Mantua is a city of art and history, located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy. The city is well known for its architecture, culture and its lakes. It is also home to several important universities and the Teatro alla Scala opera house. The city is surrounded by a series of lakes, the largest of which is Lake Garda. The lakes are a popular tourist destination, providing opportunities for swimming, fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The city is also home to a number of churches, palaces and other historical buildings.