A masterpiece designed by architect Giulio Romano, Palazzo Te is a blend of palace and villa architecture. The four facades with rustic-looking walls and flat pilasters appear symmetrical. Take a closer look, though, and you'll see that the spaces between the columns do not match. Few windows in the inner courtyard, plus an uneven and broken plaster textures, add to the true Mannerist style Romano loved. The exterior of the palace was finished quickly, but the interior took ten years to complete. An entire team of decorators covered every room with frescoes. The most famous is Romano's invented dome on the ceiling in the Room of Giants. Using our world travel planner, Mantua attractions like Palazzo Te can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Palazzo Te Reviews
Definitely worth visiting and some amazing architecture, but they had the worst audio guide I have ever heard. So much detail about the art with almost nothing about the history of the palace or any..... more »
Palazzo Te is an amazing over the top palace with every room adorned with frescos. Many drawings are erotic and even pornographic. Some are off-limits to those under 18. A fascinating insight into... more »
A nice historical/architectural site in Mantova. The rooms inside are beautiful, the outside is a little empty. I went in the summer so it was also too hot to walk in the garden. Unfortunately the bar and library were being renewed, so I don't know what they were like. The website is well made.
Enormous palace with huge rooms each portrayed in specific architectural and lavish wall paintings and historic sculptures
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