Who we are

Who we are

We are guides qualified under the regional law for Mantua and its province. We have a degree in history of art and have succeeded in turning our passion into a job. Our experience in the field has been growing since 1993 and our Guide Centre has become a point of reference to those who wish […] [...]

The city of Mantua

The city of Mantua

Situated in the Lombardia region, in 2008 Mantua was enlisted by UNESCO among the World’s Heritage along with the nearby city of Sabbioneta. The Guide Center “I GONZAGA” will take you where each detail turns out to be a secret that will be revealed to you! Our Tours will take you to the discovery of […] [...]

Visiting the old town

Visiting the old town

The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscans – Mantus was a god of Hades. Here was born the great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro 70-10 B.C.). Visiting Mantua, walking along the old town heart is like stepping back in time. The imposing Piazza Sordello is enclosed by the Ducal Palace, [...] [...]

St. George's Castle

St. George’s Castle

Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, it is a square-plan building with four angular towers surrounded by a moat, three gates and their drawbridges. Originally meant for the defence of the city it was to become the residence of the family. In 1459 Marquis Ludovico II […] [...]

The bridal chamber

The bridal chamber

Absolute masterpiece of the Renaissance the Camera Picta (Painted Room) is placed in the north-eastern part of the Castle. Painted by Andrea Mantegna within nine years from 1465 to 1474 (both starting and finishing dates are written on the walls) combines reality and fiction giving the room an ‘en plain air’ atmosphere [...]

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Who we are

Who we are

We are guides qualified under the regional law for Mantua and its province. We have a degree in history of art and have succeeded in turning our passion into a job. Our experience in the field has been growing since 1993 and our Guide Centre has become a point of reference to those who wish […]

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The city of Mantua

The city of Mantua

Situated in the Lombardia region, in 2008 Mantua was enlisted by UNESCO among the World’s Heritage along with the nearby city of Sabbioneta. The Guide Center “I GONZAGA” will take you where each detail turns out to be a secret that will be revealed to you! Our Tours will take you to the discovery of […]

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Visiting the old town

Visiting the old town

The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscans – Mantus was a god of Hades. Here was born the great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro 70-10 B.C.). Visiting Mantua, walking along the old town heart is like stepping back in time. The imposing Piazza Sordello is enclosed by the Ducal Palace, [...]

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The Ducal Palace

The Ducal Palace

The Ducal Palace Was the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises and finally Dukes of the city. Under the Austrian domination with Maria Teresa of Austria it was called Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) The palace was built in different times starting from the 13th century, first by the Bonacolsi’s and then by the […]

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St. George’s Castle

St. George's Castle

Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, it is a square-plan building with four angular towers surrounded by a moat, three gates and their drawbridges. Originally meant for the defence of the city it was to become the residence of the family. In 1459 Marquis Ludovico II […]

Read more

The bridal chamber

The bridal chamber

Absolute masterpiece of the Renaissance the Camera Picta (Painted Room) is placed in the north-eastern part of the Castle. Painted by Andrea Mantegna within nine years from 1465 to 1474 (both starting and finishing dates are written on the walls) combines reality and fiction giving the room an ‘en plain air’ atmosphere and making it […]

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Sordello Square

Sordello Square

Very first nucleus of the city was probably the only dry elevated place surrounded by marshes. Neolithic remains have been found as well as remains from the Bronze and Iron Age. The city was probably founded by The Etruscans around the 6th century B.C. and conquered by the Romans in 220 B.C. A beautiful wide […]

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Broletto Square

Broletto Square

One of the three main squares of the city was built just after 1190 when the waters surrounding Mantua were regulated by engineer Alberto Pitentino. Here the imposing Palazzo del Podestà (the Mayor’s palace) divides the very heart of the city into two parts with its façade overlooking this square and its back overlooking Piazza […]

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The Herbs Square

The Herbs Square

Real heart of the city it takes its name for being the market place since the Middle Ages. Today it still hosts part of the weekly market on Thursdays. Here you can see the beautiful Palazzo della Ragione (the palace of justice) that was built soon after the Mayor’s Palace. The palace was later added a portico and a tower called Torre dell’Orologio [...]

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