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  • 1 Mantua's Ducal Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazzetta Sordello 40 I - 46100 Mantova

    This superb palace built by the Bonacolsi, later enlarged and embellished by the Gonzagua has two admirable elements. First, the apartments, with one room decorated with remarkable sinopie by Pisanello discovered in 1969 ; and second, in the Castel S..

  • 2 Palazzo Te (Palais Te) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Viale Te 13 I - 46100 Mantova

    This huge house was built by Giulio Romano for Federico II Gonzaga between 1525 and 1535, and mirrors the Roman villa style with its classical arrangement. The interior was lavishly decorated by the artist and his team. The Room of Psyche features a ..

  • 3 Piazza Sordello (Sordello square) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Sordello I - 46100 Mantova

    This is a medieval square in the centre of old Mantova bordered by the Bonacolsi palace which is flanked by the Cage tower (wrongdoers were once exposed to public condemnation) and theEpiscopal palace the façade of which stands out for its two atlant..

  • 4 Piazza delle Erbe Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza delle Erbe I - 46100 Mantova

    Bordered by the rear facade of the Palazzo Broletto on one side and the Palace of Reason on the other, this square, which is named after one of Italy's most colourful fruit and vegetable markets is also dominated by a 15C Clock Tower and the Rotonda ..

  • 5 Rotonda di S. Lorenzo Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza delle Erbe I - 46100 Mantova

    This sober and elegant church, with its circular arrangement has a colonnaded ambulatory surmounted by a loggia and a cupola.

  • 6 S. Andrea (Basilique Saint-André) Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Piazza Andrea Mantegna I - 46100 Mantova

    Built in the 15C by Leon Battista Alberti, this is a masterpiece of Italian Renaissance architecture. The façade made up of clasical architectural features conceals a single nave with barrel vaulting and walls painted in trompe-I'oeil . The first cha..

  • 7 Teatro Scientifico (Teatro Accademico Bibiena) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Accademia 47 I - 46100 Mantova

    This small, pretty theatre was built in the 18C by Antonio Bibiena. It has a stage set in imitation marble with four orders of loggie decorated with chiaroscuro. The theatre which welcomed the 13-year old Mozart on 16 January 1770, is still used for ..

  • 8 Piazza Broletto

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Broletto I - 46100 Mantova

    This was the centre of public life during the communal era (13C). Here you will see the Palace of the Podestà (or Broletto palace), built in the 13C and which was partially remodelled two centuries later. On its façade, it has a seated statue of Virg..

  • 9 Palazzo d'Arco (Palais d'Arc)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Piazza Carlo d'Arco 4 I - 46100 Mantova

    This Palladian inspired neoclassical palace accommodates interesting collections of furniture, paintings and ceramics from the 18C

  • 10 Palazzo di Giustizia (Palais de Justice)

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Via Poma 11 I - 46100 Mantova

    The monumental facade of the Law Courts with caryatids is early 17C. At No.18, further along the in the same street is Romano's house built in 1544 to his own designs, by Giulio Romano (1499-1546), a pupil of Raphael.

  • 11 House of Mantegna

    Museums and art

    Via Acerbi 47 I - 46100 Mantova

    This severe brick building (1476) could almost have been designed by the artist himself. Square in plan, it has an attractive circular courtyard recalling the Camera degli Sposi. Acquired by the local authority in 1940 and subsequently restored, it n..

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