Mantua is a peaceful, friendly city, famous for its wealth of artistic heritage left by the Gonzagas. Writers and poets have praised its beauty and even Virgil wrote about it in his Aeneid. Take in the city from the shores of its three lakes, discover Andrea Mantegna’s masterpieces on show in the Castle of Saint George, and taste the traditional tortelli di zucca (pumpkin-filled pasta parcels) and Mantua’s sbrisolona, a crumbly tart containing almonds.
Do you want a reasonably-priced, high-quality hotel in Mantua? Welcome to B&B Hotel Mantova, we’re looking forward to welcoming you! The B&B Hotel Mantova, strategically located just a few kilometres from Mantua’s city centre and just one minute’s drive from the Mantova Nord exit of the A22 motorway, is a modern establishment, designed for your work commitments outside of the city, or a leisurely tour of the city of the Gonzagas. It’s the easiest way of getting a close-up look at the unforgettable noble buildings and to immerse oneself in the local countryside, whilst staying close to the city centre and the main roads.
The city of Mantua was founded along the Mincio River and is surrounded by three lakes: lago Superiore (upper lake), lago di Mezzo (middle lake) and lago Inferiore (lower lake). In actual fact none of the three lakes was created by nature, but they are all monuments to ancient hydraulic engineering that dates back to the year 1190! The city’s beauty, combined with the philanthropy of the Gonzaga family, has attracted many artists, including Leon Battista Alberti and Andrea Mantegna. Mantua is not only famous for its works of art but also for its prized white truffle, which it is possible to enjoy in this area and it even has a museum dedicated to it, the Tru.Mu in Borgofranco sul Po.
Not far from the hotel it is possible to visit the Bosco Fontana Nature Reserve, unspoilt parkland that was once owned by the Gonzagas. The Mantua area has many protected havens and places such as the Mincio and Oglio natural parks, the Ostiglia marshes and the Bertone Park, where the storks nest.
Palazzo Te, the ancient residence of the Gonzaga family, offers you a charming journey through its large, frescoed rooms, including the Sala dei Giganti (giants’ room) and the Sala di Amore e Psiche (room of love and psyche). Continuing on along the Percorso del Principe (the Prince’s Route) you’ll end up at the Palazzo Ducale, having stopped off on the way to visit the Basilica of Saint Andrew, which houses the remains of the city’s patron saint, and a visit to one of the oldest buildings in the centre of town - the Rotonda di San Lorenzo. An absolute must is a trip to nearby Sabbioneta which, along with Mantua, has been nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is, in fact, considered the “ideal city” and is famous for being Vespasian’s little Rome.
In February you can come and celebrate the lovely Carnival in Castel Goffredo in the province of Mantua, where you’ll be able to witness the crowning of Re Gnocco (King Dumpling)! Throughout the party: there are gnocchi (dumplings) for everyone. If you happen to be in Mantua on 18 March, why not take part in the celebrations for the feast of St. Anselm, the city’s Patron Saint. It’s a traditional end-of-winter gathering with the giant funfair in Viale Te. Or why not enjoy the myriad of different events at the Palabam, only 5 minutes away from the B&B Hotel Mantova, which is the venue for sporting events, trade fairs and concerts by well known artists.