Mantua - known to the Italians as Mantova - is a city that gains in reputation with each year that passes. In 2007, it, along with nearby Sabbioneta, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2016, it was declared the Italian Capital of Culture, which, as you can imagine, is no small boast. This year, it was also declared the Italian Capital of Gastronomy - and, in a country where food is of such huge importance, that’s a hotly contested title, too.
And then there is the setting, which makes Mantua truly magnificent. It is surrounded by three artificial lakes, placed there in the 12th century as a defense against invasion. Add to that a range of Renaissance-era buildings, of which the Palazzo Te is the most notable, and a collection of similarly stunning architecture, and you’ve got a city which will live long in any tourist’s memory. So, if you’re considering it for a holiday, there’s just one more question: Where do you stay? Read on to learn about the nine best places to stay in Mantua, Italy!
1. Guest house La Mainolda: Central location with air-con (from USD 107)
A stay at La Mainolda will put you a stone’s throw from all of the magic of Mantua’s centre, with the Piazza del Erbe just 200 metres (656.2 feet) away and the Palazzo Ducale also within easy walking distance. The rooms are individually and tastefully decorated and feature free WiFi as well as air conditioning.
The reception staff will be happy to recommend a number of excellent cafes nearby for breakfast and will provide you with a token so that breakfast is on the house. In short, it’s a perfect place to start your stay in Mantua.
La Mainolda B&B
Address: Vicolo Storta 7
Parking Non-smoking rooms Internet services Lift Express check-in/check-out Safety deposit box Soundproof rooms Heating
2. Casa Museo Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga: 17th-Century opulence (from USD 206)
The Casa Gonzaga, as we’ll call it here to save space, is a lodging as grand as its name. Named for a noble member of the family who ruled Mantua from the 13th century, it is a listed building and part of the Italian Historic Housing Association. As the name suggests, it’s a former palace, part museum, and the rooms in which you sleep may well contain original features from the palace building. Nonetheless, as historic as it is, there are modern touches, with LCD TVs and laptops available in all rooms.
Casa Museo Palazzo Valenti Gonzaga
Address: Via Pietro Frattini 7
Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms Internet services Lift Safety deposit box
3. B&B Sweet Mantova: 15th-century splendour at an affordable price (from USD 62)
Your accommodation here is in a loft apartment, fit for four people, in the historic centre of Mantua. This building was, in fact, built in 1480 and is tucked away in a quiet area, making it perfect for groups on a city break. There is a terrace which looks over a pleasant garden, and, as a bonus, the owner will come to the station to pick you up if you’re arriving by train.
B&B Sweet Mantova - intero apto Terrazza H00195Mantua, Lombardy, ItalySuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:air con in room breakfast amenities and sunny terracethe studio apartment was spacious and bright with a balcony and a nice view over the gardenthe apartment is very nice with a lovely balcony overlooking the yard and gardenthe apartment was well-appointed with good furniture large windows and a beautiful view of the gardenwifi was great and bed was very comfortable
Cleanliness:the apartment is clean light and quietthe bedsitting room and bathroom were spacious clean and brightthe space was well stocked comfortable clean and beautifulthe room clean and cozy has large windows and overlooks a beautiful gardenthe room is spacious and clean
Host:telma is a gracious hostnice room and a very nice hostshe was on time and helpful to show us in the flattheir restaurant recommendations were excellent and they were alway helpful and accommodatingtelma and mauro are superb hostsRead more reviews
Location:location perfect for sight seeingthe walk around the lakes is nicethe location is very good being a short walk both from the station and the city centrecomfortable place in a great locationnice place near the old city
4. Casa del Pittore Stanza Rossa: Artistic style (from USD 139)
Referred to by the owners as a “painter’s house”, this is an accommodation that will bring out your artistic side, decorated with friezes and frescos. By booking a private room, you will also have access to a communal balcony, living room and dining room. WiFi is provided free of charge, and you will also benefit from air conditioning, that you can control from inside the room.
Casa del Pittore Stanza RossaMantova, Lombardia, Italy
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:the breakfast was all homemade and superbthe room is beautiful and common rooms are spacious
Cleanliness:the room (green room) was very large immaculately clean and super comfortable
Host:a beautiful b&b with lovely hostsi had a great stay and they were excellent hostsvirginia could not have been more helpful and friendlyRead more reviews
Location:a 5-10 minute walk from the old town centre it is perfectly locatedlocation was excellent it was very easy to walk throughout the city to everything you may want to seestylish historical house close to palazzo te friendly hosts who made a delicious breakfast
5. Casa Fischer: Romantic apartments in the San Leonardo district (from USD 86)
Booking accommodation here will place you right in the heart of one of Mantua’s most-loved historic areas, the San Leonardo district. Casa Fischer is a building of two apartments, within walking distance of some of the city’s showpiece monuments. The apartments themselves are stylish and luxurious, ideal for a couple on a romantic break but large enough for families of four on a relaxing holiday.
CASA FISCHER - 2. appartamento romantico in cittàMantova, Lombardia, ItalySuperhost
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:very nice apartment in the center of mantova perfect for couples and romantic weekends
Cleanliness:very quite clean and fully equipped apartmentthe house was very cleaneverything was new it was super clean and the hostess is super kinda very clean and modern apartment with all the ammenities for a comfortable stayit is very comfortable and clean
Host:the owners are extremely nicegeorgia and andrea are wonderful kind and attentive hostsour hosts were very helpful and informativegreat place and lovely host highly recommendedthank you for hosting us and all the best for you and your familyRead more reviews
Location:the location is a nice walk through the park to the centre of the city only 10 minuteslocated in a quiet street this appartment is greatwe loved our stay at giorgia's place
6. Fisherman’s Village: Accommodation for up to six people (from 109 USD (91 EUR))
The Fisherman’s Village is a group of several houses clustered around a church on the banks of the Mincio River. These spacious accommodations in the village of Borgo Angeli are particularly special, as they have a view over the river and over banks of lotus flowers. Along with a beautiful gothic church, this makes for a spectacularly scenic location, with all modern conveniences and served by a housekeeper.
Price: from 109 USD (91 EUR)
Number of Guests: up to 6
7. Mortara Suite: A delightful, charming apartment (from 180 USD (150 EUR))
The Mortara Suite is located in a 17th-century building, in the historic heart of Mantua, and, due to refurbishment, is a highly modern accommodation in an antiquated setting. With important monuments and excellent restaurants on the doorstep, this is a wonderfully located place. With floors that can be heated or cooled to suit the weather outside, it’s also a perfect haven from those days when the climate isn’t playing ball.
Price: from 180 USD (150 EUR)
Number of Guests: 4
8. B&B Casa del Teatro: Small, exclusive and luxurious (from USD 108)
This B&B is not one of Mantua’s larger accommodations, having only space for six guests at a time. That intimacy is what gives it much of its charm, as they can focus on each room equally, and the elegance, comfort and attention to detail make it a perfect base for travellers. You can start your day with a classic Italian breakfast (gluten-free options are included), and each room has a mini-fridge - so you can save all the great food you’ll buy in Mantua!
B&B Casa del Teatro
Address: Piazza Teofilo Folengo 3
Room service Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Breakfast in the room Internet services Lift Hot tub/jacuzzi Soundproof rooms
9. Residenza La Villa: Elegant style (from USD 87)
Mantua’s mindblowing range of antique architecture means that, wherever you stay, chances are the building will be a work of art, and this is the case with the 18th-century building that is home to Residenza La Villa. Pretty on the outside, when you step indoors you’ll see that the rooms are elegant and spacious, and meals are local specialities, cooked with fresh, farm-picked ingredients from the local area. Remember, Mantua is currently Italy’s gastronomic capital, so that means very good things for you!
Residenza La Villa
Address: Strada Ghisiolo 6
Marvellous Mantua: A perfect place for a luxurious break
If you’re on the lookout for a holiday where you can relax, soak up some culture and experience the finest of dining, then Mantua has you covered on all fronts. With excellent hotels and fabulous vacation rentals you, along with your family, partner or friends can have the time of your lives in one of Italy’s most underrated cities. Start planning now for a holiday you’ll remember forever.
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