Getting There -- Six direct trains depart daily from Milan Stazione Centrale (1 hr. 50 mins.; 11.50€). There are nine daily trains from Verona (30–40 min.; 3.95€).
The speediest connections from Milan are via the A4 autostrade to Verona, then the A22 from Verona to Mantua (about 2 hrs.).
Visitor Information -- The tourist office is at Piazza Mantegna 6 (www.turismo.mantova.it; (tel) 0376-432-432), and is open on weekends from 9am to 5pm; during the week, hours are 9am to 1:30pm and 2:30 to 5pm (until 6pm in spring and summer). It’s just to the right of the entrance to the basilica of Sant’Andrea.
City Layout -- Mantua is tucked onto a fat finger of land surrounded on three sides by the Mincio River, which widens into a series of lakes, named prosaically Lago Superiore, Lago di Mezzo, and Lago Inferiore. Most of the sights are within an easy walk of one another within the compact center, which is a 15-minute walk northwards from the lakeside train station.