Piazza Don Leoni 17, Mantova, 46100, Italy
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The Palace of Reason
Meat Palazzo Ducale
The terrace outside La Loggia di Corte Nuovo
My husband and I are going on a cycling holiday from Mantova to Venice with accomodation on a barge. We wish to drive to Mantova and leave our car there whilst cycling. Does anybody know of a reasonably priced hotel where we can park our car and stay at the beginning and end of our holiday?
We stayed at Hotel Albergo San Lorenzo and enjoyed the hotel and location. There is a huge outdoor market that goes on once a week and you will need to be sure that you aren't arriving or leaving on that day.
The hotel provides parking but it is off site in a garage. Once you check-in they will take you to the location.
There are many outdoor restaurants withing a few blocks and major shopping is available also. We got the top floor room which had two balconies and a separate seating area with table. The room was very large and reasonably priced. The hotel is in a no drive zone so you need to carry your hotel conf. in case you are stopped. Be sure and get a very good map as Mantova is a very confusing city to drive in.
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Travel Tips for Mantova
Mantova has rich cultural and artistic heritage. It’s a town of famous Countess Matilde di Canossa, Isabella d’Este, Publio Virgilio Marone, Andrea Mantegne and others. Old part of town has a lot of interesting buildings erected during last 10 centuries. Didn’t remember purpose of this modern building on the photo or the name of architect but still remember sharp arches and all decoration on it.
Grotto in Palazzo Te
The "Appartamento della Grotta" (Apartment of the Grotto) stands at the far end of Palazzo Te & contrasts with the spectacular Giants' Hall.
Visitors often overlook this "secret garden" (we almost did). With its flowerbeds, elegant loggia, and faded frescos, it is well worth a visit. The vault of the loggia is richly decorated with mysterious scenes, which are probably an allegory of life.
It was built between 1528 and 1530. Entrance is through an octagonal vestibule which is decorated with grotesques. Then comes the square with its series of allegorical pictures which allude to the evil virtues of the Gonzaga Family.
In the center of the ceiling is Fame, the Four Cardinal Virtues, and finally scenes from ancient history. Finally we see a small rectangular secret garden, orginally frescoed with perspective views to make it appear larger.
These have practically vanished now; however a series of niches still remain on three sides. At the back of all this was the grotto, which was originallly encrusted with mosaics and shells as well as sculpture and water plays. Very little remains today.
Didn’t remember name of that church on the photo but know that’s soil of Holy land with Christ’s blood are kept there. It’s little bit dark but very well preserved renaissance church inside with octagonal monument on the floor under the central cupola.
Visiting Mantova (Mantua)
"One-week jorney to Toscana, by car"
Mantova (Mantua) - City where Verdi's Rigoletto took a place.
It was a short stop in Mantova on my way back to Verona from circle trip around Toscana. I've stayed here for half a day. It was enough to visit all attractions here and also to make shopping.
The town was worth to spend in it 4 hours during the sunny day.
It was easy to find a parking near the wall and walk inside to the centr not more, than 10 min.
All major places of interest are concetrated is small area, appart Te palace.
"The Duke of Mantua palace"
Rigoletto was the Duke's hunchbacked jester
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