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Mantua, or Mantova, is a city in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, and is also the capital city of the province of the same name. Although the settlement was founded around 2,000 BC, it was not until the 6th century that it would be "re-founded" by the Etruscans. The city later came under Roman rule and became populated by veterans from Augustus' legions. Today the city stands as a picturesque getaway destination filled with cobblestone streets, restaurants and cafes, and grand palaces. Mantua is the ideal place to get a feel for authentic Italian culture without the hustle and bustle of other tourist cities. Finding your ideal hotel in Mantua can seem almost impossible when you have hundreds of hotels to choose from. Venere helps you find the hotel best suited to your needs by offering thousands of user-submitted hotel reviews, photo galleries, and an interactive map for exploring the area.
What's Mantua Like?
Many of the most popular attractions in Mantua are historical and cultural buildings and ruins, making the city one of the top places to visit for sightseers and history buffs. The Renaissance-style Palazzo Te palace features mosaics, sculptures, and grand spaces; the ideal first port-of-call in Mantua. The Basilica di Sant'Andrea (Basilica of St. Andrew) is decorated with gilded interiors, centuries-old art works, and massive archways. The Teatro Bibiena is an 18th-century theater that boasts an impressive candle-lit interior in a Baroque fashion; Mozart even performed here when he was 13 years old. The Parco del Mincio (Mincio Park) is a unique place to enjoy an afternoon walk or spend the afternoon shopping at one of the many antiques stores or shopping streets.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Mantua
The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate, although, unlike many other Italian cities, Mantua is often on the receiving end of plenty of rainfall. Summer lasts from June to August, and average afternoon temperatures reach around 75° Fahrenheit, although it can on occasion exceed 85° Fahrenheit. The city center can be explored on foot, with many of the most popular attractions within walking distance of each other. Locals in Mantua are often laid back and approachable, and although many of them will probably speak English to a certain degree, try not to expect it of everyone, and take it upon yourself to learn a simple Italian phrase or two. If you want to get away for an afternoon trip out of the city, the 19th-century Mantova railway station connects the city to Milan, Cremona, and Verona.