Mantua St. George’s Castle and Ducal Palace Private Walking Tour

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The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscan times, when Mantus was a god of Hades. Here was born the great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70-10 B.C.). Visiting Mantua and walking along the heart of old town is like stepping back in time.

During this 2.5-hour walking tour, your expert, local guide will take you to discover two of the most important buildings of Mantua: St. George's Castle and The Ducal Palace.

St. George's Castle is the first historical building that welcomes visitors as they enter the town of Mantua. Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, the castle was originally meant for the defense of the city. Then, it became a residence of the family. After a renovation required by Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga in 1459, the castle lost its original defensive role and became one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance when Andrea Mantegna painted the famous Camera degli Sposi (The Bridal Chamber).

After the visit of the castle, you'll walk to the most representative square of Mantua, Piazza Sordello. This is where you start your visit of the interior of The Ducal Palace. The palace represents the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises, and, finally, the dukes of the city. It was called Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) under the domination of Maria Teresa of Austria. Interestingly, the palace was built in different times starting from the 13th Century, first by the Bonacolsiâ's and then by the Gonzagaâ's. Many different parts, buildings, courts, and gardens compose the palace, which you will have the chance to get to know and admire through this guided walking tour.

Get ready to experience Mantua in a way you wouldn't expect.

One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera!
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