Get the
Inside Scoop

I can unsubscribe at any time. Privacy Policy

Book online or call

Call (888) 651-9785

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Add your review

  • Address: Viale Te 13, Mantua, Lombardy 46100, Italy
  • Hours: Mon 1pm–6pm; Tue–Sun 9am–6pm
  • Admission: Adults €10, Seniors €7, ages 12–18 and students €3.50, free for under 12

Mantua ATTRACTIONS See all

Palazzo Te Tours

Palazzo Te is a half-hour’s enjoyable walk from the heart of gorgeous Mantua, a wonderfully OTT summer palace built for Federico II Gonzaga between 1525 and 1535. Designed by Renaissance architect Giulio di Piero Pippi de’ Iannuzzi (known as Romano), the palace was Federico’s retreat from royal life, which centered on the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza Sordello. A seemingly endless series of lavishly adorned apartments were decorated by leading artists of the day and reflect his pet obsessions with love, horses and astrology, from statuesque equine portraits in the Hall of the Horses to alarmingly suggestive frescoes by Romano in the Chamber of Amor and Psyche.

The palazzo was also built to remind the great unwashed of Mantua who held political supremacy over them; the vast and fantastically ornate Sala dei Giganti (Room of the Giants) is a metaphor for Gonazga power, which sees Titan overthrown by the gods in a dazzling trompe l’oeil that creates the illusion that the ceiling is collapsing. Tucked away among the upper floors of Palazzo Te is the town’s Museo Civico, where displays include a jumble of armory, medals, coins and Egyptian artifacts along with Gonzaga family portraits by 20th-century artist Armando Spadini.

The extensive formal gardens include loggias, a shell-encrusted grotto, stuccowork cloisters, fish ponds and Federico’s pretty garden retreat.

Practical Info

Viale Te 13, Mantua. Admission adults €10, seniors €7, ages 12–18 and students €3.50, free for under 12. Open Mon 1pm–6pm; Tue–Sun
9am–6pm. Best reached on foot from central Mantua.

Tours & Tickets

See all

Mantua and Ferrari City Day Trip from Verona, Verona, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Mantua and Ferrari City Day Trip from Verona

Mantua is one of Italy's most beautiful cities, where elements from the Renaissance are present in the architecture and atmosphere. Take this opportunity to ...  Read more

Location: Verona, Italy
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $807.09
Gonzaga's Residences Private Walking Tour, Mantua, Full-day Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Gonzaga's Residences Private Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Gonzaga's Residences tour. Mantua owes its beautiful Renaissance monuments to the Gonzaga Lords, who ruled the Mantuan Duchy for almost four centuries, and ...  Read more

Location: Mantua, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $131.53

See all

Viator uses cookies to improve your experience on our website. Learn more about how we use cookies and how to change your cookie settings | Close message