Art and theatre to dream of fantastic worlds

18-month and beyond: the new generations and who is connected with them

A world of artists on the stage… and in the street

The festival's history

Created in 2006, it started out as the Festival Segni d’infanzia and in 2016, thanks to a broadening of the target audience and an important European recognition, it was transformed into SEGNI NEW GENERATIONS FESTIVAL.

SEGNI is an international art and theatre event whose exceptional spectators are boys and girls, teenagers and young adults, 18 months and older!
Italian and international artists and companies among the most recognised and innovative on the world scene perform in shows, workshops and art itineraries in the most beautiful places in the city of Mantua.

It involves the world of schools, families, and all players in the cultural sector for the new generations. It is a space of exchange and inspiration for all those who love theatre, research and the languages of the arts.

SEGNI has obtained the President of the Italian Republic’s endorsement in the form of a Representation Award as a guarantee of the quality of the artistic project.

From 2020 SEGNI is also on the platform, where it is possible to visit, year by year, digital content and the schedule of past editions.


2022 for the public and cultural delegates



IN THE ARCHIVE the programmes and all the covers of past editions with SYMBOLIC ANIMALS drawn by artists such as Dario Fo.

Edition 2024

The 19th edition will take place from October 6th to November 4th, 2024.

The Programme for nex edition of SEGNI Festival is work in progress, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the Festival and Segni d’infanzia activities.


Take a look to the 18th edition of SEGNI New Generations Festival browsing the gallery, the programming, also on to revisit some of this year’s unforgettable moments!

Join us

You can be part of the audience with your classmates or family, you can help organize and carry out events by becoming a volunteer or by testing your creativity partecipating in the Contest or suggesting a show or artistic project.


Do you want to become a Segni volunteer? – Write an email to or call us at +39 0376.752417 for more information.

If you believe in the importance of culture, theater and art, you can contribute with your enthusiasm and your time to the realization of the festival.

We assure you an experience full of emotions, inputs, encounters.

Everyone from 14 years old upwards can participate. Parents’ authorization is required for those under 18.

For those coming from outside Mantua is possible to organize personalized solutions for accommodation based on skills and motivations.

If you attend a Secondary School or University, you can actively participate in the Festival through PCTO, internship or curricular placement.

Cultural Operators and Professionals

The 19th edition of SEGNI New Generations Festival will be in Mantua from October 6th to November 4th, 2024.

Within the programme of the Festival, the non-formal training events “MASTERCLASS PASTAMADRE” are planned: aimed at teachers, cultural delegates, professionals, artists and teenagers and aimed at introducing new forms of cooperation for a holistic approach to cultural management and international cooperation.

The PASTA MADRE Masterclasses are a new way of creating alliances, already experimented in the last three editions of SEGNI Festival, during which participants meet and, as in the magic of the multiplication of mother yeast with water and flour, from an initial cell, people multiply knowledge and skills through this experience of live exchange and knowledge transmission.

Write to for more information on how to participate and sign up to our newsletter to receive the programme of PASTAMADRE Masterclasses once defined.


Applications  for the 19th edition of SEGNI New Generations Festival, in Mantova (Italy) from October 6th  to November 4th, 2024 , are now closed. 

Artists and companies have until December 31st at 23:59 (CET) of every year to submit their shows for the next edition.

Write to for more information on how to participate as a cultural operator or professionals.

Tickets office


To request photographic material, insights and interviews with the Artistic Director or scheduled artists, write to giving the contact details of the relevant media (name, phone, website, email address) and of a designated journalist.

The 19th edition of SEGNI New Generations Festival will be in Mantova from October 6th to November 4th, 2024.


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DOWNLOAD HERE an excerpt from the 2023 press review


Families, yound people, adults and cultural operators from all over Italy and abroad, during the days of SEGNI, choose Mantua as the city where to  experience a unique stay among art and theater, combining the vision of the shows with the visit of the historical and artistic places.

Reaching Mantova

By car

  • Highway A22 Modena-Brennero (exits Mantova Sud – town of Bagnolo San Vito; Mantova Nord – town of San Giorgio di Mantova)
  • Highway A4 Milano-Venezia exits Desenzano, Sirmione, Peschiera e Verona Sud
  • Highway A1 exits Parma Est and Reggio Emilia.


Mantua is reached by:

  • Flixbus, the stop is located in front of the Campo Canoa bus stop at Strada Cipata 16 – Mantua.
  • Marinobus, the stop is located in front of the train station at Piazza Don Leoni, 14

Urban and suburban public transportation service is operated by Apam. Full routes and schedules here.


There are direct connections from Milan stations (until 2026 from Bozzolo* with substitute bus Mantova-Bozzolo) Verona, Modena, Bologna, Padua, Monselice, Venice, Florence, Rome.

Other connections, with 1 change, are Trento, Bolzano, Parma, Turin. The train station is located in town, at Piazza Don Leoni, 14, in a five-minute walk from the city center.

*update: starting January 2024 til December 2026 the Mantua-Milan railway line is affected by upgrading works. To allow for the construction sites operation, rail traffic will be interrupted between Bozzolo and Mantua. For the duration of the disruption, trains will be replaced with buses between Bozzolo and Mantova. Regular train circulation between Bozzolo and Piadena.

Check the Trenord website for more information and updates.

We also point out the presence of the Reggio Emilia High-Speed station, reachable in only 50 minutes by car, with car parking.


Mantua can be reached from

Valerio Catullo (Villafranca VR) – 45 mins by car from Mantua

Orio al Serio (Bergamo) – 1h40 mins by car from Mantua

Milano Malpensa (Milano) – 2h30 by car from Mantua

Milano Linate (Milano) – 1h50 by car from Mantua

G. Marconi (Bologna) – 1h10 by car from Mantua

Moving around


The bike is the most convenient and fastest way to get around in a city like Mantua, with a good cycle lane infrastructure. Download the RideMovi APP and register on the appropriate one platform for the rental service of bikes and electric bikes.


Reach all the SEGNI festival venues comfortably and without problems with the lines of APAM!

The historic center of Mantua is served by the CC line (circular) that goes around the center. You can buy your ticket at the tabacco shops, at APAM infopoints, at APAM vending machines located throughout the area of Mantova, or directly on board and digitally, easily with the Dropticket and MooneyGo apps or the TAP TO GO service. Read more about the tickets here.

If you park in Campo Canoa or at Palazzo Te you can reach the center for free with the APAM shuttle, every day from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (Saturdays, Sundays and on holidays starting at 9:00 am). Consult the timetables and stops of the APAM free shuttle here.

Consult all the routes and the timetables on or contact the Customer Care every day from 7:30 am to hours 7:00 pm at +39.0376.230339, via email to, on whatsapp at 348 2317678, on Facebook (APAM Mantova) or on Twitter (#apam_mn).


To use this service, register on the site and download the app.


T. 0376 368844 | M. 335 5959285 |


To reach the ticket office:  in the Valletta Valsecchi neighborhood, free car park in the immediate vicinity, and in  Piazzale Montelungo, Stadium area as well.

Attention: the stadium car park and the Piazzale di Porta Cerese are affected by traffic closures and a parking ban with removal on the days when the football match takes place. Please pay attention to the road signs that are placed in the vicinity of the event.

Paying parking lot (blue stripes) in Piazza D’Arco, Piazza Virgiliana, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Viale Montello, Piazzale Gramsci, Piazza Seminario Parking, Piazza San Giovanni, Parking lots in Lungo Lago, Piazza Anconetta, Piazza Polveriera. Zone 1 €1,70/h e €8,50/day – Zone 2 €1,30/h e €6,50/day- Zone 3 €0,80/h e € 4,00/day.

Private and video-monitored car parks Scarsellini Parking (University) (1,80€/h or 12€/day), Pradella Parking (1€/h or 5€/working days o 3€/holiday), Mazzini Parking (starting from 2€/h), Gonzaga Parking (1,90€/h daytime or 1,20€ night time or €6/day), Castello Parking(2,50€/h).

Free parking: Piazzale Montelungo (Stadio/Te exchange car park) and Campo Canoa car park: at two opposite gates of Mantua with a free shuttle service (every 10 minutes, every day, til 9pm) to the centre.

Primaticcio Parking (Palazzo Te area), without interchange service, Viale Montello, 37, 46100 Mantua MN.



Equipped rest stops 

AREA SPARAFUCILE – via Legnano, 1/a – 24€/day with camper service

PARCO PAGANINI – via Fiera, 11 – Grazie di Curtatone (MN) – 15€/day with camper service – connection to the centre via APAM bus line 5


  • Albergo Bianchi Stazione

Piazza Don Eugenio Leoni, 24 – Mantova  –

tel. +39.0376.326465


  • Hotel Italia

Piazza Felice Cavallotti, 8, 46100 Mantova MN



  • Hotel Casa Poli

Corso Garibaldi, 32, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.288170


  • Cascina La Goliarda

Via al Lago, 8/A, 46010 Curtatone MN

tel. +39.380.6573998
  • Agriturismo Cipolli e Podò – Corte Carlini

Strada Fossamana, 11 – Mantova

tel. +39.336.641173

Eat and drink



Portici, Via Broletto, 16, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.327826

fb: Bar Caravatti | Ig: barcaravatti

Closed on Mondays


Cento Rampini

Trattoria, traditional restaurant

Piazza Erbe, 11, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.366349 |

Closed on Sunday nights and Mondays


Circolo Culturale Arci Papacqua

International School of Shiatsu

Biobar and vegetarian and vegan restaurant

tel. +39.0376.364636 | | fb: arcipapacqua

Closed on Saturday nights and Sundays




Corte dei Sogliari, 4, 46100 Mantova MN  (Corso Umberto I)

tel. +39.335.6869686

fb: Ristorante Giallozucca

Closed on Thursdays and Sunday nights


Il Ristorantino

Ristaurant, pizza & burger 

Via Giuseppe Verdi, 55, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.1961212

fb: ilristorantino.mantova

Closed on Wednesdays for lunch



Restaurant & Cocktail bar

Piazza Leon Battista Alberti, 19, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.1506092 | | ig: laboratoriomn

Open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and every night

Closed on Tuesdays


La fragoletta


Piazza Arche, 5a, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.323300 |

Closed on Mondays


LaCucina srl


Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 17, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.0376.1513735 | | fb: lacucina.mantova

Closed on Sunday nights and Mondays for lunch


Lo Scalco Grasso

Contemporary Osteria

Via Trieste, 55, 46100 Mantova MN

tel. +39.349.3747958 | | fb: Lo Scalco Grasso

Closed on Sunday nights and Mondays for lunch



The festival is a unique opportunity to combine the viewing of performances with a visit to the historical-artistic sites of the city of Mantua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its many museums.

Several SEGNI events are held in wonderful art places!

To better organize your visit to the city, contact:

Infopoint Casa di Rigoletto, Piazza Sordello, 43, Mantua

Tel. +39.0376.288208 –

IAT Mantova, Piazza Mantegna, 6, Mantua

Tel. +39.0376.432432 –




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