The history of Mantua, a city located on the River Mincio and the birthplace of the poet Virgil, has its roots firmly planted in the four centuries of the Gonzaga Seigniory, a period during which it was one of the European capitals, a model of style and refinement, thanks to personages like Isabella d’Este and the first real great art collection in the world.

From the early 14th century to the late 18th century, the Gonzagas, thanks to a court consisting of leading intellectuals, and to the contribution of artists and architects such as Leon Battista Alberti, Andrea Mantegna and Giulio Romano, built a political and cultural capital as equally important as other well known centres like Venice, Florence and Rome.

Mantua, a Unesco World Heritage Site, has managed to preserve the urban splendour of the Renaissance and offers a range of major cultural events which, together with its cuisine, a skilful mix of Renaissance history, Jewish culture and family memories, find their maximum expression in a series of rich and tasty specialities.