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"City Full Of Art, Churches, Palazzos, and Lakes" Top 5 Page for this destination Mantova by deecat

Mantova Travel Guide: 190 reviews and 612 photos

Mantova? Mantua? It's Both!

When I taught "Romeo and Juliet", I recall that Shakespeare refers to Romeo being banished to "Mantua", and in the city itself, and all the pamphlets here in Italy refer to it in English as "Mantua", but on the Maps and in several books and on this site, it is called "Mantova".

Both are correct.

Regardless, it is a fantastic city with something for everyone...three lakes: Lake Superior, Lake of Mezzo; Lake Inferior, Twelve or more churches: One Basilica, One Duomo, One Rotonda, Seven Palazzos: two most important ones are PalazzoTe and Ducal Palace, several parks: the largest with the Monument to Virgil as its centerpiece, and wonderful piazzas: Piazza Sordello, Piazza Erbe, Piazza Mantegna, and Piazza Marconi%c* being the most famous.

Mantova (Mantua) is an ancient city with wonderful architecture, fine shops, and interesting sites.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Architecture, art, Palaces, Churches, Parks, Lakes
  • Cons:Graffiti mars many of the priceless monuments!
  • In a nutshell:A charming cultural, historical city
  • Last visit to Mantova: Oct 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Very informative tips as always! Mantova/Mantua is a town I have been meaning to visit, not only because Verdi set an opera there (Rigoletto), but also because two centuries earlier the composer Monteverdi actually lived and worked there.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Nice page. I have to re visit Mantova one day. Ciao!

  • jillzi's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    Local food tip was so informative. Simp0ly wonderful stuff. The Customs tips were terrific. This is the historic and cultural kinds of places I love.

  • Jul 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

    Unique spot, and it is another of your wonderful Italian cities. Your culture and food tip is excellent. What an historic place. This looks like a very interesting place to visit. Like the restaurant and hotel tips as well as that gross fountain.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Hello, Dee! Your great tips should be printed immediately and soon become nice bestsellers.... ><><>< Thanks a lot, my friend! ><><><

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2009 at 12:11 AM

    Who needs to buy a travel guide when you've got deecat! What a hard act to follow. To go or not to go, that is the question.

  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Jul 6, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Dee thankyou for sharing your insight of this interesting city. History & Architecture are my favourite things- and I loved reading about Mantova.Palazzo Te sounds fascinating. Good pics.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Recently saw a great production of Rigoletto - now I want to try the Palle there! Lovely page here , ful of Mantuan delights. leyle

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Yes, when hearing the name of Mantua I remember first of all Romeo and Juliet. Palazzo Te and the Ducal Palace are very attractive to visit. Thanks Dee for the virtual tour, hope I'll see Mantova one day...

  • Ekaterinburg's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Yes Mantua certinly conjures up images of Romeo and Juliet. I didn't expect Virgil though. Very comprehensive acount of the town :))


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