We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Glory taken for granted”

Palazzo Ducale Mantova
Book In Advance
More Info
US$28.75*
and up
Venice Express Walking Tour
Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

The Ducal Palace complex and St George’s Castle are a series of magnificent buildings. It’s huge and undoubtedly costly and complex for the government to run. Unfortunately this is all too obvious. The first oddity is the ticket office, which mysteriously is not at the museum entrance but out to the right in another entrance. You get your ticket and go off to yet another entrance down the road then after the first part of your visit you go back to the original entrance. The audioguides are not to be recommended as there is little of real interest that you can’t read in the rooms and, most importantly, the information doesn’t correspond to reality because often the paintings have been moved around or changed completely. Also, quite rare nowadays internationally, there is no reduction for over 60s. Three tickets and two audioguides cost 51 euro. On a positive note guide dogs were admitted and the custodians were kind. The saddest evidence of cuts to spending on culture lies in the fact that many rooms were closed, including some of the highlights such as the Apartments of Isabella d’Este. A further signal of government abandonment is all too obvious in the euphemistically named Food Court which turned out to be a group of vending machines. There is no cafè and a very untempting bookshop. When one thinks of the wonderful museum shops around the world it’s hard to understand why it doesn’t make sense to have one in Mantua, selling quality items. Surely it would help plump the coffers. A foreign friend asked why, if staff cost too much, doesn’t the Museum use volonteers. Why indeed?
I would suggest shortening the visit and focusing on the real points of interest and trying to bring them to life, in line with contemporary international museology. It would be so worth it. As it is it’s like a splendid but dusty heirloom nobody knows quite what to do with.

1  Thank BettyRuLes2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,914)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"camera degli sposi"
in 19 reviews
"gonzaga family"
in 19 reviews
"palazzo ducale"
in 29 reviews
"ducal palace"
in 13 reviews
"huge palace"
in 5 reviews
"several hours"
in 4 reviews
"earthquake damage"
in 5 reviews
"decorated rooms"
in 4 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 9 reviews
"works of art"
in 4 reviews
"audio guide"
in 8 reviews
"castle complex"
in 2 reviews
"the main attraction"
in 3 reviews
"historical context"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful frescoes"
in 2 reviews
"a great deal"
in 3 reviews
"from room to room"
in 2 reviews
Filter

9 - 13 of 1,915 reviews

Reviewed 26 August 2018

Nice castle, great frescos, lots of history about the Gonzaga family. Nice collection of ancient artifacts and right in the center of town. If you visit Mantua, you must go there. Tickets cost 13 Euros.

Thank CoachLo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Luxurious palace filled with great art work including Camera degli Sposi and tapestries designed by Rafael.

Thank Lawrence H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 July 2018

We visited on a Saturday and the palace and castle were reasonably quiet. The frescos were stunning, although at 12 euro each the entrance fee seemed on the expensive side!

Thank toby187
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 13 July 2018

The Palace and the Fortress are nice and the paintings are very nice and worth a visit. The place could be kept in a better state.

Thank Architecture12
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Palazzo Ducale Mantova also viewed

Mantua, Province of Mantua
Mantua, Province of Mantua
 
Mantua, Province of Mantua
 

Been to Palazzo Ducale Mantova? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing