Coming out from the city instead you can visit: Fort Pietole (boat ride on 15th August), Castellaro Lagusello Morainic hills, Solferine, Palace of Revere, locks Governolo, Commessaggio, Rivarolo Mantovano, Ponti Sul Mincio, Gardaland / Sigurtà, Bosco Fontana / Bertone Park.
South of Lake Garda, between the banks of the River Mincio, it is possible to see the wonderful Parco del Mincio that is home to several species of flora and fauna. We recommend a boat trip along the river to see the trees and bushes that grow along the banks of the River Mincio in flower, just one of the many nature trips that you can make in this area.
The towns named Sabbioneta, a wonderful example of Renaissance architecture and San Benedetto Po, where it is possible to visit the Polirone Abbey, the large Sanctuary dedicated to Santa Maria delle Grazie about 7 km from Mantova, are both interesting from a historical and cultural point of view.
MANTUA’s FOOD AND WINE TRADITIONS
Mantova’s cuisine is much liked due to its variety of recipes and its strong, intense tastes. Some of the most common ingredients used are pumpkin, the basic ingredient of the pies and risottos prepared here, pike, that is served grilled or prepared in a sauce, and the type of rice called Vialone Nano, which is cultivated in the fertile land around Mantova and the famous mustard.
The most popular local cheeses are Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano, both made in this area since ancient times. Pork meat, the historical resource used incessantly in this area, deserves a section all of its own. No part of a pig is wasted here: cotechino sausage, Mantova salami, pork crackling and the famous gras pistà: pork lard mixed with garlic and parsley and served on slices of toasted polenta.