Mantua (Italian Mantova), city, northern Italy, capital of Mantua Province, in Lombardy (Lombardia) Region, surrounded on three sides by the Mincio River. A tourist and agricultural center, Mantua has factories producing agricultural machinery, fertilizer, furniture, shoes, and toys. Mantua was one of the greatest Renaissance Courts in Europe and home of the wealthy Gonzaga family.
The town's center is three spacious and lively squares that join together, surrounded by beautiful buildings, cafes, and restaurants. Mantua has a lot to offer the traveler in Italy and was chosen as Italy's Most Livable City in 2005.
Among the notable buildings is the Doge's Palace (Palazzo Ducale), with frescoes by Andrea Mantegna, whose tomb is in Sant'Andrea, a basilica begun in the 15th century.