About 40km south of the popular destinations of Lake Garda and Verona, the city somehow gets bypassed by most travellers. The key to the puzzle is the lakes, a remarkable artificial fortification created nearly 1,000 years ago that effectively closed Mantua from the world. The place has been untouched by urban development, and is one of the most “liveable” cities in the world.

The Palazzo Ducale of Mantua is one of the largest and most articulated Italian architectural complexes, which also hosts a state museum. Built in 1328  Palazzo Ducale has a remarkable collection of Lombard art. The city has numerous Palaces, churches and historical buildings to visit.

For those that enjoy outdoor sports and bike ride to lake Garda starting in the Moncio Regional Park, is an enjoyable way to spend the day.