Museum Complex of Palazzo Ducale

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The complex consists of three sections: the Museum of “Corte Vecchia” (Old Court), the Castle of San Giorgio and the Museum of “Corte Nuova” (New Court). Official residence of the Gonzaga family, rulers of Mantua from the early fourteenth to the beginning of the eighteenth century, the museum complex is home to the 15th century Pisanello’s Rooms and the 16th century “Studiolo” of Isabella d’Este, the “Apartment of Troy” by Giulio Romano, the complete cycle of tapestries woven after cartoons by Raphael and other extraordinary treasures. Inside the castle, built between 1390 and 1406, is the famous “Camera degli Sposi”, decorated by Andrea Mantegna between 1465 and 1474 at the behest of Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga. Part of the complex is the Basilica of Santa Barbara


Palazzo Ducale is the Majestic realm that dominates Sordello Square, the realm that hosted families which governed Mantua and its territories over the centuries. A palace that tells richness and the luxury of the “city of the three lakes”. Palazzo Ducale is composed of the buildings of different ages and connected before by Bonacolsi family and then by the Gonzaga. It was built by at the end of XIII century by Giulio, the building is near the public palaces of the Lombardy area, but at the same time the anticipation of the passage of Mantua from town hall into Signoria. Guido became captain of the population in 1299 and changed what was property of the family in the power centre of the population. So the Palace is a series of chambers, corridors, studies, roof gardens, stairs, galleries, lounges and yards. Palazzo Ducale represents richness, art, power and the visitor can see it  travelling through spaces aggregated during the four centuries, to build a city in the city with its square metres of extension, 500 chambers, 15 between gardens, squares and yards. When the Gonzaga family undermined the Bonacolsi family, they took over these buildings and in the course of time modified them with lodges, majestic stairs, galleries, roof gardens connecting all of them in one great realm. All this under the direction of great architects as Fancelli, Giulio Romano, Bertani and Viani.

San Giorgio castle is part of the palace. It is a fortification by Bartolino da Navara at the end of XVI century and it was an imitation of the one of the Este in Ferrara, in which during the Austrian domination were locked up Belfiore martyrs,Ciro Menotti, Tito Speri e FeliceOrsini. From this chamber the Gonzaga family exercised the power, lived amid splendours of their envied and respected regency, and at the end they suffered their end.

You could have the visit to the labirynthian palace with different itineraries according to your interest and the time available.

Some important points are: the Arazzis flat, where you can see nine precious tapestries weaved in Fiandra on Raffaello’s cardboards representing the Apostles Acts, the flat and the refined studio of Isabella d’ Este.

The look must deal with two of the most famous pictorial cycles of the italian history: the one of Pisanello, with a chivalrous theme, which represents a bloodiest tournament with extraordinary dramatic power. It represents a medieval world at the time of sunset; the one of Andrea Mantegna, called to Mantua in 1460 from the marquis Ludovico and where he lived until his death in 1506. Andrea Mantegna realized in Mantua his most brilliant work, the Camera Picta or Camera degliSposi. Other interesting spaces are: the dwarves flat, the Rustica by Giulio Romano, the Santa Barbara del Bertani Church, the Cortile della Cavallerizza, the Sala di Manto, the Mirrors Gallery, the Zodiac Room, the Labyrinth Room, the Roof  Garden. 

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The complex consists of three sections: the Museum of “Corte Vecchia” (Old Court), the Castle of San Giorgio and the Museum of “Corte Nuova” (New Court). Official residence of the Gonzaga family, rulers of Mantua from the early fourteenth to the beginning of the eighteenth century, the museum complex is home to the 15th century Pisanello’s Rooms and the 16th century “Studiolo” of Isabella d’Este, the “Apartment of Troy” by Giulio Romano, the complete cycle of tapestries woven after cartoons by Raphael and other extraordinary treasures. Inside the castle, built between 1390 and 1406, is the famous “Camera degli Sposi”, decorated by Andrea Mantegna between 1465 and 1474 at the behest of Marquis Ludovico II Gonzaga. Part of the complex is the Basilica of Santa Barbara


Palazzo Ducale is the Majestic realm that dominates Sordello Square, the realm that hosted families which governed Mantua and its territories over the centuries. A palace that tells richness and the luxury of the “city of the three lakes”. Palazzo Ducale is composed of the buildings of different ages and connected before by Bonacolsi family and then by the Gonzaga. It was built by at the end of XIII century by Giulio, the building is near the public palaces of the Lombardy area, but at the same time the anticipation of the passage of Mantua from town hall into Signoria. Guido became captain of the population in 1299 and changed what was property of the family in the power centre of the population. So the Palace is a series of chambers, corridors, studies, roof gardens, stairs, galleries, lounges and yards. Palazzo Ducale represents richness, art, power and the visitor can see it  travelling through spaces aggregated during the four centuries, to build a city in the city with its square metres of extension, 500 chambers, 15 between gardens, squares and yards. When the Gonzaga family undermined the Bonacolsi family, they took over these buildings and in the course of time modified them with lodges, majestic stairs, galleries, roof gardens connecting all of them in one great realm. All this under the direction of great architects as Fancelli, Giulio Romano, Bertani and Viani.

San Giorgio castle is part of the palace. It is a fortification by Bartolino da Navara at the end of XVI century and it was an imitation of the one of the Este in Ferrara, in which during the Austrian domination were locked up Belfiore martyrs,Ciro Menotti, Tito Speri e FeliceOrsini. From this chamber the Gonzaga family exercised the power, lived amid splendours of their envied and respected regency, and at the end they suffered their end.

You could have the visit to the labirynthian palace with different itineraries according to your interest and the time available.

Some important points are: the Arazzis flat, where you can see nine precious tapestries weaved in Fiandra on Raffaello’s cardboards representing the Apostles Acts, the flat and the refined studio of Isabella d’ Este.

The look must deal with two of the most famous pictorial cycles of the italian history: the one of Pisanello, with a chivalrous theme, which represents a bloodiest tournament with extraordinary dramatic power. It represents a medieval world at the time of sunset; the one of Andrea Mantegna, called to Mantua in 1460 from the marquis Ludovico and where he lived until his death in 1506. Andrea Mantegna realized in Mantua his most brilliant work, the Camera Picta or Camera degliSposi. Other interesting spaces are: the dwarves flat, the Rustica by Giulio Romano, the Santa Barbara del Bertani Church, the Cortile della Cavallerizza, the Sala di Manto, the Mirrors Gallery, the Zodiac Room, the Labyrinth Room, the Roof  Garden. 

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