The province of Mantova is situated to the south-east of Milano. It occupies a strategic position near the capital of Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia regions.
Mantova is economically prosperous with around 42,800 companies, many of them small enterprises. Almost half (42%) are in the agriculture and trade sectors. 59% are owned by individuals, while a lot of firms employ just one worker (46.7%) or 2-5 workers (28.5%). Only 0.3% of enterprises employ more than 100 workers. Mantova is an affluent province (it has a GDP per capita of Euro31,521.22) and is wide open to international markets. In 2011 exports reached a total value of Euro 5,380 million.
Mantova's main trading partners are EU countries (Germany, France, Spain, Great Britain and Austria) and trade is concentrated in the following sectors: metals and metal products (20%); machinery (16%); clothes (15%); chemicals (14%); and food products (8%).
The port of Mantova Valdaro is the natural terminus of the Mantova- Adriatic waterway and the most important intermodal and logistics base in eastern Lombardy. Its trimodal freight transport system is world-class.
The quality of infrastructure and intermodal transport links places the province of Mantova at the forefront of logistics both in Lombardy and in Italy and greatly improves access to international markets.
Aside from its strategic location, Mantova is blessed with natural resources and has a rich cultural and artistic heritage. The province thus offers plenty of opportunities for cultural tourism.
Growth prospects for companies that have sustainable development as a priority are very bright. Businesses of this type are choosing to invest in Mantova so they can help regenerate its industrial system.
The province of Mantova lies near the heart of Europe and pivotal international trading routes. As well, Mantova is near to the most important Italian logistics centers. Verona (the most important logistics base in northern Italy) is only 40 km away as well.