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Piazza delle Erbe Tours

Piazza delle Erbe
Piazza delle Erbe is the beating heart of Mantua’s elegant Renaissance historic center. It is also home to three of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed city’s most famous monuments: the 13th-century civic hall, Palazzo della Ragione; Bartolomeo Manfredi’s 15th-century clock tower; and the 11th-century Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the city’s oldest church. 

The Basics
As its name suggests, Piazza delle Erbe was once Mantua’s marketplace, and today it is both the cultural and social center of the city. Visit its sights or simply relax with a cappuccino at one of the many cafés that line the square to enjoy the local flavor. Walking tours of Mantua include an in-depth visit to this historic square, and Mantua’s proximity to Verona means that you can easily combine a visit to both landmark cities in one day.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The historic center of Mantua is quite compact and easily walkable, but be sure to wear comfortable shoes to tour the sights.
  • Most of the square is closed to traffic, so it is relatively kid-friendly.
  • Many of the streets in the historic center are lined with arcades and porticoes, protecting pedestrians from sun and rain. 
  • Piazza delle Erbe is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

How to Get There
Mantua is located just south of Lake Garda, about halfway between Milan and Venice. Piazza delle Erbe is in the city center, about a 10-minute walk from the train station.

When to Get There
Like many cities in northern Italy, Mantua can be cold and wet in the winter months.  Plan to visit in the summer, when the weather is mild and the skies are clear so you can enjoy a stroll through the center.

Sights in Verona
If you combine your Mantua visit with a tour of Verona—where Shakespeare's tale of Romeo and Juliet is set—you can explore sites including Piazza delle Erbe, the city’s former Roman Forum and now home to Lamberti Tower (Torre dei Lamberti), the Mazzanti Houses, and the Madonna Verona Fountain (Fontana Madonna Verona); the Verona Arena (Arena di Verona); Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta); Piazza dei Signori; Palazzo Maffei; and Castelvecchio.
Address: Piazza delle Erbe, Mantua, Italy
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Piazza delle Erbe

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Mantova Centro Storico - Tour a piedi con Guida Privata

Mantova Centro Storico - Tour a piedi con Guida Privata

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The UNESCO–listed city of Mantua boasts a colorful history dating back to the Middle Ages, with hidden secrets round every corner. On this walking tour, follow a guide through the Old Town to the city’s top attractions and architectural landmarks, and learn what makes Mantua so special. Wander from the Ducal Palace’s pretty courtyards to the medieval Piazza Broletto, and listen as your guide brings Mantua’s past to life.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.81
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Mantua City Centre Walking Tour

Mantua City Centre Walking Tour

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Discover what makes Mantua the magnificent gem of Lombardy on a 2-hour walking tour through the historic city center. Hear legends of the picturesque lakeside town, known as the birthplace of opera, the setting of Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ and the place of banishment for Shakespeare’s star-crossed Romeo. Stroll through romantic piazzas and past medieval landmarks while learning about local culture from an insider guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$134.32
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Mantua Private Walking Tour

Mantua Private Walking Tour

You will discover the Unesco city of Mantua from the gardens of the ducal residence of the Gonzaga lords, the magnificent Ducal Palace and the cathedral overlooking the cobbled Piazza Sordello Up to the fabulous lake and Palazzo Te
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$161.76
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$161.76
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CSTRents - Mantova Segway PT Authorized Tour

CSTRents - Mantova Segway PT Authorized Tour

• 3-hour Segway tour lead by an expert local guide • See top Mantova. From piazza Marconi to piazza Mantegna that, together with the adjacent piazza Erbe, forms the city centre where stands the Saint Andrew’s Basilica, celebrated work of the Renaissance art. We get to the picturesque piazza Erbe with its medieval buildings; the Reason’s Palace and Saint Laurence’s Rotunda being the most outstanding ones. We arrive in piazza Sordello to admire the Ducal Palace or Gonzaga Royal Palace and moreover the Cathedral and Bonacolsi Palace, and then we continue towards the lakes. Our back course gets onto piazza Castello and provides even more surprises before heading back, along comfortable and safe paths, to the arrival at the Tea Palace. • Hear tales of colorful history from a knowledgeable guide • Enjoy a Segway sightseeing tour that’s suitable for all fitness levels • Small-group tour with a maximum of eight people ensures a personalized experience
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$134.32
Price varies by group size
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$134.32
Price varies by group size
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Mantova Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Mantova Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a Renaissance gem in Northern Italy that is often skipped in favor of the main cities. As you stroll through the historic center, your expert guide will provide you with the crucial context necessary to truly appreciate this enchanting city. On this 2.5-hour private tour, you'll visit must-see landmarks including St. George's Castle and Palazzo Ducale, residences of the Gonzaga family who ruled the city during the Renaissance, discover lovely piazzas and admire its remarkable churches.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$131.81
Price varies by group size
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$131.81
Price varies by group size
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