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Museo di Palazzo Ducale

Piazza Sordello 40, 46100 Mantua, Italy
0376-352100
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Ranked #9 of 34 Attractions in Mantua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Caverns/ Caves, Museums
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Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Caverns/ Caves, Museums
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Tue - Sun 8:15 am - 7:15 pm

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Bolu, Turkey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Palazzo Ducale is a building imposing itself on the town. It is huge and having remarkable architectural features. The rooms are rich in ornamentation and decoration and contain a number of works of art. There were two negative isuues during my visit. I visited the city on o dark cloudy afternoon; the rooms of the museum were very dimly illuminated... More 

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New York City, New York
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18 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Easily the equal of the Palazzo Vecchio in Firenze, but without the crowds. It will take you the better part of a full day to do this place justice. We spent 5 hours going through it, and still felt like we didn't give everything the attention it deserves. Besides the artwork, each room is a treasure in itself. The Castello... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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161 reviews 161 reviews
47 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

In its heyday, Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, home to the reigning Gonzaga family, was the largest palace in Europe, housing over a thousand people within its 34,000 square meters. When the Hapsburgs pillaged the place, it took eight carriages to haul away the loot. What's left is still huge -- and hugely impressive. Damage sustained from a recent earthquake has been... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This museum is the top attraction in Mantua and has recently been restored after a major earthquake some years ago. It is a vast palazzo and the visit can be quite overwhelming as one goes from room to room.

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Great Guana Cay
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85 reviews 85 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Immense palace. The walking tour of 40 rooms with audio guide (recommended) is about 2 hours. Amazing. But it means you have missed about 460 other rooms! Living in a grand style for hundreds of years in the area that the Gonzagas ruled. Favorite place we visited in Mantua. Stop by the Just Cafe on the square for a drink... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A huge building of 35000 m2 & 500 rooms, was home to Gonzaga family between the years 1328-1707. After years of neglection it was renovated & is now a museum. However the main attraction are the amazing rooms with mosaic floors, painted walls & magnificent ceilings. One can only try to imagine how those rooms were at their prime before... More 

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Tortona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Museum of Palazzo Ducale, perhaps one of the most expensive and time-consuming attractions of the city, with a ticket fee of about € 10 per person, but apparently there is a motivation, in this huge building houses numerous works of art Mantegna and not only that, paintings and frescoes. In short, a pleasant immersion in the art of the Italian... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Not to be missed. A beautiful restoration by people who care about the history of this wonderful city.

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Adelaide, Australia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is an absolute must see. The palace is huge in size. Amazing works of art paint on walls and ceilings. Is really a series of palaces which have been joined together over the centuries. Over 500 rooms.

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London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

we did this last during our visit and are so pleased that we concentrated on the Palazzo Te - this was OK and reasonable at E6.50 : no discounts available to seniors

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