An overlooked Renaissance gem
With this walking tour you will discover the must-see attractions of Mantua city centre and Ducal Palace. Wrapped in water Mantua is an overlooked Renaissance gem; a mini-Florence, rich with art. Where Florence had the Medicis, Mantua had the Gonzagas who ruled the city for about 400 years, commissioning the finest Renaissance craftmen. Waking down the city you first meet Rigoletto's House and then the Ducal Palace. The Palazzo Ducale is a group of buildings built between 13th and 18th century as the royal residence of the Gonzaga family. The complex includes some 500 rooms a castle and a private church and occupies an area of ca. 34, 000 m². Up to 1630 2, 000 paintings and 20, 000 valuable objects, the richest art collections known in Europe at that time, were stored in the palace. The first square is Piazza Sordello, built by the Etruscans, followed by the medieval squares of Broletto and Erbe where stands the Romanesque round church of S. Lawrence and it is overtowered by the facade of S. Andrew's church
CITY CENTRE: Rigoletto's house, Piazza Sordello, Piazza Broletto, Piazza delle Erbe, Saint Andrea Basilica and the romanesque church of Saint Lorenzo.
DUCAL PALACE*: Morone's Room, Pisanello's Room with the Arthurian frescoes, Ducal Apartment, The Bowmen's Room with the Rubens'canvas "The Gonzaga family adoring the Holy Trinity", Gallery of the Mirrors, Vincenzo Gonzaga's apartment, Zodiac Room, Hall of the Rivers, Roof Garden, Tapestries Room with the Tapestries by Raphael, Isabella d'Este's Private Rooms and the room painted by Mantegna in Saint George castle
PAY ATTENTION: Palazzo ducale is closed on mondays while Palazzo te is closed on Monday mornings
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Piazza Sordello at Rigoletto's House (Casa di Rigoletto)in Mantua
End location: Piazza Leon Battista Alberti in front of the Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Mantua
Duration: 3 hours
Estimated Local Cash Needed
13 EURO - Admission ticket + reservation to Palazzo Ducale each person
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark
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Manuela is an excellent guide. She knows her history, loves her city -- and its art and architecture. We would highly recommend her. She really makes you understand and appreciated this city.