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Museo di Palazzo Ducale

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Address: Piazza Sordello 40, 46100, Mantua, Italy
Phone Number: 0376-352100
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Day Trip by Train to UNESCO Site Mantua Including Mincio River Cruise

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Fabulous, well worth it

This is THE must-do in Mantua - a world heritage site. The Palace along with the Castle next door make up a fabulous complex of buildings with fantastic interiors and treasures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

This is THE must-do in Mantua - a world heritage site. The Palace along with the Castle next door make up a fabulous complex of buildings with fantastic interiors and treasures. Thoroughly worth the visit, a short walk from the centre, make sure you allow plenty of time for the self-guided tour.

London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

My review of the castle itself might be biased by the lady in the ticket office, who charged me a full price instead of half price ticket, even though I explained (and provided proof) that I was under-25 and an EU citizen, and was extremely unfriendly throughout. Nonetheless, after the breathtaking Sala dei Giganti in the Palazzo Te, the Camera... More 

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Hertfordshire UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Ducal palace and castle are probably the highlight in this hidden gem of a city. A vast well preserved and presented collection of Italian medieval art. The Camera degli Sposi is a must see, with brilliant 15th C frescoes bright and fresh.

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Orange County, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

The staff seems to actually know things. It's amazing. In Italy, the people one would consider "attendants" in a museum room are a wealth of knowledge. They speak like professors who truly love what it is they are looking at. I was impressed and gladdened by such love for art. The palazzo is a must. Also to note is the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This visit would take you 2-3 hours. First you visit the old Castle with a few paintings of the Gonzaga family. Than you'll visit around 60 halls of paintings and sculptures. Most of them collected in the Museo from other palaces arount Mantova.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

The Ducal Palace comprises a series of largely empty rooms, although you may be momentarily distracted by some of the frescos and richly decorated ceilings. However, it is well worth buying a combined ticket for the Palace and Castle. Only a few rooms can be visited in the Castle, but one of them contains Mantegna's terrific frescos of the Gonzaga... More 

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Turin, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Built and modified over the centuries by the mighty Gonzaga dukes, the castle and its collection allow one to fully experience the history and spirit of this beautiful city.

Thank anonymus_Turin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Brilliant place - huge. Sadly some closed off when we visited, but still worthwhile and lots to see. Hard to believe in was built and painted so long ago.

Thank MissFussyBerkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Mantua was a place I had to go as I researched Leonardo Da Vinci. The history of the Gonzaga family of over 500 years is incredible and something we never hear abut. The Gonzaga's were very powerful and related to the Sfroze family in Milan both places Leonard set up shop. Leonardo painted Isabell Este but her husband got rid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Amazing museum with interesting artwork and grounds. I was surprised by the quality and quantity of artwork. If you have any interest in art and painting specifically, you can't miss this place. It's lavishly adorned with all types of art.

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