Surrounded by the three lakes, reshaped during history as defensive bulwarks, Mantua rises almost magically from those waters.
20 participants maximum
Service with guide
The relationship between Mantova and water is a very close one: the river Mincio, the lakes and the mediaeval canal called "Rio" are part of the Mantuan traditions and of the local culture. The hydraulic settlement of the city, designed in 1190 by Alberto Pitentino, provided four lakes: the fourth was dried up in the second half of the 18th century. With this walking tour in the city centre and a short cruise on Mantua’s lakes you will discover how water and earth are unexpectedly interwoven. Discover this truly beautiful town and its stories during a 2 hours guided walk: you will see beautiful buildings, squares and churches and you will learn stories that only real locals know.
Tour Highlights: CITY CENTRE
Rigoletto’s House; San Giorgio Castle (exterior) Piazza Castello Piazza Santa Barbara; Piazza Sordello with the façade of Palazzo ducale (Duke’s Palace); façade of the Cathedral, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe with San Lorenzo Church, façade of the Merchant’s House, Piazza Mantegna with the Basilica of Sant’Andrea, Piazza Leon Battista Alberti former cloister of the Sant’Andrea monastery.
Churches close at noon and re-open at 3 pm. During services it’s forbidden to visit churches.
CRUISE ON THE LAKES
1h30 cruise tour on the lakes of Mantua. Cruise must be absolutely reserved in order to know availability and sailing times
The tour includes:
2h00 City centre tour and support for the boat cruise (help with the tickets and arrange everything for the boat reservation. You will be accompanied to the docking up to the boat)