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Palazzo Ducale:
is situated on the eastern side of Piazza Sordello and is characterized by a series of arcades and varying mullioned windows in a complex from the late-medieval period. The construction began after the Gonzaga came into power in 1328 and from that moment until the end of the reigning dynasty in 1707, works have been carried out in alternating phases of construction transformation and enclosing. The original artistic collection was amongst one of the most renowned in Europe, for its richness and quality. Unfortunately, it was dispersed between 1627 and 1628 when the same dukes began to sell off pieces. The Palazzo was restored in 1899 – when it was void of every type of treasure, and not to mention frescoes – then from 1915/20 began to host the collection of the Civic Museum. The present day Ducal Palace Museum is based on this very collection. Frescoes by Pisanello and Mantegna alternate, during the course of the visit to paintings by Rubens, a classic statue and characteristic ambiences like the small Study. The gardens and internal courtyards are also notable and perfectly preserved.


Museo Nuvolari – Guerra (Nuvolari and Guerra Museum):

a curious exhibition which has found a niche in the medieval Palazzo del Podestà in Piazza del Broletto. The museum in dedicated to the two glories of the City: the pilot Tazio Nuvolari and cyclist Learco Guerra.


Museo Diocesano Francesco Gonzaga (Diocesan Museum):
is located in Piazza Virgiliana in the old monastery of S. Agnese, and was opened in 1983. The museum conserves sacred jewellery from the Cathedral of S. Barbara and an important collection of 15th Century armour. The collection also contains pictorial works, frescoes, sinopites, designs and miniatures. Amongst the various signed pieces, there are works by Mantegna and Correggio.


Palazzo d’Arco:
is in Piazza S. Giovanni and the bequest of a family from Trento who transferred to Mantova in the 1700’s. The building was constructed at the end of the 18th Century and since 1973 was changed into a foundation. Its interior not only preserves furniture and treasures from the era, but has also retained the original look of the home of this noble family. There are also areas in the rooms where visitors can enjoy an important naturalistic collection, an archive and a library with renowned illustrated miniature books (codici miniati). The Room of Justice and Zodiacal Rooms are very beautiful, with the latter being decorated with prospective frescoes and positioned in a wing in the Palazzo which incorporates a part of the Renaissance building (in fact, the frescoes date back to the second decennium of the 16th Century.)


Palazzo Te:
is situated at the end of the Viario axis, beginning at the centre then along Via Roma and ending up in Piazzale Vittorio Veneto. The name of the Palazzo derives from the suburban area on which it stands (the “Tejeto” or hut area, or even a derivation of “Tiglieto” place of Tigli (Lime trees). It’s more of a huge villa than a Palazzo. A 16th Century work which carries the signature of Guilio Romano, artist and architect from the Raffaello School. It was also used for relaxation by the Dukes and was linked to the Court Stables. The exterior is a mixture of 16th Century elegance and more rustic aspects. The interior is fabulously decorated and the route follows the succession of the rooms with mythological themes, the name deriving from the subject of the frescoes, decorative designs and examples of Mannerism from the 16th Century. The most famous rooms are the Horse Room, the Psyche Room, the Wind Room and the Room of Giants.

 

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