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Palazzo Te, Mantua

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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 international travel planner, Mantua attractions like Palazzo Te can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We took a detour to Mantua driving from Parma to Bologna just to visit Palazzo Te. It was absolutely worth it, a real masterpiece of Giulio Romano. There is a parcel of land behind the palace (probabl...  more »
  • This place is really beautiful. The paintings in the various rooms are splendid, take the time to read the captions and they guide you through the narration of the walls. It is odd as there is little ...  more »
  • Amazingly well preserved frescos fro the Renaissance in it - I recommend the room with the giants. You'll feel surrounded by Polifemo and his brothers. Must see.  more »
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  • Very beautiful place in a very beautiful city. It is totally worth it. Mantova is a great city and the Te Palace is a must in Mantova and in Italy.
  • It was the palace of the Gonzaga court festivities. Do not miss the Hall of Giants.
  • When you think of Mantua you think immediately Palazzo Te! This is the symbol of the city in the minds of all, and with good reason. Recently departed from the city center, at the end of the street of the Prince is this extraordinary, and unique in its kind, palace for the parties and the idle leisure of the Gonzaga court! Powered by the sublime and eclectic mind of Giulio Romano you can have fun in reading his "rebellious" spirit of classic architecture, the freedoms that it takes just to amuse the visitor! The rooms are painted with extraordinary exceedingly astonishing effigies, the Hall of Giants, the horse room to that of love and psyche, to name only the most famous. Questionable, however, the artistic choices on temporary exhibitions. Not to be missed, to prepare ourselves to visit the palace it takes at least two hours! @gargio76
  • From one room to the next, exceeds all expectations. Superb!
  • If you're choosing between palazzo ducale and palazzo te, choose palazzo te.