I’ve been thinking a lot lately about our stay at Il Palazzo di Mantova, and how much we enjoyed visiting the medieval city of Mantova (also called Mantua–you remember, Romeo was ‘banished’ to there.)
We had an in-depth personal tour of the Ducal Palace across the street from the Palazzo, the sprawling and beautiful headquarters for the Gonzaga family dynasty that lasted centuries.
We stayed in the marvelous apartment called L’Arco, named for the impressive arch that defines the alcove where we slept.
Our gracious hosts at the Palazzo are the direct descendants of Baldassare Castiglione, who is the subject of a famous painting by Raphael that hangs in the Louvre. He was a prominent 15th century courtier, diplomat and author, who is known for “The Book of the Courtier”, a guide to the life of the nobleman at court. It still contains lessons for modern society, as the Wall Street Journal has recently explained.
If you’re looking for an authentic experience of the best of medieval Italian life, take a look at the Mantova apartments for yourself, and get in touch with us. We’d love to let you know more!