Mantova and Northern Treasures
7 days itinerary
THE TREASURES OF THE ITALIAN NORTHERN REGION
Discover the wonders of Northern Italy Enjoy insider experiences, vibrant cities, fascinating historic sites, unique cultural interactions Treat yourself to a luxury stay at a renovated, historic Palace in Mantova, the hidden Italian gem.
Highlights include the guided tour of Mantova with the Ducal Palace and the iconic Palazzo Te; Verona Arena and Romeo& Juliet balcony; the picturesque hamlet of Borghetto sul Mincio one of the most Beautiful Villages in Italy. Taste the flavors of the region awarded in 2017 as the European Capital of Gastronomy. Personalize your itinerary choosing on your last day the activity best suited to your interests : The visit to the historical Berlucchi cellars or the Ferrari Museum or the medieval town of Padova with the impressive Giotto frescoes.
DAY 1 SEPT 19 – ARRIVAL ARRIVE IN MANTOVA AND TO YOUR EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION . SETTLE IN AND RELAX BEFORE YOUR EXCITING NORTHERN ITALY TOUR .
ARRIVAL IN THE AFTERNOON. Palazzo Castiglioni will be your residence for the week.
ABOUT MANTOVA Mantua is less than 30 minutes from Verona at 1 hr drive from Padova and Modena. Besides its artistic and historical treasures, Mantua excels for its food tradition and wide range of choice in activities from boat excursions on the lakes surrounding the town to the bicycle tracks connecting the town to Lake Garda. This is a region rich in both culture and nature with many possibilities for excursions. Stroll in the historic center of Mantova which is like an open-air museum:
ABOUT YOUR ACCOMMODATION: Palazzo Castiglioni is a 13th century palace in the heart of Mantova, a hidden gem declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The palace offers wonderful, unique accommodations that combine ancient grandeur with modern luxury. Palazzo Castiglioni is the oldest palace in town and is located just across from the legendary Palazzo Ducale. Guests enter the palace through the massive wooden doors and pass along an elegant courtyard The Palace develops on 4000 sq meters ( 13100 sq ft). The top floor room of the Tower hosts a great 8-meter high frescoed wall representing “the Tree of Life” dating back to 1300 which constitutes one of the oldest examples of non-religious frescoes in Europe Palazzo Castiglioni is still today the private residence of the descendants of Baldesar Castiglione, Italian writer and diplomat of the Renaissance.
DINNER – at Palazzo Castiglioni Restaurant
DAY 2 SEPT 20- MANTOVA : THE DUCAL PALACE GUIDED TOUR
AFTERNOON Meet the guide Giuliana Varini in the living room of Palazzo Castiglioni for an introduction to the Renaissance culture in Italy. In 2020 the world will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Raphael death with international exhibitions in cities around the globe (including Mantova), your guide will take this opportunity to talk about the friendship and collaboration between Baldassare Castiglione and Raphael.
Explore Palazzo Ducale, the residence of the Gonzaga family during the nearly 400 years of their rule over the city. A town within the town, it is the city’s main attraction and one of the most visited museums in Italy, the tour includes the Rooms of “Raphael’s Tapestries”, as well as the magnificent, Camera degli Sposi by the painter Mantegna. A maze-like explore to tell the story of the Gonzaga family, their desire for beauty and opulence,. The visit continues outside the Palace, with the charming
Teatro Scientifico del Bibiena, an exquisite example of a Baroque theatre inaugurated by Mozart in 1770.
DINNER Restaurant Il Grifone Bianco
DAY 3 SEPT 21- BORGHETTO SUL MINCIO AND PARCO SIGURTÀ
MORNING Drive to the village of Borghetto sul Mincio (a 45 minutes drive )listed as one of the “most beautiful village in Italy”. Wander by the river, see the water mills. The area is known for its traditional tortellini shops.
12:30.pm LUNCH at La Vecchia Bottega in Borghetto sul Mincio 2,30 The Sigurtà Park and Gardens covers an area of 600,000 square meters (visit with bike or golf cart). Among the attractions the blossom of 30,000 highly selected Queen Elizabeth and Hybrid Polyantha & Floribunda roses along the Avenue of Roses . The maze, where visitors can make their way into the extraordinary labyrinth of hedges made up of 1,500 yew trees (Taxus baccata).
DINNER at Palazzo Castiglioni Restaurant
DAY 4 SEPT 22 – MANTOVA PALAZZO TE GUIDED TOUR
LUNCH Palazzo Castiglioni Restaurant
AFTERNOON Discover the suburban villa Palazzo Te, Giulio Romano’s masterpiece and a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and painting., Built as a suburban pleasure for the duke of Mantova The fantastic illusions and tricks of Raphael’s favourite pupil still succede in creating astonishment in the viewer. Gorgeous is the room of Cupid and Psyche with ist erotic frescoes and amazing is the one of the Falling Giants. The “clever tricks”, either in painting and architecture, still deceive the viewer. The frescoes tell about love and war: mythology that helps to understand the story of the life of duke Federico II Gonzaga, ruler of Mantua and great patron of artists.
DINNER – Palazzo Castiglioni Restaurant
DAY 5 SEPT 23– VERONA GUIDED TOUR
9:00 Head to Verona by a private driver for a 2 hours guided tour including the Roman amphitheater Arena in piazza Bra, the busy Piazza Erbe and Piazza dei Signori, and the world famous “Casa di Giulietta” (Juliet’s house, as in Romeo and Juliet).
LUNCH – in a restaurant in Verona 2,30 back to Mantova
DINNER – Palazzo Castiglioni Restaurant
DAY 6- SEPT 24 DESIGN YOUR DAY — DIVERSE SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS FOR YOU
Personalize your travel experience today choosing the activity best suited to your interests.
*BERLUCCHI WINE CELLARS : Discover the secrets of the Franciacorta white sparkling wines method visiting the historical Berlucchi cellars dating back to 1600 At the conclusion of your tour, you will have a wine tasting t with of Berlucchi Franciacortas paired with artisanal baked goods. – visit duration 2 hrs, private transfer by car and driver 1,30 hr
*THE FERRARI MUSEUM IN MARANELLO : invites visitors to live the Prancing Horse dream firsthand. It offers a unique and enthralling voyage of discovery, a story told through cars that have made automotive history on streets and circuits the world over – visit duration 2,30 hrs, private transfer by car and driver 1,00 hr
*PADOVA AND GIOTTO FRESCOES: Padova offers a wide variety of sights. the old city center with its charming buildings shops, markets and the worldwide famous Chapel with Giotto’s frescos cycle. visit duration 5hrs, private transfer by car and driver 1,30 hr
DAY 7 – SEPT 25 A GOURMET EXPERIENCE AT THE STARRED RESTAURANT IL PESCATORE
A memorable culinary experience, at the starred Restaurant Il Pescatore – Canneto sull’Oglio
36 minute drive by private transfer