Mantova (or Mantua in English) is a small Italian city part of Lombardia, surrounded by three artificial lakes created during the 12th century, as the city’s defence system. This information itself had already caught my attention, but I got even more interested in visiting Mantova when I got to know that its historical center has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007. Since it’s very close to Milan and the train tickets cost mere 11 euros, I decided to pay it a visit, using the “1-day trip methodology”. The city is full of architectural treasures and elegant palaces, and the medieval and Renaissance cityscapes are just stunning.
The more I travel around these small towns in Italy, the more I get addicted to it. I strongly encourage you to quit your job, find some cheap car rides/train tickets, surf some couches and spend at least 3 months discovering the hidden Italian treasures! (The first recomendation is a bit risky, so don’t tell your boss it was my idea!) 😀