Beat the crowds to Mantua which has just been selected as the 2016 Italian Capital of Culture and is undoubtedly one of Italy’s most charming but frequently overlooked towns. Packed with majestic squares, arched porticos, cupolas and ancient towers, the Lombardy based city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2008, thanks to the architectural and artistic legacy of the Gonzaga dynasty.
This is a city for wandering, along cobbled streets that open up into multiple squares including Piazza Broletto, Piazza Erbe and the grandiose Piazza Sordello. Principle highlights include the Palazzo Ducale (formerly the Gonzaga family’s royal residence) and La Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber), a frescoed room in one of the towers of the San Giorgio Castle.
Experience the best of the countryside around Mantua at La Finestra sul Fiume, an ivy-clad restored mill offering B&B accommodation in an idyllic setting on the banks of the river Mincio. Guests are invited to borrow bikes and cycle to Mantua along the river path.
La Finestra sul Fiume