Mantua St. George’s Castle And Ducal Palace Private Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Details :
    Piazza Sordello, 43, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Explore two of Mantuas highlights on a privately guided tour of St. Georges Castle and the Ducal Palace. Meet your personal guide and tour St Georges, built by the Gonzaga family in 1406.

Admire the towers and interiors, including the Bridal Chamber, with its frescoes by Andrea Mantegna. Then, visit the Ducal Palace, the Gonzagas royal residence, to take in its history and fresco-painted rooms. Please remember that St. Georges Castle admission at your own expense.

Highlights

Choice of several departures throughout the day

Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

Led by a local guide

Know More about this tour

The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscan times, when Mantus was a god of Hades. Here was born the great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-10 B.C.). Visiting Mantua and walking along the heart of old town is like stepping back in time.

During this 2.5-hour walking tour, your expert, local guide will take you to discover two of the most important buildings of Mantua: St. George's Castle and The Ducal Palace.

St. George's Castle is the first historical building that welcomes visitors as they enter the town of Mantua. Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, the castle was originally meant for the defense of the city. Then, it became a residence of the family. After a renovation required by Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga in 1459, the castle lost its original defensive role and became one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance when Andrea Mantegna painted the famous Camera degli Sposi (The Bridal Chamber).

After the visit of the castle, you'll walk to the most representative square of Mantua, Piazza Sordello. This is where you start your visit of the interior of The Ducal Palace. The palace represents the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises, and, finally, the dukes of the city. It was called Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) under the domination of Maria Teresa of Austria. Interestingly, the palace was built in different times starting from the 13th Century, first by the Bonacolsi's and then by the Gonzaga's. Many different parts, buildings, courts, and gardens compose the palace, which you will have the chance to get to know and admire through this guided walking tour.

Get ready to experience Mantua in a way you wouldn't expect.

One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera!

Inclusions

Local guide

Entrance tickets to Saint George's Castle and Ducal Palace

Exclusions

Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Stroller accessible

Wheelchair accessible

The tour will take place even when it's raining. In the event of exceptionally heavy rain, the tour may be canceled and you will be given a full refund

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Oct-2021

    Mantua es magnífica, preciosa, sorprendente, una auténtica joya Visite obligada!! Espectacular el palacio ducal y el entorno Me encantó ver la “camera picta”