Mantua, Italy Photos That Will Inspire Your Next Visit

Mantua, Italy Photos That Will Inspire Your Next Visit

Manuta, Italy is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Lombardy region of Italy. Use these photos to inspire your next visit!


Mantua, Italy Photos That Will Inspire Your Next Visit


The Emilia Romagna region of Italy contains several ancient cities including Bologna, Piacenza, Modena, and Parma, just to name a few. With a home base in Bologna, it’s easy to explore these cities as well as the neighboring region of Lombardy. On my third day in Italy, I took a scenic two-hour train ride to the historic city of Mantua, which is part of the Lombardy region.

Mantua Italy canals

The Old Town area of Mantua — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — can be reached by foot from the train station. This historic center is noted for its extraordinary art and architecture and is known to many Italians as La Bella Addormentata, a sleeping beauty that hasn’t changed since the middle ages.

The easiest way to explore Mantua is by bicycle, so I hopped on my rented beach cruiser and set off to get lost without a map.

Cycling in Mantua Italy
Taking advantage of the sunshine on this warm morning in May, I made my way to the three man-made lakes that surround the city. I followed the small path along the lakes, making stops every so often to watch the boats pass by or to just soak in the quiet ambience.

Locals sunbathed on the grassy banks while fisherman patiently awaited their next catch. As a girl who would almost always prefer to spend time in nature than a crowded urban area, I really enjoyed the slow pace of this city.

Mantua Italy Three Lakes
Heading back towards town, I pedaled my way through gorgeous piazzas and narrow, cobblestone streets where I literally felt as if I had traveled back in time.

Mantua Italy Canals
Renting a bike in Mantua Italy

When You Go:

Besides renting a bike — which is the preferred way to explore the city — you can take a short one to two-hour boat cruise along Lago Superiore. These tours run from April to October and should cost around 10 Euros. No need to book in advance.



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  1. Suzette Barnett says:

    I love your photos and I especially love the quaint town. So picturesque, thanks for sharing! Glad I saw this while planning my “laid back” Italy trip…. did you by chance take any classes in Italy, such as cooking or art? Suzette |

  2. And did you return to Bologna that same evening?

  3. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate says:

    I’d love to see more of small town Italy. I was just back in Rome and Venice and couldn’t get away from the big cities fast enough, but absolutely loved my time in random beach towns in Calabria and Sicily that we just decided to pull over and explore on a whim.

  4. Jeff Titelius says:

    Such a gorgeous post Christy! As it happens or may happen, I may be visiting Mantua in October, my fingers are crossed!!

    1. Ordinary Traveler says:

      Thanks, Jeff! That’s awesome! I’m sure you will love it.

  5. Corinne Vail says:

    These are gorgeous shots of a quaint little Italian town. I want to go!