Historical and enchanting stands majestically facing the three lakes that surround it. It is the town of Mantua, birthplace of Italo Calvino and Isabella D'Este, and that under the guidance of the "Renaissance Lady" has welcomed within its own court the genius of extraordinary artists such as Raffaello Sanzio, Andrea Mantegna, Titian and Leonardo da Vinci. The Duchess D'Este has indeed made the city of Mantua a real historical and cultural center that has attracted writers, painters, architects and musicians from all over Italy and Europe. And even today in the streets of the historic center you can admire the ancient splendor of the noble courts and the magnificent palaces of the Gonzaga dynasty: the family that has dominated the city of Mantua for over four hundred years. Mantua is therefore a real treasure of art to be discovered and rediscovered: from the Ducal Castle to Palazzo Te, passing through the narrow streets of the historic center that lead to the market, the city is able to offer visitors historical, artistic beauties of incomparable beauty from every angle. And to enrich the stay in Mantua, already a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 together with Sabbioneta (about 30 km from the capital), you can not miss good food, good wine (strictly produced according to tradition) and nature walks ( on foot or by bike). Mantua and its surroundings can count on a dense and widespread network of cycle paths that stretch for over 150 km. For two-wheel lovers, the Mantova-Sabionetta (about 47 km) and Mantova-Peschiera (about 43 km) cycle routes are worth mentioning.
The city of Mantua is well connected to the main national and international locations through the nearby "Valerio Catullo" airport of Verona-Villafranca, about 33 km away: scheduled connections to the cities of Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Naples, Palermo and Rome. Greater, however, the distance with the Milan-Linate airport (about 150 km) and Bergamo "Orio al Serio" (about 120 km). To reach the "Valerio Catullo" airport of Verona, the bus service managed by the partner ATV (Azienda Trasporti Verona) is recommended, which connects the airport with the Verona Porta Nuova station. From the Verona station there are many direct connections to the Mantua railway station (about 50 minutes).
The railway station of Mantova (Piazza Don Leoni) is served by the Trenitalia and Trenord companies, which offer direct connections to the main stations of the region. Scheduled daily trips also with high-speed trains to the stations of Milano Centrale (about 100 minutes) and Cremona (about 70 minutes). To reach, instead, the cities of Pavia, Bergamo and Brescia it is necessary to provide a change with the Milan station. To find timetables, destinations and to book the ticket, we recommend that you consult the website of the transport companies.
The city of Mantua is connected to many localities of the province thanks to a dense network of suburban buses that depart and arrive at the bus station (in front of the train station in Piazza Don Leoni). Public transport is managed by the company APAM (active from 6.15 to 20.00) and provides a ticket cost of € 1.40 for 75 minutes. Possibility also to buy daily tickets for € 3.50 and family (€ 4.00) For details and information, please consult the company's website.
If you plan to spend a few days in the beautiful town of Mantua, the car is probably not the best choice. Much of the historical center of the city is in fact forbidden to cars. Alternatively, you can use the free public parking provided between Viale Mincio, Piazza Anconetta and Viale Risorgimento.
The company Radiotaxi Mantova manages the taxi service in the city. Immediately at the exit of the railway station parking is provided (from 5 to 1).