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There is a lot to see in this glorious ducal palace. Not all parts were. Open when there, some in am and somein pm. This was a city of great wealth and this is seen in the palace. Signage good, in English as well as...More
I am not sure what impressed us the most, the architecture of the building, the decorations on the walls and ceilings, or the art, including the collection of porcelain figurines. There was just so much to take in!
The signage in English was informative. If...More
You have seen many imitations of Renaissance frescoes on wall and ceilings but this is the absolute real thing, commissioned by the connaisseurs Gonzague in the 1400 s.
They also collected Hellénistique sculpture. The coffered ceilings are amazing
The palace is actually an ensemble of several buldings from the 14th to the 17th century. It belonged to the powerful Gonzaga family, Dukes of Mantua.
It's a must see in Mantua in order to understand the greatness of Gonzaga family.
A History lesson in...More
Due to time constraints (mostly hunger pangs), our party did not dawdle going through the Palazzo Ducale, and it still took us a good 90 minutes. We likely could have learned much more about its history be reading all the informational plaques along the way,...More
Beautiful, enormous palace complex built by the enormously rich and powerful Gonzague family over 5 centuries;
We decided to focus on the brilliant frescoes by Andrea Mantegna in the Camera degli Sposi, before visiting the rest of the palace, and are very glad we did!...More
The Ducal Palace complex and St George’s Castle are a series of magnificent buildings. It’s huge and undoubtedly costly and complex for the government to run. Unfortunately this is all too obvious. The first oddity is the ticket office, which mysteriously is not at the...More