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Mantua: Self-Guided Audio Tour to the City of Lakes
Uncover the secrets of a majestic UNESCO site as you stroll through majestic palaces and charming piazzas at your own pace. This self-guided audio adventure brings the rich history of Mantua to life, with the convenience of GPS-activated narration guiding you every step of the way.
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Discover the hidden gem of Mantua, a city of captivating beauty nestled in the heart of Italy's Po Valley. On this enchanting walking tour, I'll be your guide through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, exploring the charming streets and picturesque piazzas that have inspired some of the world's greatest creatives, including the renowned poet Virgil. Our adventure begins at the majestic Castle of San Giorgio, where I'll regale you with tales of the three lakes that encircle the city, said to be born from the prophetic tears of Manto. You'll be amazed to learn that these lakes were, in fact, the ingenious creation of engineers over eight centuries ago. As we wander through the historic center, we'll stop at Piazza delle Erbe, where you'll uncover the rich legacy of the powerful medieval Canossa family, including the oldest church in the city, Rotonda di San Lorenzo. As we stroll past the stunning Gothic-style medieval buildings, you'll be transported through the centuries, hearing stories of the city's influential rulers, including the Bonacolsi and Gonzaga families, who were among the oldest dynasties in Europe. We'll visit the iconic Campanile di San Domenico, once a hub for the Inquisition, and marvel at the grand palatial homes, such as Palazzo del Capitano, Palazzo della Ragione, and the majestic Ducal Palace. Finally, we'll delve into the historic Jewish Ghetto, where you'll discover La Casa del Rabbino, once the residence of the community's revered rabbis. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to: • Uncover the fascinating legacy of Matilda Canossa, who ruled over Tuscany and commissioned the Rotonda di San Lorenzo • Visit Rigoletto's House, the building that inspired Giuseppe Verdi's iconic opera Rigoletto • Learn about the famous Camera degli Sposi, a breathtaking fresco by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna • Admire the stunning architecture of Basilica di Sant Andrea, Cattedrale di San Pietro, and the charming Church of Santa Barbara • Indulge in local specialties like Risotto alla Mantovana, pumpkin tortelli, pumpkin gnocchi, and savory Mantua Salame • Explore the rich history of Mantua's Jewish community, which once boasted six synagogues Join me on this captivating journey through Mantua's ancient, medieval, and Renaissance eras, and savor the flavors of Italy's culinary excellence.