Palazzo Te is a typical Renaissance building, symbol of the most important family of Mantova.. It is located not exactly in the old town centre like Palazzo Ducale because it had been built originally out of the city walls on an islet of Lake Paiolo. The lake was later filled in and the building became integral part of the old town centre.
Palazzo Te was a vacation house for Gonzagas who came here to have some parties or simply to relax. It was built in 1525 by the will of Frederik II Gonzaga who commissioned the works to Giulio Romano, a scholar of Raffaello’s. The building required about ten years and the palace was decorated with wonderful art works.
Rooms are decorated with frescos and they can be considered a real masterpiece. We remember the rooms reserved to Isabella Boschetti, the lover of Duke Frederik; the meeting room with family portraits; the Room of Psyche with scenes of the Greek myth of Love and Psyche; the Room of Giants with an enormous fresco representing the Fall of Giants, inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphosis.
The Apartment of secret garden was the refuge of Frederik II and it has been recently restored. It was designed by Giulio Romano between 1531 and 1534.Finally, you can reach the famous Grotto of Palazzo Te from the garden through a natural rock passage. The grotto was built by the will of Vincenzo Gonzaga who wanted a location with fountains and waterworks.
Palazzo Te hosts a series of collections: the egyptian collection of Giuseppe Acerbi and the collections of Ugo Sissa, Gonzagas and Mondadoris.
Viale Te, 13
Opening (from 24 November 2014 to 6 April 2015): MONDAY 13-18, TUE/WED/THU/SAT/SUN 9-18, FRI 9-22. Closed on December 25.
Ticket: 12€ , 9€ reduced price, 6€ special reduced price, 19€ family ticket (from 3 to 5 people). Free entrance every Monday after the first Sunday of the month, except for holidays
Tel. 0376 323266
Bookings: call center 199 199 111