Small cities like this are great to explore without a plan; you can never get lost, and most of the points of interest are crammed within a five minute stroll. We wandered all over before circling back to see the castle and palazzo. We had lunch on the piazza and ended the day with stop at the playground. A fine Sunday.
A 17th century chapel.
La Rotonda di San Lorenzo
This is the oldest church in the city, dating from the 11th century. I'm going to take an educated guess and say it was probably the site of a pagan temple. What is most interesting though is for hundreds of years it was hidden by newer buildings and totally forgotten until 1907. Restoration went until 1911 when it was opened to the public. It's free to see today but donations are welcome.
You can just make out the frescos on the walls.
Castello di San Giorgio
Only a few rooms are open to the public, but luckily what you get to see is a room painted with beautifully preserved, bright frescoes done by Andrea Mantegna.
Sneaky fine art selfie!
Right around the corner is the palace, home to the noble Gonzaga family who ruled Mantua for about 400 years.
Seriously, every museum needs a puzzle play area for restless toddlers.
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