2016 Italian Capital of Culture! 2017 European Capital of Gastronomy! Hip Mantua rocks! Walking tour of Mantua’s UNESCO-listed Old Town with its glorious cathedral, City Hall and the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, inspired by Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher. For many centuries, Mantua was governed by the powerful Gonzaga dynasty, astute patrons of the arts. Their Palazzo Ducale is adorned with masterpieces from Mantegna, Pisanello, Rubens and Raphael. Visit Palazzo San Giorgio and its Camera degli Sposi (Bridal Chamber) with its trompe l’oeil frescoes by Mantegna. The grand finale is Federico II Gonzaga’s Palazzo Te, an enthralling confection of eye-popping architecture, paintings, trompe l’oeil and monumental works.
*NOTE: Lunch is not included