Mantua Tourism

Mantua (Italian: Mantova [ˈmantova] ; Emilian and Latin: Mantua) is a city and commune in Lombardy, Italy, and capital of the province of the same name. In 2016, Mantua became Italian Capital of Culture, as chosen by the Italian Government on 27 October 2015. (The official opening ceremony was held on 9 April 2016). In 2017, Mantua will also be European Capital of Gastronomy, included in the Eastern Lombardy District (together with the cities of Bergamo, Brescia and Cremona). In 2007, Mantua's centro storico (old town) and Sabbioneta were declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. Mantua's historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family has made it one of the main artistic, cultural, and especially musical hubs of Northern Italy and the country as a whole. Mantua is noted for its significant role in the history of opera; the city is also known for its architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces, and the medieval and Renaissance cityscape. It is the place where the composer Monteverdi premiered his opera L'Orfeo and where Romeo was banished in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. It is the nearest town to the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil, who was commemorated by a statue at the lakeside park "Piazza Virgiliana". Mantua is surrounded on three sides by artificial lakes, created during the 12th century, as the city's defence system. These lakes receive water from the Mincio River, a tributary of the Po River which descends from Lake Garda. The three lakes are called Lago Superiore, Lago di Mezzo, and Lago Inferiore ("Upper", "Middle", and "Lower" Lakes, respectively). A fourth lake, Lake Pajolo, which once served as a defensive water ring around the city, dried up at the end of the 18th century. The area and its environs are important not only in naturalistic terms, but also anthropologically and historically; research has highlighted a number of human settlements scattered between Barche di Solferino and Bande di Cavriana, Castellaro and Isolone del Mincio. These dated, without interruption, from Neolithic times (5th–4th millennium BC) to the Bronze Age (2nd–1st millennium BC) and the Gallic phases (2nd–1st centuries BC), and ended with Roman residential settlements, which could be traced to the 3rd century AD.

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The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Mantua

  • Save 4% Verona: a must go city
    Verona: a must go cityNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    The beauty of Verona is In its urban structure and its architecture, the city is an outstanding example of a town that has de...

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  • Save 7% Mantua private walking tour with a local guide
    Mantua private walking tour with a local guideNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins

    Join this guided tour of downtown Mantua, a very fascinating and yet little-known town in the Lombardy region enlisted by UNE...

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  • Save 4% Half-day Guided tour of Mantua City Centre and Ducal Palace
    Half-day Guided tour of Mantua City Centre and Ducal Palace1 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Discover Mantua, Unesco World Heritage Site since 2008 and 2016 Italian capital of culture. Join this engaging 3-hours tour a...

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  • Save 4% Traditional Home Cooking Experience in Mantua
    Traditional Home Cooking Experience in MantuaNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Enter an authentic canteen in fascinating Mantua and experience this 3-hour hands on cooking class with a passionate local ch...

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  • Know the pollution level of Mantua before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Water Pollution 62.5 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 37.5 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 62.5 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Mantua for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Mantua.

    • Burglary and Theft 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.29 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 32.14 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 64.29 (High)
    • Car Stealing 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.29 (Low)
    • Attacks 25 (Low)
    • Drug offense 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 89.29 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 64.29 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety Index 58.82 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 86.66 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 58.62 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 18 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 75 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Mantua

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.61 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 29.41 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 90.48 USD

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