Palazzo Ducale di Mantova, Mantua

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Must see · Art Museum · Architectural Building
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More like a small city than a palace, Palazzo Ducale di Mantova features 500 rooms built from the 14th century onwards. It covers 3.5 hectares (8.6 acres). Explore the complex's buildings, inner courtyards, and gardens. You'll see large frescoes, intricate wooden detailing, Roman artifacts, and paintings by local and famous Italian artists. Visit the duke's apartments, which for four centuries was home to Mantua's Gonzaga family. Use our Mantua trip itinerary planning website to visit Palazzo Ducale di Mantova on your trip to Mantua, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Impressive building with a seemingly endless array of rooms, some of which are quite impressive but there are so many and they are so similar that despite being surrounded by frescoes and carved... 
    Impressive building with a seemingly endless array of rooms, some of which are quite impressive but there are so many and they are so similar that despite being surrounded by frescoes and carved...  more »
  • Just the shear scale of it is impressive. Glad I didn't live here in the old days. It was almost like a maze. One huge room after the other, and most amazingly beautiful. Also beautiful gardens 
    Just the shear scale of it is impressive. Glad I didn't live here in the old days. It was almost like a maze. One huge room after the other, and most amazingly beautiful. Also beautiful gardens  more »
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  • Great art, not enough info :/ The path is sometimes indicated in a subtle way, so it’s easy to skip parts of the visit. While there are extensive descriptions for the main artworks and rooms, the rest of the labels are quite short and don’t provide much info. You can book tickets online and the queue is shorter, but why don’t allow the purchase online altogether? So: the art, the rooms, the history… all great. But as a museum it should be designed and managed better. Whoever is running things in this potentially fabulous attraction should do better to do it justice.
  • Mantova is a very nice beautiful antique town. Palazzo Ducale is an old and must visit castle. I wanted to see residential apartments, but access is denied. It is possible to see only the bedroom of queen. The frescoes by Andrea Mantegna are gorgeous.

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