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MANTUA AND THE MINCIO PARK

 

 Short break of 4 days / 3 nights 

 

 

 

Mantua and its surroundings are rich of extraordinary natural and architectural beauties... and not only, because it is also an area of many food specialities, like the 'salami mantovana', pumpkin tortelli and Mantua mustard. The old town centre was declared a World Heritage site in 2007 and Mantua was Italian Capital of Culture in 2016. It is a town where history and old art are harmoniously mixed with a modern lifestyle. Mantua is situated in the middle of the Po-valley and is since its origins surrounded by water of three artificial lakes, which receive water from the Mincio. When, at the end of a sunny day, you make a stop at one of these lakes you will be enchanted by the sunset colouring the lake totally red. During the months July, August and September standing on the lakeside of the 'lago Superiore' in the Belfiore park, you can admire the lotus' floating on the water like an island. In the 6th century BC Mantua was an Etruscan town and its name is derived from the Etruscan god Mantus. It was Gonzaga-family, in the Renaissance, who made the town flourishing and a cultural centre. The current city centre with its monuments and town walls are dating from this period. When you visit Mantua and you admire her profile you will feel yourself as between heaven and water, like the famous writers and musicians did like Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Verdi, D'Annunzio, etc.. They all wrote about the towns history, described its alleys, squares, palaces, lakes in their legends, stories and passionate love affairs. Visiting Mantua will be an unforgettable experience !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Mantua: Cycle tour through town and visiting the lakes (40 Km / 25 miles)

Today you will visit the old town centre with its nice Renaissance Ducal Palace and Palazzo del Te. In the Palazzo del Te the frescoes of Giulio Romano are rich with symbols and myths. It was also called the palace of Deception, because Frederico II Gonzaga used it for entertainment and his mistress lived here. After dinner you can make a stroll through the old centre and discover the fascination of this Gonzaga town. Overninght and dinner

 

Day 2

Mantua-S.Benedetto-Borgoforte-Mantua (55 Km / 34 miles)

Today you cycle along the lower Mincio in direction of the Po. You will pass the old court of the great Virgil till the Dam of Governolo, where according to the traditions the meeting between Pope Leo I  and Attila found place. You return to Mantua after you cycled a stretch along the river Po, a beautiful intense green river landscape, far from hectic everyday life. Overnight with breakfast and dinner

*You can interchange the daily rides 

 

Day 3

Mantua- Rivalta- Mincio Park with the boat*-Le Grazie-Mantua (about 30 Km / 18,6 miles)

Today you cross the Mincio Park, a protected area including 13 municipalities. Here you find the widest inland wetlands a perfect habitat for herons, little egrets, western marsh harriers and other species. In the park are many castles, canals and also the sanctuary of S.Maria delle Grazie, the church of S.Maria degli Angeli and many Gonzaga Villas. End of the day end of your tour. It is possible to bnook an extra night and leave the next morning after breakfast. Overnight with breakfast

*Please note: the boat trip is only possible on Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Day 4

After breakfast end of your tour

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour: 

  • 3 overnights stays in *** star sup. hotel.

  • Buffet breakfast 

  • 2 dinners (day 1 and 2; excl. drinks)

  • Boat trip in the Mincio Park from Rivalta to Mantua

  • Route instructions in English or Italian / Maps

  • assistance helpline 

             

Not included in the tour:

  • the journey to reach Peschiera or Mantua and departure

  • Dinner on day 3, lunches and drinks

  • Tourist tax

  • Everything not mentioned under „Included in the tour" 

     

Period 

Self-guided tour start every day from 1 March till 30 October (we recommend start on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, because of boat trip). Please note that the boat trip is only possible on Saturdays and Sundays. Other periods of the year on request. 

Level 1/2

Easy, a tour for all. The routes are easy to follow and you cycle for a big part on cycle paths along the Mincio and Po. There are some easy dirt roads. Also suitable for families. Total km 125 Km /78 miles 

Price p.p. 2019

In double room     € 268

In single room    € 338

bike rental  € 55

Children 0-1 yrs gratis

Children 2-11 yrs 50% discount

On request

Extra nights

E-bike rental, trailer, children's seats