Mantova’s Palazzo Ducale was the Gonzaga house, an important family in the history not only of the city but of the entire Italy. It’s a huge construction which was planned, organized and put together by Giovan Battista Bertani and Bernardino Facciotto under the control of Guglielmo Gonzaga from 1556 on. It quickly became one of the largest monumental compound in Europe.
The Palazzo del Capitano and the Magna Domus are the oldest parts of the site, which forms the heart of the Corte Vecchia.
Palazzo Ducale has got around 500 rooms and outside there are little squares, gardens and courtyards.
Durinf the ‘900 he had been renovated and now it also hosts a museum.
Corte Vecchia, Isabella d’Este apartment, tapestries apartment, Castle of San Giorgio (with its wonderful Camera degli Sposi), the Domus Nova, Corte Nuova and Santa Barbara’s Church are parts of this huge compound.
You can visit Palazzo Ducale from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8.15 to 19.15.