Palazzo Giardino

Palazzo Giardino, Sabbioneta: Address, Palazzo Giardino Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo Giardino
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garyp281
New York City, NY162 contributions
A Hint of Renaissance History
Jan 2020
To get to the Dukes Antiquities Gallery, you must past throw the Garden Palazzo but it would be a destination unto itself: The main space has sublime frescoes on all of the walls; one painting includes a Hebrew passage noting the unique community of Jews in the 16th Century....smaller chambers all frescoed in vines and Pompeiian like themes....
Written 10 January 2020
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HerakleitosMD
Kapellen, Belgium28 contributions
Exceptional renaissance palace
Aug 2018 • Couples
A must see. Excellent audio guide for mural paintings and first-store gallery. Long live the dukes of Mantua !
Written 4 July 2019
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Olivia Spencer Bower
Rome, Italy61 contributions
Sabbioneta: interesting ‘ideal town’ with brick fortifications
Jun 2019 • Couples
Sabbioneta is an interesting ‘ideal town’ with brick fortifications between Mantua and the Po on the road to Colorno and Parma. At times it really does look like the ideal town scenes once attributed to Piero della Francesca and those marquetry panels from choir stalls, and it has a miniature quality to it. It also has a deathlike sleepiness, with a few locals idling away their time in bars in the main piazza, and people coming into lunch at restaurants near the long gallery. Everything shuts for two hours over lunchtime, for no good reason other than old Italian museum traditions, which makes vist planning hard work. (The restaurants are OK though.)
The most interesting thing in Sabbioneta is the theatre, which unfortunately has just closed because of structural problems with the roof (a high crane seems to be holding it up). You have to pay for it on the combined ticket nonetheless. The outside of the theatre takes the form of a mannerist palace with the conspicuous inscription ‘Roma Quanta Fuit Ipsa Ruina Docet’ (Rome which was once so great teaches us even in ruins). This appears in Serlio’s third book of architecture of the 1540s above a view of ancient ruins. This leaves the things to see as the garden palace and the attached gallery, the ducal palace, and the synagogue. There is also a museum in S. Rocco next to the synagogue with bad altarpieces. This is not worth visiting, and the synagogue is of little interest if you are not Jewish.
The ducal palace is in fact quite small and very knocked about, but with some beautiful cedar ceilings, a room with a fascinating decoration involving busts of the Gonzagas and others with sixteenth century upper wall and ceiling decorations, one with elephants. The main room houses lifelike polychrome statues of mounted Gonzagas, including remnants of others destroyed in a fire.
The most interesting building you can actually see at the moment is the Palazzo Giardino, which is where the ticket and information office is housed. This has a series of rooms with very interesting frescoes, a bit faded. There are views of the Circus Maximus and Circus Flaminius copied from Panvinio/Ligorio. Another is a study has rooms with animals like Durer’s rhinoceros. A corridor has scenes from the story of Orpheus. A little room of the end of the main sala has beautiful Renaissance grotesques, centred on a very non-grotesque rendering of the Three Graces. There is a interesting motif of stucco fluted bowl or shield-like forms. These rooms lead to a long gallery made of brick in the 1580s with runs as far as the main street then just stops; it was ever this. It once contained antlers and antiquities. The decoration consists of standard late mannerist allegorical figures in fresco with associated ornament. There is nice quadratura painting at either end of the gallery, in one of which a putto pissatore and another putto support what is possibly a hinged door or platform between the columns.
One of the best things not actually in the town is the Bibiena church. This is on the road to Mantua about 2 km. away (hard to miss from the road). It is a huge brick church, unfinished on the outside, and was open on a Sunday afternoon after 3 and possibly not at other times (ask at the tourist office). It has an extraordinary interior like a rococo porcelain basket in blue and white which is pierced to reveal hints of paintings on the true vault beyond. This applies to the dome, transepts and choir; the nave is not pierced. The paintings on the outer dome are designed to be seen from the front stalls of the transept, and the equivalent position in the nave. From there you can see the Madonna, Joseph, angels and so forth. The exterior is richly plastic, and perhaps the better for being unfinished rather than blandly stuccoed in white. As a man in the church said, it is a very big church for a very small place.
Written 28 June 2019
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Fudge03
Sussex, England1,205 contributions
Charming
Sep 2017 • Solo
A charming small space, partly furnished, which also gives access to the long gallery in which the duke displayed his collection of classical sculpture. A very special space.
Written 24 October 2017
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jane a
London, UK348 contributions
Well worth visiting
Apr 2017 • Friends
This is a fascinating walled city, with an unusual shape. there is so much to see and not hordes of tourists.
Wander around this historic place, stop for a gelato or a coffee and just breathe in the atmosphere.
A very pleasant afternoon and you can see as much or as little as you like.
Written 1 May 2017
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sssteveg
Haifa, Israel1,424 contributions
Disappointing!
May 2016 • Couples
Sabbioneta, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a walled city with the Palazzo Giardino in the center which was free to visit when we arrived. It is filled with many empty faded rooms. The palazzo and the other town center buildings surround a large grassy square, which was filled with visiting school kids who, after their tour of the palazzo, who were busy chasing each other around, screaming and playing soccer. Other than the kids, the town was like a ghost town. I expected more from this little town.
Written 15 October 2016
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Giorgio G
Washington DC, DC1,380 contributions
...wonderful Sabbioneta...
Jun 2016 • Solo
...as part of a guided tour of Sabbioneta, I visited Vespasiano Gonzaga's private palace and enjoyed the beautiful frescoes ... Sabbioneta should be a must on anyone's travels to Italy and Palazzo Giardino is one of the highlights....
Written 9 July 2016
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BATTIKHI78
Amman, Jordan546 contributions
Disappointing
Jun 2016 • Couples
The only reason why i visited this city is because it is enlisted on the UNESCOs world heritage list...but when we got there...it was like a ghost town...nothing much to see...there are many other places in italy that deserves to be enlisted...such a disappointment...the palace is the only interesting thing to see
Written 19 June 2016
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superpido
vicenza36 contributions
unique
Mar 2016 • Couples
thanks to the very expert lady who explained us the life and projects of duke Vespasiano gonzaga, we really enjoyed the vist of this nice little town
Written 31 March 2016
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travelwriterBoston
Boston168 contributions
Sabbioneta has to be Italy's best kept secret and this Palace is the highlight
Jul 2015 • Couples
Why doesn't anyone come to Sabbioneta?! This is my 4th visit. In the middle of the tourist season when all the other Italian hotspots are groaning under the weight of the world's tourists, Sabbioneta is so quiet, the hotels can barely keep going. Go and support their tourism, you will not regret it! This palace is fabulous, inside and out. Sabbioneta is a walled city, completely peaceful, unique, brilliant if you have small children as they can run about the empty squares unhindered, there are hardly any cars. It's not terribly close to a freeway, maybe that's why people stay away, but in the summer you will not find a better example of a perfectly preserved Italian duchy from the 1500s.
Written 1 August 2015
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