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Mantovas hidden gem

This, for us, was the best thing in Mantova. You have to be accompanied by a tour guide but it is... read more

Reviewed June 9, 2018
629adrianb
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Bakewell, United Kingdom
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18th C Mansion with a fully furnished interior.

After spending the morning at the Ducal Palace, then finding the Archaeological Museum closed until... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2017
Gene R J
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour which is led by a tour guide who was very interesting and knowledgeable - it was good to tour a house which still felt like a home and our tour guide who spoke good enough English was very informed about the house and the family who used to own it. Definitely worth a visit. We preferred this tour to the Ducal Palace and Palazzo Te because it was about real people and a real home. We even had the benefit of a recommendation from the guide for lunch in a central but quiet location.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

After visiting places which although beautiful were somewhat bare of furnishings, etc. it was nice to go around this palace and see their possessions ranging from 15th to 20th century stuff. I particularly enjoyed seeing the newly opened bedroom of the last countess who died their in 1979 aged 103. You can only go round with a guide and only, unfortunately, in Italian. Our guide kindly gave a brief summary in English which she spoke very well. There were also leaflets in English too.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed July 1, 2016

18th Century palace now open as a museum with the rooms in their original decorative schemes housing the collection accumulated in the house by the D'Arco family up to the 19th Century.
Though this is worth seeing from a social history perspective alone, and also from the perspective of an art lover or someone interested in decorative works, there are some particular paintings here of special note that are also worth the visit all by themselves. These are the collection of paintings based on the life of Alexander the great by Giuseppe Bazzani, of which all seven that he painted in this series are kept in a single room here. I had not heard much about this painter before, but there is something about these paintings that is truly special. They rival the best in the Louvre, or National Gallery in London, or the Uffizi. There is something of the Rubens about them in the colour and light, but almost something more. I could not find any good images of them on the internet that do them justice.
There is also a large collection of jelly moulds in the original kitchen here. The painted hall of the Zodiac, which is in a hall separate from the main palace, is also worth seeing. The painting is a bit more primitive, but as a complete decorative scheme it is quite impressive in its effect.
To look around the palace you must go with one of the periodic tours that are run by the staff from the front reception. These do not provide much commentary but they give you a booklet which explains each room in turn.

Date of experience: June 2016
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Reviewed May 31, 2016

If you can speak Italian, I would recommend the guided tour - around an hour in length and a guide who clearly knows a lot about and cares a great deal for the palace. For those unable to speak Italian, the guide book is adequate, although an audio guide would be perfect for the many treasures that are contained in the house.

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

I am sure the Palazzo d'Arco does not deserve one star, but I am not sure how else to warn Trip Advisor users not to go to Mantua in order to visit the Palazzo d'Arco. It recently closed for restoration work and the notice does not indicate when it is scheduled to re-open.

Date of experience: April 2014
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