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Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, Mantua

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Must see · Art Museum · Architectural Building
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More like a small city than a palace, Palazzo Ducale di Mantova features 500 rooms built from the 14th century onwards. It covers 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres). Explore the complex's buildings, inner courtyards, and gardens. You'll see large frescoes, intricate wooden detailing, Roman artifacts, and paintings by local and famous Italian artists. Visit the duke's apartments, which for four centuries was home to Mantua's Gonzaga family. Use our Mantua trip itinerary planning website to visit Palazzo Ducale di Mantova on your trip to Mantua, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The sheer scale of this Palace was enormous, and we had been warned. Room after room of frescoes and other art. Some passageways decorated immaculately with seemingly hundreds of busts of... 
    The sheer scale of this Palace was enormous, and we had been warned. Room after room of frescoes and other art. Some passageways decorated immaculately with seemingly hundreds of busts of...  more »
  • Impressive building with a seemingly endless array of rooms, some of which are quite impressive but there are so many and they are so similar that despite being surrounded by frescoes and carved... 
    Impressive building with a seemingly endless array of rooms, some of which are quite impressive but there are so many and they are so similar that despite being surrounded by frescoes and carved...  more »
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  • Honestly, I expected more from this palace, as a lot of people I know have always raved about it. The first part of the building is empty, with some dark paintings, therefore very ugly. The second part, however, is really very beautiful. About Camera degli Sposi, I thought it was more beautiful sincerely, but it's still nice to see it btw. However, what I didn't like at all is that you have to leave your umbrellas/things at the entrance, you have to put your backpack in front of you (literally no sense) and they are absolutely faithful to the time of entry. Too many people giving themselves importance in this museum...To then recover the things left at the entrance, you must exit completely and re-enter from where you entered. If it rains you literally get wet. Absolutely an awful management
  • Great surprise in Montova which Is by no means the best known city of Italy, but this palace felt more as it was at the time than other more re-designed places. And if your kids know their Greek mythology (Illiad and Odyssey) this is like a giant comic strip. Don’t let the kids miss the horses painted on the roof. They change direction when the looker moves! Much more spectacular than Mona Lisa looking your way at the Louvre in Paris!

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