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– Palazzo Te

– Castello di San Giorgio

– Piazza Sordello

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Palazzo Te

1 km away from Dimore al Te

Palazzo Te is an extraordinary work of the architect Giulio Romano. It was built between 1525 and 1534 on commission of Federico II Gonzaga in honor of Isabella Boschetti.

In the past, Palazzo Te was a majestic villa on the outskirts of the city intended for parties and receptions of the Gonzaga family.

Later, Palazzo Te was destined by Duke Federico II Gonzaga as a training ground for his horses.

The Palace contains the walls of an older building (a Gonzaga stable) and the project was entrusted to Giulio Romano. It is a square-plan building with a large courtyard in the center.

The shape is that of the Roman domus where all the rooms are articulated around a central courtyard. The Fruttiere and the Esedra are from a later period, around the 1600s.

The northern wing of the building, towards the Te gardens, is the old stable.

The most famous rooms are certainly worth visiting:

  • Hall of the Giants, frescoed without solution of continuity
  • Hall of the horses, the largest of the Palazzo Te, intended for dance parties
  • Room of Cupid and Psyche, intended for banquets

Castello di San Giorgio

1.8 km away from Dimore al Te

The castle is one of the most representative palaces of the city of Mantua.

A square plan with four corner towers, built by Francesco I Gonzaga in 1395. Conceived as a defense, it was surrounded by a moat with three drawbridges. Later it became the residence of the Gonzaga family who over the centuries had it frescoed.

One of the most famous frescoes is by Andrea Mantegna who took 9 years to create the famous Camera Picta (painted room) better known as the Camera degli Sposi, a masterpiece of Renaissance painting.

Piazza Sordello

1.7 km away from Dimore al Te

Following the perimeter of the moat of the Castle of San Giorgio you arrive in Piazza Sordello, the main square of the historic center, dedicated to Sordello da Goito, a Mantuan poet of the thirteenth century.

On this large cobbled and rectangular square are the main historical buildings of the city including the Duomo, the Palazzo Vescovile, the Palazzo Ducale (or Palazzo del Capitano), the Palazzo Bonacolsi (now Castiglioni) and the Palazzo Acerbi (private) with the access to the Tower of the Cage.

Entering the square, a house on the corner is immediately evident, a fifteenth-century building with an internal loggia where the bronze statue of Rigoletto stands out, the court jester protagonist of Giuseppe Verdi’s melodrama, staged in 1851 and set right in the Palazzo of the Duke of Mantua.

Palazzo Ducale

1.7 km from Dimore al Te

The oldest residence of the Gonzagas and testimony of the prestige acquired over the centuries by the family.

It was built between the thirteenth and eighteenth centuries, undergoing several changes to suit the aesthetic taste of the different eras. The museum complex is divided into three main areas: the castle of San Giorgio with the bride and groom’s room, the Old Court and the New Court.

The Gonzagas hosted in the palace the best artists of the time – painters, architects and decorators – who with their works transformed the different rooms and made the complex even more beautiful and grandiose

Basilica di Sant'Andrea

1.5 km away from Dimore al Te

Designed by Leon Battista Alberti, it was completed by the Mantuan architect Luca Fancelli.

Cross plan, the interior is finely decorated with coffered ceilings and houses works of art by well-known artists such as Correggio and Mantegna.

In the crypt of the basilica are kept the Sacred Vessels that contain the land of Golgotha soaked in the blood of Jesus, brought to Mantua by Longinus, the Roman soldier who had pierced Jesus with his spear. Every Good Friday, the Holy Vessels are displayed and carried in procession through the city.

Piazza delle Erbe

1.5 km away from Dimore al Te

The traditional fruit and vegetable market has always been held in this square.

Under the arcades leading to the square there are numerous shops, bars and restaurants. Ina very busy and lively square, small in size but full of history.

If the main historic buildings of the city overlook Piazza Sordello, here are the most fascinating buildings: the Palazzo della Ragione and the Clock Tower, which occupy an entire side of the square, the Rotonda di San Lorenzo, the Merchant’s House.

Dimore al Te is located exactly where Porta Cerese once stood, that is the southern entrance to the city since the time of Federico II Gonzaga.

Strategic meeting place at the entrance to the city, it is convenient for arrival both by public transport and by car.


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