Palazzo Te, Mantua

4.6
Must see · World heritage site · Art Museum · Architectural Building
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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  • We enjoyed walking around Palazzo Te. The room ceilings, in particular, are worth viewing. There is a lot to see and it can take several hours. The palazzo is set in a large park away from the city...  more »
  • Another fantastic palazzo that seems to be off the the radars of guide book writers. Like Palazzo Ducale, simply one amazing room after another.  more »
  • The Palace is on the site of the former stables. The Duke used to give a horse to favoured friends & and the hall with frescos of horse's is unique. All of the Palace rooms are remarkable but the...  more »
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  • 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
  • The paintings were nice but the wheelchair wasn't working very well
  • The palace exceeded all expectations. It was not the main reason for our visit to Mantova. I’m not a big fan of Mannerism, but the architecture was truly harmonious. The frescoes inside were stunning. The collection of weights and measures from Quattrocento upstairs was unique and very interesting. The kids that played the role of the guides were fantastic. It’s a good idea to learn how to call a taxi in Mantova. Google the directions. The walk back to the hotel would be long and mostly lacking points of interest. Unless, you want to stop by the abandoned church where Isabella d’Este is buried with her spouse.
  • A series of magnificently decorated rooms, where the armosphere of wealth, enjoyment and leisure can be clearly perceived. A feast to the eye. The fifth star would be there, if the cafeteria and the museum shop had been open...

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