If ever a theatre was set to upstage the actors, it's the 18th-century Teatro Bibiena. Its design is highly unusual: a bell-shaped four...
For over 300 years the enormous Palazzo Ducale was the seat of the Gonzaga – a family of wealthy horse breeders who rose to power in the...
Piazza Sordello is the oldest square, and was probably the location of the Etruscan town. The existing layout is thanks to the Gonzagas...
Come early if you want to stand any chance of elbowing your way through the cool crowd to Pupitre's bountiful aperitivo bar laden with...
Masseria’s supremely sweet tortelli di zucca is among the best in town; other house specialities include Mantuan beef stew with...
Lonely Planet review
Wooden chairs scrape against the tiled floor as diners eagerly tuck into Slow Food–accredited culatello di Zibello (lard) at this friendly local trattoria. Other Mantuan specials such as risotto alla pilota (rice seasoned with sausage meat) and perfectly seasoned steaks feature on the menu. Dine in the back room with its bright homemade art amid stacks of wine crates.