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Museo di Palazzo Ducale.
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Mantua and Ferrari City Day Trip from Verona
Ranked #7 of 105 things to do in Mantua
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“Will Worth A Visit”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Outstanding historical site and museum will worth a visit. Wonderful exhibits, many of which are in original condition or have been restored. The museum gives one an understanding of the history and past living conditions of the powerful royal families who occupied the area. Not something to rush through, allow yourself 2 to 3 hours to fully comprehend and enjoy.

Visited May 2013
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“Massive shambolic house of delights”
Reviewed 6 June 2013

Unlike Palazzo Te, the staff make it their purpose in life to harrass anyone with the most innocuous camera, with or without flash.
Will be back when they open the Camera di Sposi.
A few signs & maps that made sense would help.

Visited May 2013
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

This is quite something! You'll be surprised at the vastness of the place, even though some is closed following the earthquake. But you'll be able to witness what remains of 300 years of the Gonzaga dynasty. And, by the way, there's a Gonzaga carwash on the outskirts of town. Wonder if it's a descendent?
don't miss the mosaics in the temporary cube building in the same square.

Visited May 2013
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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“Gonzaga's splendour”
Reviewed 6 May 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 16 March 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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