A 16 century love affair - Women competition for power at court - Full day tour
Federico Gonzaga Lord of Mantua felt in love with Isabella Boschetti and her influence over the Duke brought her into conflict with Isabella D'Este, Federico's mother. The antagonism between the two ladies offers a glimpse into the competition for power at court. Boschetti's relationship with Federico usurped the Este's pre-eminence, while the artworks Federico bestowed upon Boschetti only served to further increase his mother jealously. The tour focuses on the two different ladies and the palaces where they lived. Federico's mother who made Mantua a centre of culture turned her apartment in the Ducal Palace into a museum while his mistress in Palazzo Te, built by Giulio Romano, was surrounded by lascivious frescos of the gods which were intended to mirror the liaison between her and Federico. The tour ends with the visit of the Boschetti's chapel in Sant'Andrea, where the duke ordered paintings on behalf of his mistress a clear evidence for Boschetti's influence at the Gonzaga court.
IN PALAZZO TE
Ovid Room, Room of the Devices, Room of the Sun and the Moon, Loge of the muses, Room of the Horses, Chamber of Cupid and Psyche, Room of the Winds, Room of the Eagles, David's Loggia, Room of the Stuccoes, Room of the Emperors, Room of the Giants
IN PALAZZO DUCALE - DUKE'S PALACE
Isabella's Rooms: Room of the Scalcheria, Studiolo, Grotta, Secret Garden.
Old Court: Domenico Morone's room; Pisanello's Room; Room of the Bowmen; Gallery of the Mirrors; Vincenzo Gonzaga's apartment; Hall of the Rivers; Hanging Garden; Tapestry room.
Room painted by Mantegna in the Saint George Castle
IN THE CITY CENTRE
The Basilica of Sant'Andrea planned by Leon Battista Alberti where the Boschetti's chapel is located. Castiglione Palace where Isabella Boschetti's uncle lived
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: to be discussed with the guide. It may be at one of the palace entrances or in the city centre or at your hotel lobby if this is in the city centre
End location: I suggest you to finish the tour in the city centre of Mantua. In this way you have lots of possibilities to rest at a cafeteria, walk in the city centre, but tipical food and wines or do some shopping
Lunch NOT included in the tour price.
This tour can be customized by request.
Duration: 5 hours
ON MONDAYS all tourist buildings are closed in Italy furthermore it is also public day of rest in the Region Lombardy
Walking tour and taxi
The price includes:
- the guided tour(5 hours)will take place part in the morning and part in the afternoon after lunch time. In case you have less time it is possible to organize the tour in the morning or in the afternoon with a short rest during the tour. Pls inform the guide about it
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 EUR - 12,00 EUR /EACH PERSON (admission ticket to the Ducal Palace) PLUS 12,00 EUR /each(admission ticket to Palazzo Te).€ 1,00 /each for ducal palace reservation
The ticket price may change on temporary exhibitions.
The price does NOT includes:
- Tickets to Palazzo Te and Palazzo ducale;
This tour does NOT include visits to temporary exhibitions.
Palazzo Te is at the other side of the city centre you can reach it on foot, by bus or taxi. A taxi ride costs about € 10,00 - 15,00/each, a bus ticket about € 1,50/each
Ticket at Palazzo ducale costs € 12,00/each + € 1,00/each for entrance reservation. It is necessary to reserve entrance to the castle as only 1500 people daily can enter the castle while there are no problems with the rest of the palace
If you plan your visit from Verona a return train ticket costs 7 € per person. From verona to Mantua it takes 45 minutes by regionale train.
I am a Licensed Tourist Guide/Tour Guide and have access to any landmark
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Manuela was ful of energy and love for her city of Mantua that easily translated in a most enjoyable visit. Great sense of humor and keen knowledge of every detail. Highly recommend. Manuela went out of her way to help with every request.