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Palazzo Te, Mantua

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Must see · World heritage site · Art Museum · Architectural Building
A masterpiece designed by architect Giulio Romano, Palazzo Te is a blend of palace and villa architecture. The four facades with rustic-looking walls and flat pilasters appear symmetrical. Take a closer look, though, and you'll see that the spaces between the columns do not match. Few windows in the inner courtyard, plus an uneven and broken plaster textures, add to the true Mannerist style Romano loved. The exterior of the palace was finished quickly, but the interior took ten years to complete. An entire team of decorators covered every room with frescoes. The most famous is Romano's invented dome on the ceiling in the Room of Giants. Using our world travel planner, Mantua attractions like Palazzo Te can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Palazzo is just splendid! The frescoes are so beautiful and detailed and varied you could spend hours looking at animals (lizards, goats, eagles, the horses!), the zodiac, Greek gods, Roman...  more »
  • Fabulous palace! Don’t miss the hidden Apartment in the garden and The Grotto! The room of Giants was astounding Extending around; and continuing up into the ceiling. There are two other museums...  more »
  • A nice historical/architectural site in Mantova. The rooms inside are beautiful, the outside is a little empty. I went in the summer so it was also too hot to walk in the garden. Unfortunately the bar and library were being renewed, so I don't know what they were like. The website is well made.
  • Enormous palace with huge rooms each portrayed in specific architectural and lavish wall paintings and historic sculptures

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