Top Choice Palace in Mantua

Palazzo Ducale

For more than 300 years the enormous Palazzo Ducale was the seat of the Gonzaga – a family of wealthy horse breeders who rose to power in the 14th century to become one of Italy's leading Renaissance families. Their…
Top Choice Palace in Mantua

Palazzo Te

Palazzo Te was where Frederico II Gonzaga escaped for love trysts with his mistress Isabella Boschetti, and it's decorated in playboy style with stunning frescoes, playful motifs and encoded symbols. A Renaissance p…
Top Choice Theatre in Mantua

Teatro Bibiena

If ever a theatre were set to upstage the actors, it's the 18th-century Teatro Bibiena. Dimly lit and festooned with plush velvet, its highly unusual, intimate bell-shaped design sees four storeys of ornate, stucco …
Palace in Mantua

Palazzo della Ragione

In the Palazzo della Ragione, which runs the length of the square from the Rotonda and was once the seat of secular power in the city, you can see exhibitions of varying interest (usually free).
Basilica in Mantua

Basilica di Sant'Andrea

This towering basilica safeguards the golden vessels said to hold earth soaked by the blood of Christ. Longinus, the Roman soldier who speared Christ on the cross, is said to have scooped up the earth and buried it …
Church in Mantua

Rotonda di San Lorenzo

The weather-worn 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo is sunk below the level of the square, its red-brick walls still decorated with the shadowy remains of 12th- and 13th-century frescoes.
Cathedral in Mantua


The Cattedrale pales before the magnificence of the Basilica di Sant’Andrea. The facade was erected in the mid-18th century, while the decoration inside was completed by Giulio Romano after a fire in 1545.
Tower in Mantua

Torre della Gabbia

Enter Piazza Sordello from the south and on your left you have the grand house of the Gonzagas' predecessors, the Bonacolsi clan. Hapless prisoners used to be dangled in a cage from the tower, aptly called the Torre…
Piazza in Mantua

Piazza Sordello

Piazza Sordello is the oldest square, and was probably the location of the Etruscan town. The existing layout is thanks to the Gonzagas whose immense living quarters, fronted by the Palazzo Ducale, frame the east si…
Arch in Mantua