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Palazzo Te, Mantua

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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  • The Palazzo is just splendid! The frescoes are so beautiful and detailed and varied you could spend hours looking at animals (lizards, goats, eagles, the horses!), the zodiac, Greek gods, Roman...  more »
  • Fabulous palace! Don’t miss the hidden Apartment in the garden and The Grotto! The room of Giants was astounding Extending around; and continuing up into the ceiling. There are two other museums...  more »
  • We didn’t expect this museum to live up to the hype, but it greatly exceeded expectations. The art is as inspirational as anywhere else we’ve seen throughout Italy.  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
  • 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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