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Mantova, Italy
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Piazza Sordello, Mantova

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Mantova (also known as Mantua) may be lesser known than Rome, Florence and Venice yet this Italian art city wants for nothing. It is one of the most atmospheric old cities in Italy. Mantova boasts a royal flush of Renaissance buildings. What's more, it is a great place for families to roam. Mantova sits on the River Mincio and is bordered by three lakes - Lago Superiore, Lago di Mezzo and Lago Inferiore. Bike trails, of varying lengths, crisscross the area. Take a boat tour on the River Mincio. Cruise Lago Superiore. Float the Po all the way to Venice. Bike the perimeter of the fortified city. Cycle the banks of the Mincio south to the confluence, north to Lake Garda. Take in an exhibit at Palazzo Te. Tour Palazzo Ducale. Stoll the streets of this pocket-sized Renaissance city and imagine life as Gonzaga duke.
Getting There
 
Mantova is located in the Italian province of Lombardy. It is situated east of Milan and south of Verona and Lake Garda. The nearest airport is in Verona. Venice and Milan are roughly an hour away. Mantova is accessible from the A22 motorway called an autostrada in Italian. Mantova is linked directly by train from Verona and Modena. The direct train trip from Milan is painfully slow and service is infrequent. Train travel from Venice to Mantova requires a change in Verona.
Getting Around
 
Mantova is small and compact and easily navigated on foot. Palazzo Te is the only structure of note situated outside the city walls. Taxis are readily available at the train station. Boat tours depart from the jetties on Lago di Mezzo and Lago Inferiore. The following bike trails are ideal for families. Mantova Lake Trail is an easy 23.5 km (14.6 miles) loop. This flat trail starts and ends at the Andes boat jetty. The Mantova-Peschiera Bike Path, part of the Ciclopista del Sole, follows the River Mincio from Mantova to Peschiera del Garda. The flat, mostly paved trail is 37 km (23 miles) one-way. The Province of Mantova website has a detailed trail map (click Mantova in Bici to download the PDF); hard copies are available from the tourist office in Mantova.
When to Travel
 
While there is no right and wrong time of year to visit Mantova there are few things to keep in mind when traveling with children. Mantova is hot and humid in summer. In winter, Mantova is frequently fogged under. Lotus flowers and water lilies bloom in July, August and September. The best months for bike touring are May, June and September. The temporary art exhibits at Palazzo Te are seasonal events.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Italy is child welcoming but isn't always kid friendly. Most restaurants don't have highchairs (pull your stroller up to the table instead) and most hotel rooms aren't childproof. What's more, most restaurants are open at fixed times only. Lunch is served from 12:30 - 14:30, dinner from 19:30 - 21:30. Shops selling pizza by the slice are open all day.
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