Half-day Guided tour of Mantua City Centre and Ducal Palace

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Mantua, IT
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Mantua, IT
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Discover the exceptional character of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 2016 Italian capital of culture, with this captivating 3-hour guided tour. Explore the city center and the magnificent Ducal Palace, one of Italy's greatest treasures, accompanied by a professional private local guide. From the stunning frescoes in the Camera degli Sposi to the architectural and painted elements throughout the palace, you'll be immersed in the rich history and beauty of Mantua. Visit the impressive Castello San Giorgio and be amazed by the breathtaking frescoes of Andrea Mantegna. Explore the historic squares of Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, and Piazza delle Erbe, each offering their own unique charm and attractions. Don't miss the Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova, a masterpiece of 15th-century Renaissance architecture. Join this tour and let Mantua's artistic wonders, great food, and sheer beauty make your life sweeter.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Private Tour, Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Castello San Giorgio (Mantua)
  • Piazza Sordello
  • Piazza Broletto
  • Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance ticket for Ducal Palace + castle € 15,00/ea.
  • Transportation to/from attractions

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Experience the captivating beauty and rich history of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 2016 Italian capital of culture. Embark on a half-day guided tour of Mantua City Centre and the magnificent Ducal Palace, accompanied by a knowledgeable private local guide. Prepare to be amazed as you delve into the exceptional character of Mantua, a city that seamlessly combines history, art, and culinary delights. Every corner of Mantua offers a delightful encounter with beauty and a fascinating journey through time.

What to expect:

During this engaging 3-hour tour, you can anticipate immersing yourself in the wonders of Mantua. Your private local guide will lead you through the enchanting city center, showcasing its artistic treasures, architectural marvels, and hidden gems. Marvel at the grandeur of the Ducal Palace, one of Italy's greatest treasures, as your guide reveals its captivating history and secrets. Explore the charming streets of Mantua, where every step unveils a new chapter in the city's captivating story. With your guide's expert commentary, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Mantua's significance and cultural heritage.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for curious travelers seeking an immersive cultural experience. Whether you're a history enthusiast, an art lover, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of hidden gems, this tour caters to all. Mantua's charm knows no bounds, making it an ideal destination for solo travelers, couples, or even families looking to create lasting memories. No matter your age or travel preferences, Mantua's allure will captivate you.

Why book this?

By booking this tour, you'll gain access to the expertise of a private local guide who knows Mantua inside out. Their extensive knowledge will bring the city's history and culture to life, creating a truly immersive experience. The opportunity to explore the incredible Ducal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a highlight not to be missed. With the assistance of your guide, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the artistic wonders, culinary delights, and sheer beauty that Mantua has to offer. This tour ensures that you make the most of your time in Mantua, uncovering its hidden treasures and leaving you with unforgettable memories.

Good to know:

Please note that the entrance ticket for the Ducal Palace and castle is not included in the tour price and costs €15.00 per person. Additionally, transportation to and from the attraction is not provided, allowing you the flexibility to make your own arrangements. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do some walking, as the tour covers the city center's charming streets and alleys. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning architecture and picturesque views that Mantua has to offer.


Travelers who have experienced this tour rave about the knowledgeable and friendly private local guides. They appreciate the in-depth historical insights provided, which enhance their understanding and appreciation of Mantua's rich heritage. Visitors are particularly impressed by the magical atmosphere created by the city's architecture and the charming streets they explore during the tour. Overall, individuals express high levels of satisfaction with this tour, highlighting it as a must-do experience for anyone visiting Mantua.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Palazzo Ducale di Mantova

Declared World Heritage site by UNESCO, Mantua is home to Palazzo Ducale (Ducal Palace) built by the Gonzagas who became one of Italy's leading Renaissance families. Symbol of Mantua, this 35,000-sq-metre palace is made of buildings, galleries, inner courts, gardens and a castle. Even if it is famous for Mantegna's frescos in the Camera degli Sposi (Bridal chamber), it also boasts many other architectural and painted elements.

Admission Not Included

Castello San Giorgio (Mantua)

The castle’s greatest treasures are tucked away inside, like the Camera Picta (The bridal chamber). This room was turned into a work of art realized by Andrea Mantegna, one of the most important Reinassence painter. The stunning frescoes give visitors the impression of being in an open portico overlooking the beautiful countryside.

Admission Included

Piazza Sordello

Piazza Sordello is a large square surronded by some of the most important historic buildings of the city like the Ducal Palace, the cathedral and the Bishop's seat

Piazza Broletto

This was the medieval political square where the communal palaces were build like the old town hall and the Massaro's seat. Under the big arch it is possible to see the 4 iron rings used for torturing

Piazza delle Erbe

Bordered by the rear facade of the medieval town hall to the north and the Palazzo di Giustizia (courthouse) to the east, this square, named after the medieval fruit and vegetable market, is also dominated by a 15 century astrolabe and the romanesque church of Saint Laurence

Basilica di Sant'Andrea di Mantova

Planned by Leon Battista Alberti It is one of the major works of 15th-century Renaissance architecture in Northern Italy. The façade made up of clasical architectural features conceals a single nave with barrel vaulting and walls painted in trompe-I'oeil. The first chapel on the left contains the tomb of Andrea Mantegna.



4.5 (4)


Manuela was very knowledgeable and excited about what we saw and the history that went with it! She made the tour super fun!


Manuela is a true art historical expert and knew the answer to every question. She brought the experience alive with passion and verve. And travelling with teenagers, she knew how to engage her entire audience…..

Svend S

<p>Great tour with a knowledgeable guide. There is no way you will discover the little secrets of the palace on your own.</p>


Mantova piccola capitale del bello e della cortesia. D’accordo con Torquato Tasso un viaggio che vale la pena fare… Grazie
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2024-05-29 21:29