Mantova - together with Sabbioneta, World Heritage Site for UNESCO - has been awarded the title of Italian Capital of Culture for the year 2016.
Home of Virgil, it was with the government of the Gonzaga family from 1328 that Mantova saw its historical and artistic development, attracting geniuses of painting and architecture - Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Mantegna, Giulio Romano - of literature and music - Torquato Tasso and Claudio Monteverdi.
There are several routes that allow you to discover the charm of Mantova in different ages: from Mantova of the eighteenth century to Mantova of contemporary creativity, from Jewish Mantova to the ancient Mantova of Virgil, from Mantova of the Risorgimento to that of the Renaissance.
Mantova is also known as a city surrounded by three lakes and surrounded by a real green oasis, the city is a destination for naturalistic and enogastronomic tourism.
Mantova also offers a rich annual calendar of events and shows, offered at reduced rates for students.
Among the most important events there are Mantovarchitettura, which every year, in May, transforms the city into a Capital of Architecture; Festivaletteratura, a five-day meeting with authors, readings, guided tours, shows, concerts with artists from all over the world; Mantova Film Fest, a summer film festival.
Mantova is a city on a human scale and is accessible, in every extension, through the numerous cycle-pedestrian routes that are integrated into the urban system. Travelling within the city is guaranteed by the presence of public transport services.