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Palazzo d'Arco

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The UNESCO–listed city of Mantua boasts a colorful history dating back to the Middle Ages, with hidden secrets round every corner. On this walking tour, follow a guide through the Old Town to the city’s top attractions and architectural landmarks, and learn what makes Mantua so special. Wander from the Ducal Palace’s pretty courtyards to the medieval Piazza Broletto, and listen as your guide brings Mantua’s past to life.
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Olivia Spencer Bower wrote a review Jun 2019
Rome, Italy61 contributions53 helpful votes
The tourist office explained that the Palazzo d’Arco was a neoclassical palazzo with all its furnishings, but failed to mention its greatest treasure, a hall in an earlier part of the palace with an intriguing and complicated cycle of fifteenth-century frescoes involving the signs of the zodiac. These had intriguing architectural landscapes, with the Colosseum present in several. It really is an unknown masterpiece, but they did not give you enough time there. Palazzo d’Arco is owned by a private family foundation. The rest of the rooms had good neoclassical interior decoration, including one room of frescoes with architectural views. There were one or two nice paintings but a lot of poor ones and copies. Open Monday morning when everything else is shut.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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halig0nian wrote a review Jun 2019
Halifax, Canada9 contributions3 helpful votes
The Palazzo can only be seen with a guided tour. No matter what they tell you at the entrance, it isn't worth it for visitors who don't speak Italian. The tour spends upwards of ten minutes in one room, and you run out of English language information to read rather quickly.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Adrian B wrote a review Jun 2018
Bakewell, United Kingdom589 contributions190 helpful votes
This, for us, was the best thing in Mantova. You have to be accompanied by a tour guide but it is only €7 each and the rooms, especially the zodiac room, are breathtaking. The tours are in Italian only but our lovely guide spoke good English and could answer all of our questions.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Patricia wrote a review May 2018
Oxford, United Kingdom208 contributions36 helpful votes
This palazzo was on the Matua card, fully decorated, was left to the city by the last owner. We could only look around the palazzo on the timed organised tour, which was in Italian, we were given a small piece of literature in English but it wasn't as comprehensive as the tour guides commentary. Took about an hour. The zodiac room was very interesting.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Gene R J wrote a review Oct 2017
Silver Spring, Maryland4,299 contributions596 helpful votes
After spending the morning at the Ducal Palace, then finding the Archaeological Museum closed until the afternoon, we walked 1 km west to this museum. The mansion is still furnished as it was when the last countess died in 1973 at 103, childless and willed the property to the city. It was included with our Mantova Card but can only be visited by guided tour. Luckily, we could soon join 6 others for one given in Italian. We were given an English brochure to read as we progressed through the 19 numbered rooms. Fortunately, our guide also made English translations of her speeches to 4 of us. After climbing the Grand Stairway, we entered the library that also had some of their porcelain collection. The Hall of the Ancestors had 60 family portraits from their castle in Arco, now in ruins. The kitchen was fully outfitted with copper molds on the walls, dinnerware on a long table, warmers on the stairs and a cooking fireplace and stove. Other rooms displayed their collection of religious art, a 16th C wooden chest with reliquaries, a set dining room table, a buffet/credenza full of dishes, and a music room. Descending to the exterior courtyard, we entered a wing with the countess’s last bedroom, completely furnished as when she died. Then we entered the gardens to the remains of an old palace, climbing a flight of stone steps. Here, we were all amazed to encounter the Room of the Zodiac(32' wide, 51' long and 21' high), filled with remarkably preserved brightly colored frescoes painted by Falconetto from 1509-1520. On our departure, we saw the wall plaque noting the dinner given for Mozart(and father) when he performed at the Teatro Accademico in 1769. This excellent museum was a pleasant change of pace from the concentration of Renaissance.
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Date of experience: October 2017
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