Once upon a weekend, I had the pleasure of visiting Mantova, a city that had never really been on my radar. Seeing that Italy has a highly-efficient and affordable train system, one can’t help but take advantage of it to explore lesser-known communes.
Located in the same region as Milan0 (that being, Lombardia), Mantova was named the Italian Capital of Culture for 2016. The city boasts several stunning museums, palaces, and churches that are reminiscent of eras past. Time permitting, I’d highly recommend a visit to this off-the-beaten path charmer.
This palace was once the summer home to Mantova’s longtime-ruling Gonzaga family. It was designed by renowned Renaissance architect and painter Giulio Romano.
Mantova is surrounded by 3 artificial lakes, namely Lago Superiore, Lago di Mezzo, and Lago Inferiore. Created as a defense mechanism during the Middle Ages, the lakes now serve as part of Mantova’s scenic landscape and attribute to its dense fog that is present during winter months.
The Gonzaga family claimed this palace as their principal residence. It’s made up of several buildings, courtyards, and gardens, with the main building boasting a classic Medieval style.
Below are some snapshots from Mantova’s historical city center, including one of the interior of its cathedral.