Mantua

Palazzo della Ragione

Mantua (Italian: Mantova) is a world heritage listed city in Lombardy, Italy not far from Emilia-Romagna and Veneto. Because of the power and influence of Gonzaga's family, which used to own the city for over 400 years, Mantua was considered one of the most important cultural cities in the Renaissance and it still maintains a lot of the buildings that made it famous during that period. It was also the city where the composer Claudio Monteverdi premiered his opera L'Orfeo (1607), the earliest opera that is still regularly performed today.

Mantua was named "Capital of the Italian culture 2016".

Get in

By plane

The nearest airport to Mantua is Valerio Catullo Airport located near Verona, on the Brennero's Highway, just 25 minutes away from the city. Other options are Guglielmo Marconi Airport, near Bologna, 1 hour far, and Orio al serio Airport, near Bergamo, reachable in less than 1 hour and half via Highway.
The airport in Verona served by some low-cost airline such as WizzAir (to Bucharest), EasyJet (to London-Gatwich, Paris-Charles de Gaulle) and VoloTea (to Bari, Palermo). Other big carriers such as Alitalia and Lufthansa serve this airport daily.
Airports in Bologna and Bergamo are served by the low-cost carrier Ryanair.

By train

The railway line Verona-Modena pass through this station. It is also the end of the line of the trains from Monselice and Cremona. Train service for Milan is available everyday, every two hours and it costs €10,75. For Verona the frequency is every 40 minutes and the price is €3,15. Via Verona you can easily reach cities like Venice, Brescia, Trento, Bolzano and via Modena you can reach Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna up to all southern cities. If you have to reach Bologna quickly, so you don't want to use the railway line Verona-Modena and change the train, a good idea would be catch the train on the Verona-Bologna line using the Nogara station, only 20 minutes car away from the city center of Mantua.

By bus

Main bus station is located just outside the Train station. APAM S.p.a. offers many busses that connect the whole province with the city. Brescia, Sirmione, Peschiera, Mirandola are also cities served by this company. To know timetables and fares the easiest way is to use Google Maps which, thanks to a collaboration between Apam and Google, it's very accurate in timetables and routes.

See

The court of Ludovico III Gonzaga, Andrea Mantegna, Camera degli Sposi, St. George castle, 1465-1474
The fall of the Giants, Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo Te
Sordello square by night

Do

Eat

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Hotel Casa Poli, Corso Garibaldi 32,  +39 0376-288170, fax: +39 0376-362766, e-mail: . Elegant atmosphere, minimalist design and quality services. Expensive.

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Teatro all'Antica, Sabbioneta
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