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Mantua: St. George's Castle & Ducal Palace Private Tour

Product ID: 95298
Join this guided tour of two of the most important and fascinating historical buildings in Mantua, the Castle of St. George and the majestic Ducal Palace. Explore their interiors following your expert local guide and discover the artworks hidden inside.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM
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Experience

Highlights
  • Walk inside St. George Castle, where the most famous artwork of Mantua (artist Mantegna's "Camera Picta") is kept
  • Explore the Ducal Palace, home to the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises and finally, dukes of the city
  • Listen to the fascinating history of the buildings and discover why the inside of the Ducal Palace is now almost completely empty
Full description
The origins of Mantua date back to the Etruscan time, when Mantua was a god of Hades. The great Latin poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro 70-10 B.C.) was born here. Visiting Mantua, walking along the old town heart is like stepping back in time. During this 2.5-hour walking tour, your expert local guide will take you to discover two of the most important building in Mantua: the Castle of St. George and the Ducal Palace.

Let's start from the first one. St. George's Castle is the first historical building that welcomes the visitors as they enter the town of Mantua. Built by Francesco Gonzaga between 1395 and 1406 on the project by Bartolino da Novara, the castle was originally meant for the defense of the city, and then it became a residence of the family. After a renovation required by the marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga in 1459, the castle lost its original defensive role and became one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance when Andrea Mantegna painted the famous Camera degli Sposi (The Bridal Chamber).

After your visit of the castle, walk to the most representative square or Mantua, Piazza Sordello, where your visit inside the Ducal Palace will start. The palace represents the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises and finally, the dukes of the city. Under the Austrian domination with Maria Teresa of Austria, it was called Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace). Interestingly, the palace was built in different times starting from the 13th-century, first by the Bonacolsis and then by the Gonzagas. Many different parts, buildings, courts and gardens compose the palace, which you will have the chance to get to know and admire through this guided walking tour. Get ready to experience Mantua in a way you wouldn't expect. One final tip: you might want to bring along your camera.
Includes
  • Walking tour led by an expert local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Ticket to enter St. George Castle and the Ducal Palace

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Meeting point

Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Sordello, 40 - Mantova. The meeting point is in front of the ticket office.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note that this tour does not include the ticket to enter St. George Castle and the Ducal Palace (you can easily purchase it on the spot for about €12)
• The tour will take place even when it's raining. In the event of an exceptionally heavy rain, the tour may be cancelled and you will be given a full refund

From US$ 331.96 Per group up to 30

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der Guide ist zu dem vereinbarten Treffpunkt nicht erschienen

October 9, 2019

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Il castello è stupendo e la guida è stata all'altezza del luogo. Complimenti a Liliana per la preparazione e la pazienza. Da fare assolutamente

May 2, 2019

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Product ID: 95298