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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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The other one of the two must sees in Mantova

This is the classic palace in the heart of the city. It is splendidly decorated, even after Napoleon did his usual thing. The ceilings are superb, the architecture and gardens... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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Vicenza, Italy
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102 reviews 102 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is the classic palace in the heart of the city. It is splendidly decorated, even after Napoleon did his usual thing. The ceilings are superb, the architecture and gardens both amazing. Hidden gems abound, such as a coin collection, an Egyptian sarcophagus, etc.

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Limoges, France
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This visift is a MUST : the structure is already incredible, with its medieval building in bricks and terracotta, but inside it hides real treasures. Decorated rooms (frescoes and tapestries), paintings, statues...You can learn a lot about the Dukes of Mantova, the Gonzaga, and the main artists of the period in this area. Only 43 rooms (on over 500) can... More 

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Bolu, Turkey
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92 reviews 92 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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120 helpful votes 120 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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139 helpful votes 139 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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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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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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59 helpful votes 59 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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41 helpful votes 41 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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