Palazzo Ducale, Mantova
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ADDRESS
Piazza Sordello, 40
46100 Mantova
Italy
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+39 041 2411897
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The Ducal Palace of Mantova is one of Italy's most remarkable Renaissance residences. Home to the pleasure-loving Gonzagas from 1328 to 1707, this warren of courtyards, gardens and quarters boasts 500 rooms and covers no less than 34,000 square meters. Palazzo Ducale was constructed in three distinct phases - The Bonacolsi put up the Corte Vecchia in 1290. The four-towered castle was completed in 1400. Giulio Romano built the Corte Nuovo in the 17th century - and embellished over the centuries. And while striped of much of its artwork and most of its furnishings, Palazzo Ducale is still impressive. The Camera degli Sposi or Bridal Chamber, entirely frescoed by Andrea Mantegna, is but one of its gems.
Getting There
 
Palazzo Ducale is located at Piazza Sordello 40 and is situated in the center of Mantova. The Renaissance residence is a 10-minute walk from the train station and sits round the corner from Piazza delle Erbe. Palazzo Ducale is roughly a 20 minute walk from Palazzo Te.
Hours & Times
 
The museum is open 8:30 - 19:00 Tuesday through Sunday. The last entrance is 18:20. The museum is closed on Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December. An advance reservation is required to view the Bridal Chamber or Camera degli Sposi.
Admission & Fees
 
Admission is charged. EU citizens aged 18 and under and aged 65 and older are free of charge. A reduced rate is available for European students aged 18 - 24.
Things to Keep in Mind
 
Information is posted in English and Italian. Audio guides are available in Italian, English, German and French. The palazzo is cold in winter. Allow 2 hours for the tour.
 
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