Due to time constraints (mostly hunger pangs), our party did not dawdle going through the Palazzo Ducale, and it still took us a good 90 minutes. We likely could have learned much more about its history be reading all the informational plaques along the way, or by using an audio guide, so those resources are available to visitors who would like more detail. Some parts of it were really impressive and photo-worthy; other parts are less well-preserved. However, it is very extensive, and must have been even more impressive at the time of its construction. Putting it into a historical context really highlights the wealth and power that existed in Mantua at that time. I would encourage visitors to walk around the exterior as well. There are gardens on the city side, but the building can be appreciated even more by walking around the lake side of the exterior. We encountered very few people there, but there is a large moat with a charming installation of figurines suspended over the water and illuminated at night. Very worthwhile!
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