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  • Andrea Levoni
    Maranello, Italy184 contributions
    Palazzo Te is a Renaissance villa located in the southern area of of Mantua. Built between 1524 and 1534 on commission of the Marquis of Mantua Federico II Gonzaga,

    Its 12 rooms are literally covered with art, each room is different from the other.
    Written November 8, 2022
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  • linskitours
    Harpenden, UK526 contributions
    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 historical figures or were they the Gonzagas? We had lots of time but started to flag a bit near the end. I recall a few places where you can rest. Unlike some there was no pressure to move from the most famous rooms and we saw just two guided parties.

    It was not hard to imagine Peter Paul Rubens , Claudio Monteverdi and others working there in the early 17th century. But be warned this is an enormous area and will take well over 2 hours to do a basic tour.
    Written October 14, 2022
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  • linskitours
    Harpenden, UK526 contributions
    We went in just in time to see this fine church dressed for a wedding. We had to leave for it after about 20 minutes. My wife, a kern and very able flower arranger, really enjoyed the visit chatting to the team who had created superb floral displays down each side of the aisle. The final bonus was the organist rehearsing as we were ushered out.
    Written October 14, 2022
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  • linskitours
    Harpenden, UK526 contributions
    We were unhurried through this room where photos are not restricted. It is just wonderful to be able to admire this art. When much of Europe went from turmoil to turmoil the Gonzagas were embarking on 400 years of rule in Mantua and a great contribution to our civilisation. We were in awe of the quality and condition of what you can see.
    Written October 14, 2022
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  • Scott J
    London, UK142 contributions
    Not a lot to see as it's relatively small, but worth it for the take-your-breath-away feeling as you take it in.
    Written August 5, 2022
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  • Kjellaug T
    Sandnes, Norway215 contributions
    Nice little church off the square. Very different from most churches I've seen, but well worth a trip inside.
    Written July 22, 2022
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,487 contributions
    I drove over the bridge early evening in Autumn. Amazing views with all the history in front of you. Great Skyline and entry to this beautiful town
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • Pragbov
    Inverness, UK21 contributions
    A really good value tour of a noble family’s residence. You get a very good feel of their lifestyle.
    This was the only attraction in our 3 days in Mantua that had literature in English and it was well written and informative. We had to join a small Italian tour but the literature was perfect for each room and the tour guide pointed out some interesting facts in English for us which was very kind.
    A very professional tour and a Fab historic residence. Well worth the 10 euro entrance fee. Took about an hour and you finish in the shady gardens.
    Written June 19, 2022
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  • REDMAN
    Egaleo, Greece4,294 contributions
    Yes, take me to castles. I adore the feeling of a previous era and the fact that people lived, ruled and fought there hundreds of years before!
    Written September 19, 2019
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  • Colin H
    1 contribution
    An excellent museum housed in a large historic building. Many exhibits that are well presented including models, helmets, helicopters and a huge range of historic fire appliances (some restored). We looked in on a Monday when closed but we’re welcomed by one of the enthusiastic volunteers (former fire fighter). A must for fire fighting enthusiasts but also of general interest.
    Written May 16, 2022
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  • Warby
    Bicester, UK3,487 contributions
    Large piazza surrounded by restaurants and bars. Great sense of history with all the beautiful buildings around you. Popular area with great central location
    Written November 13, 2022
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  • Spectacle64
    Yorkshire, UK436 contributions
    Just like an Italian piazza should be. Bustling, full of restaurants. The heart of the city of Mantua.
    Written August 30, 2022
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  • Gianpaolo B
    Cremona, Italy1,685 contributions
    Very interesting place. If you got a time you have to visit the tower and see the clock.
    You will see greater sample of astronomic clock.
    Written September 23, 2019
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  • DamCar65
    92 contributions
    My main reason for visiting Mantua was chiefly because Giuseppe Sarto was bishop here (1884-1893) before becoming Pope St Pius X, in 1903. Alas, I was disappointed, since his cathedral church only has a very simple altar in his honour. Never the less, the Cathedral is still worth visiting. The current building is of the 11th century (built after the previous building burnt down and excavations show that this was a Christian religious site dating back to the early christians). The numerous modifications it has undergone take away any preset stylistic unity. Very much a mixed bag of Baroque, Romanesque and Gothic. However it is still an imposing building with an enormous amount of frescos. You could spend hours just examining them all. Several members of the Gonzaga family are buried here. Other historical artefacts can be found, with a 4th century sarcophagus being the oldest. The Blessed Sacrament chapel (to the left of the main altar) is also very beautiful and very peaceful.
    Written February 2, 2020
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