Walking tour in the city centre of Mantua where the Latin poet Virgil was born, Romeo heard about Julliet’s death and bought the poison and Verdi set his famous opera ’Rigoletto’.
20 participants maximum
This tour is dedicated to those who do not have much time for visiting the whole city and its palaces but they want to have an idea of this city and its importance in arts and culture.
The visit starts from the castle of Saint George, in the upper part of the city, where it is possible to admire the lakes which surround Mantua.
Waking down the city you first meet Rigoletto’s House and the Dukes’ Palace, a complex of 513 rooms, a castle, a private church, theatres and inner courtyards.
The first city square is Piazza Sordello, built by the Etruscan, and transformed later on by the family Gonzaga, the rulers of Mantua for 400 years, into a private square. On this square still stands the old Cathedral of Saint Peter and the Bishop’s house.
Leaving the old square you can reach the medieval squares of Piazza Broletto and Piazza delle Erbe, build in 1170. These squares are enclosed by beautiful medieval arcades and palaces. At the end of Piazza delle Erbe stands the Romanesque church of Saint Lawrence with a particular round shape. The tiny Piazza Mantegna is overtowered by the huge facade of Saint Andrew’s church, built in 1472 by Leon Battista Alberti, one of the most important Architect in Renaissance time.
The visit ends in Piazza Alberti where it is possible to see the rests of the former monastery of Saint Andrew’s church.
ONLY ON REQUEST it is possible to visit the theatre Bibiena where Mozart played when he was 13 years old and his father wrote that it was the most beautiful theatre he had never seen
The tour includes:
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In Mantua no fees are required with exeption of the Theatre Bibiena where tickets costs € 2,00/each
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Tour meeting point
Castello di San Giorgio, Piazza Sordello, 40, 46100 Mantova MN, Italia