. Lawrence, the overall design was influenced by the Holy Sepulchre. Interior columns were crafted from marble, and the impressive frescoes were created by Byzantine artisans. This small ancient building is a gem of an artwork.

Address: Piazza Erbe 11-17, 46100 Mantua
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Travel Tips

Things worth remembering in Mantua

Fun Fact: Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto was recorded in Mantua in the actual places and hours specified in the libretto and broadcast live around the world in September 2010.

Local Dish: Tortelli di zucca, ravioli with pumpkin stuffing, is a very popular dish in Mantua.

Day Trip: Take a trip to nearby Verona and visit Juliet's balcony, the inspiration behind Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet".

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Ducal Palace of Mantua

The estate consists of a variety of 14th to 17th century buildings, such as the Palazzo del Capitano, as well as courtyards and landscaped gardens. The site also includes Castle of St. George and Magna Domus. Covering an area of approximately 34,000 square meters, the Ducal Palace is most famous for the Mantegna frescoes in the stunning Camera degli Sposi.

Address: Piazza Sordello 40, 46100 Mantua
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Palabam Convention Center

The modern, modular building encompasses 12,000 square meters of space, and it regularly hosts events such as concerts, exhibitions and live performances. Concerts offered at the facility cover a wide range of genres within the musical spectrum. Past performances have included the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the AfterHours rock band, James Blunt, Luca Carboni and Noemi.

Address: Via Melchiorre Gioia 3, 46100 Mantua
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Teatro Bibiena

Also known as the Teatro Scientifico di Mantova, this small yet spectacular building was finished in 1769.The interior desing recall the shape of a bell, surrounded by four tiers of boxes. Crystal chandeliers drape down from overhead. Shortly after opening, the theater hosted a concert given by a then 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Today, the Bibiena Theater regularly presents a variety of musical concerts and live performances.

Address: Via Accademia, 47, 46100 Mantua
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