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Mantua: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour
107 USD
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Step into the charming city of Mantua, where the ancient streets whisper tales of the past. On this 2-hour guided stroll, uncover the rich history of the city that inspired the famous Italian poet Virgil and sparked the creativity of the renowned composer Verdi for his iconic opera "Rigoletto". Wander through the picturesque streets and discover architectural gems, including the legendary Casa di Rigoletto, as well as majestic medieval palaces and elegant Renaissance-style public squares.
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Unveil the enchanting city of Mantua, a place where ancient legends come alive. Join a 2-hour guided stroll through the charming streets of this medieval town, where Virgil, the renowned poet, was born, and Shakespeare's Romeo Montague sought refuge. Mantua's picturesque landscape is surrounded by three tranquil lakes, with the River Mincio and the medieval canal of the "Rio" flowing gently through it. As you wander through the town, discover how the harmony of water and earth has shaped the character of this ancient city, unfolding in hidden public squares and lesser-known churches. Your journey begins at Casa di Rigoletto, the very residence of the iconic fool in Verdi's iconic opera, once the prized possession of the wealthy Gonzaga family. Next, venture to the majestic Castle of St. George and the stunning Ducal Palace of Palazzo Ducale di Mantova. Marvel at the iconic public spaces, including Piazza Castello, Piazza Santa Barbara, and Piazza Lega Lombarda, each one a testament to the city's rich heritage. Be enchanted by the grand façade of the Ducal Palace on Piazza Sordello, before making your way to Mantua Cathedral, a stunning tribute to Saint Peter. Admire the adjacent Palazzo Bonacolsi, then stroll to Piazza Broletto, where the medieval palaces of Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del Massaro, and Arengario await. As you continue your stroll, find yourself in Piazza dell'Erbe, surrounded by the iconic Astronomical Clock Tower and the picturesque palaces of Palazzo Cervetta and Palazzo della Ragione. Next, uncover the treasures of the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, Mantua's oldest religious structure, and marvel at the imposing dome and Renaissance façade of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea. Your journey concludes at Piazza Leon Battista Alberti, where the former cloister of Sant'Andrea Monastery awaits. Upon request, delve into the splendor of the Bibiena Theater, where the young Mozart once performed, and be amazed by the extraordinary auditorium designed in the late Baroque or early Rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena.