Tour in Mantova
The visit of the city can start from Piazza Sordello, the ancient centre and heart of the town. This square had been created during the 1300 and it’s marked by Duomo, Palazzo Ducale, Magna Domus and Palazzo del Capitano. San Giorgio’s castle is right on its back.
Opposite to the square there are ancient palaces: Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo degli Uberti, Palazzo Castiglioni, Palazzo Acerbi (its tower, named Della Gabbia, is the tallest in town, built in 1576).
Not far from Duomo, in via Cairoli, you can see Palazzo del Seminario, planned by Gian Battista Vergani in 1825.
Passing through via Cairoli you can reach Piazza Virgiliana, ancient bay of Lago di Mezzo which had been dry out (second half of 1700 – 1800). The square was defined by Paolo Pozzo’s plan: it was turned into a garden, dedicated to Virgilio, and there’s also a monument of the poet inaugurated in 1937.
The walk in town can go on: Piazza Broletto, passing under Voltone di San Pietro and Renaissance’s colonnades; Palazzo della Podestà (1277); Piazza Erbe with Palazzo della Regione, the clock tower and Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the oldest Church in Mantua.