10 things to see in Mantua (Mantova)

What are the ten things to do in Mantova in a day? This is a little guide to discover Palazzo Te, Palazzo Ducale, the Sabbioneta, UNESCO and other interesting museums. Ready to get around town? Let's start!

Palazzo Te

Palazzo Te was once home to the "official" lover of the Marquis Federico II Gonzaga. The Palazzo Te is also known as "Palace of glossy deceit". The building was built specifically for its entertainment and stood at the center of an island rich in woods surrounded by the waters of the lake, now dried up. The building currently houses the Museo Civico di Mantova.

Ducal Palace

The Ducal Palace, official residence of Gonzaga, is located between the shore of Lake Bottom, and Piazza Sordello, some know it as St. Peter's Square. The Ducal Palace was the reference point for the history of art and the beginning of the twentieth century is the subject of restoration becoming home to the State Museum.

Basilica Sant'Andrea

The Sant'Andrea Basilica was designed by Leon Battista Alberti. You have to know that the construction of the dome was built based on the designs of Filippo Juvarra. In the crypt, however, it is kept the relic of the Precious Blood of Christ. You'll also find the tomb of Andrea Mantegna. A place rich in history that could leave you enchanted.

Gallery Museum Valenti Gonzaga

At the first floor of Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga is the seat of the Gallery of the Museum Valenti Gonzaga. You can find 500 square meters of "open space" to be discovered. Before entering we might want to take a look at the facade of the Palace by the architect Nicholas Sebregondi. Afterwards we invite you to come in and if you are a keen gardener you will appreciate the small roof garden and fifteenth local rustic.

Piazza Sordello

Going from one corner of the old town to the other you can not help but visit Piazza Sordello, one of the largest squares of Mantova, dedicated to the poet of the thirteenth century Mantua Sordello. Piazza Sordello is the hub of the city and you can see that because we are the Palazzo Ducale in Mantua, the Castle of San Giorgio, the Duomo.


The Mantua Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of St. Peter, is an imposing building in the Romanesque style and is located in Piazza Sordello, not far from Palazzo Ducale. If you are a lover of Carrara marble you can admire the main facade with satisfaction. We might also like to go inside and look around as well: looks up and you will find a beautiful coffered ceiling!

Castello San Giorgio

Mantua is rich in history and as you will have realized between visits to the other. A stop not to miss the ten things to see is definitely the Castle of San Giorgio. The building is part of the Palace of Gonzaga. Really the famous Bridal Chamber frescoed by Mantegna, with the famous angels cupids.

Teatro Scientifico Bibiena

The Scientific Theatre of Bibiena was designed in the late eighteenth century. You know that here in the distant 16 January 1770 she performed Mozart? He was only fourteen when he came on stage at the Theatre of Mantova and charmed everyone present with his memorable concert. Currently here you can attend music festivals and conferences.

Piazza delle Erbe

Piazza delle Erbe is the place from the beginning of trade. To the south you can find the "House of Giovan Boniforte from Concorezzo), also known as the Merchant's House. Further on you you can find the Rotunda of San Lorenzo, the Clock Tower, the Palazzo della Ragione and the Palazzo del Podesta. So in one step you can see a huge beautiful historic part of the city.

Roundabout San Lorenzo

The Rotunda of San Lorenzo is the oldest church in Mantova. It is at a lower level of Piazza delle Erbe. We suggest that you do not limit yourself just to observe it from the outside it, but to get to go to admire the frescoes of the Byzantine school.

Ten things to do in Mantova you intrigued? You can find other things to see and create the perfect itinerary for you. If you add more days places around the city! For example, we suggest the Sabbioneta declared, with the same Mantova, UNESCO.