Mantua is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy and capital of the province of the same name. Mantua's historic power and influence under the Gonzaga family, made it one of the main artistic, cultural and notably musical hubs of Northern Italy and the country as a whole. Mantua is noted for its significant role in the history of opera, and the city is known for its several architectural treasures and artifacts, elegant palaces or palazzi, and its medieval and Renaissance cityscape.
In 2008 Mantua was enlisted by UNESCO among the World’s Heritage along with the nearby city of Sabbioneta.The old town of Mantua is a major attraction in Mantua. Here visitors will view the imposing Piazza Sordello which is enclosed by the Ducal Palace, the Cathedral and the palaces dating back to the Middle Ages.
The city's cultural institutions include the Accademia Virgiliana, containing a Scientific Theatre designed by Antonio Bibiena (1769); the valuable library, founded in 1780 by the Austrian empress Maria Theresa; and the State Archives. The houses of the artists Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano have been preserved.
Things to See & Do
* The Palazzo Del Te
* The Palazzo Ducale
* Piazza Sordello
* Old Town
* Duomo Di Mantova
Cruise Season – March to Dec
Currency – Euro (€) (EUR)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 63.97 km²
Population – 48,500 approx.
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 39
Port Location – The river port at Mantua is located on the Po River.
Travel Links - Local station is served by Trenitalia. The railway line Verona-Modena pass through this station. It is also the end of the line of the trains from Monselice and Cremona. Train service for Milan is available everyday every two hours. For Verona the frequency is every 40 minutes.Via Verona you can easly reach cities like Venice, Brescia, Trento, Bolzano and via Modena you can reach Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna up to all southern cities.
The nearest airport to Mantova is Valerio Catullo Airport located near Verona, on the Brennero's Highway, just 25 minutes away from the city. Other options are Guglielmo Marconi Airport, near Bologna, 1 hour far, and Orio al serio Airport, near Bergamo, reachable in less than 1 hour and half via Highway. All those airports are served by the low-cost company Ryanair
Main bus station is located just outside the Train station. APAM S.p.a. offers many busses that connect the whole province with the city. Brescia, Sirmione, Peschiera, Mirandola are also cities served by this company.