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“Gonzaga's splendour”

Museo di Palazzo Ducale.
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Mantua and Ferrari City Day Trip from Verona
Ranked #7 of 107 things to do in Mantua
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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“Gonzaga's splendour”
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Not every room is well preserved, but what is preserved takes you back to golden days of Mantova rulers.
Unfortunately some rooms, also those with Mantegna's frescoes are closed because of the restoration works after earthquake in 2012.

Visited April 2013
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Mantua, Italy
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“Visit and Save the Ducal Palace of Mantua!”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

The Ducal Palace in Mantua is commonly described as "a city within the city": a labyrinth of more than five hundred rooms, corridors and courtyards, which, together with the gardens, covers an area of over 35.000 meters squared. A truly monumental complex, consisting of buildings constructed at different times and for different purposes, then connected by stairs, corridors and hallways. The palace, which has been the home and headquarters of the Gonzaga family for almost four centuries (1328 to 1707), is an extraordinary composite of the history of European art and architecture: Examples of the Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque periods are all here to be found. But this extraordinary monument is now in difficulty: the repeated earthquakes which struck Mantua in May 2012, inflicted a great deal of damage to the Palace. More than fifty rooms were affected.
In the weeks immediately following the earthquakes, a first small portion of the Ducal Palace was reopened to visitors.
In September 2012, the number of rooms made safe and reopened was increased, reaching to cover almost a third of the extension of the Ducal Palace, corresponding to the Old Court, the area less affected. Unfortunately the Castle of St. George (where the Mantegna frescoes are) and the New Court are still closed.
Restoration is now going on. Visiting the Ducal Palace, you can see the late-gothic frescoes by Pisanello, a great altarpiece by Rubens and stunning tapestries deigned by Raphael. The visitor’s Route also includes the private rooms of Isabella d’Este, Marchioness of Mantua, who – during her life time – was described as “The First Lady of the World”.
So – even after the earthquake and awaiting for the end of the restoration works – the Ducal Palace is REALLY still worth a visit. And, please, remember that your visit helps the financing of the restoration. The plea is therefore spread to all men and women of good will: Visit and Save the Ducal Palace of Mantua!

Visited March 2013
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“Rich artwork in the Gonzaga palace.”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

The family Gonzaga held sway over Mantova in the Middle Ages and built this fine palace. Many interesting rather than spectacular things to see, and it can be confusing as many works of art rescued by the city are kept here though they were not originally based here. Superb paintings and the Room of Mirrors is magnificent.

No doubt the place is refreshingly cool in summer, but it was freezing - the guides wear fur coats, so wrap up well in winter.

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Los Angeles, California
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“More People Should Visit”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

There were very few tourists when we visited, but Il Palazzo Ducale was a highlight of our trip. I wish we had allocated more time to our stay in Mantua, which we enjoyed much more than Verona. Not to be missed if you like frescoes.

Visited September 2012
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Arezzo
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“Fabulous Palace of the Gargonza”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Not to be missed this fantastic palace in the heart of Mantova. We had a guide and spent 2 hours in this special place. The guide was well worth it.

Visited November 2012
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