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Web serie: Mantua Slow Tour

Following the steps of Gonzaga Family, from this beautiful art city to the countryside

Video List

  1. Mantua: a sightseeing tour travelling on a hot air balloon
  2. Mantua: a sightseeing tour at Palazzo Te
  3. Mantua: the Ducal Palace and Isabella d’Este
  4. Italian Food: taste Italian Bigoli and risotto
  5. Corte Grande, Roncoferraro. Taste some Mantuan Risotto
  6. Bike tour to Motteggiana: Enjoy the cycling on the back roads and visit Villa Ghirardina
  7. Mantua: Gazzuolo’s Pantheon and local cuisine
  8. Mantua: San Martino dall’Argine
  9. Mantua bike tour: the Walls of Bozzolo
  10. Mantua: the Gonzaga Tower of Commessaggio
  11. Mantua: melons and watermelons
  12. The Olympic Theatre of Sabbioneta
  13. Sailing on the river Oglio
  14. Where the river Mincio meets the Po
  15. Taste Mantuan Cuisine

This web serie in 15 episodes is a full Slow Tour in the area of Mantua, following the steps of Gonzaga Family: their domination last almost 4 centuries, especially during the Renaissance, and they left a lot of wonderful traces and masterpieces. The itinerary starts in the city centre, laying on its famous lakes. Then, across the rivers Mincio, Oglio and Po, we move into the countryside. From Mantua to Revere, passing through Sabbioneta, by bike, by boat, even flying on a hot air balloon! It is a land full of themes: art, history, architecture, food and nature…

Please, read the notes by Patrizio Roversi: “Welcome to my city, Mantua”.

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Visit Mantua: helpful hints

Italian name: Mantova


There is no airport in Mantua but you can come easily from Milan or Bologna.

Milan: from Malpensa Airport reach Milan Central Station by train or by bus (the Malpensa Express train leaves every 30 minutes, it takes 50 minutes and costs 13€. The Malpensa shuttle bus leaves every 20 minutes, it takes 60/70 minutes and costs 10€). At Milan Central Station, look for the train to Mantua, it costs 11,5€ and it takes 1,5 hours.

Bologna: from Bologna Airport reach Bologna Central Station by bus (rides every 15 minutes). It takes 30 minutes and costs 6,5€. From the Central Station you can choose between the train and the bus: with Trenitalia company there is a combination of two trains, taking 1,5 hours at all for 8,95€. With Flixbus service you pay 4,99€ and it takes 1,25 hours.


You can visit Mantua on walk, or you can choose between bus or bike. APAM manages the local bus service. The single ticket costs 1,4€ and it lasts 75 minutes. Otherwise you can choose the bike and pay 0,69€ for a 20 minutes ride.

What to do

Mantua is a wonderful art city surrounded by lakes. It is in Lombardy region, Northern Italy. The city is famous for many stunning architectural treasures, such as Palazzo Ducale made by the Gonzaga family, or Palazzo Te. Nearby don’t miss the Olympic Theatre of Sabbioneta, the first designed just for entertainment in 1500.

Every year in September takes place here one of the most important Book Fair in Italy, Festivaletteratura.

For more tips, watch Italia Slow Tour web serie about Mantua.

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