Gonzaga Palace and Italian renaissance gardens
Gonzaga Palace was built in the mid-1400s by Ludovico Gonzaga and Barbara of Brandenburg who wanted it as a summer residence, to escape the heat of the city of Mantua. In 1515 it was donated to Ludovico Guerrieri who renovated and expanded it. The Palace then returned to the Gonzaga family and finally to the Cavriani family, from which the town bought it, to settle there the town hall.
Inside, the building has some marvelous wooden ceilings with sixteenth century decorations, several fascinating frescoes and trompe-l’oeil decorations that characterize the whole upper noble floor and part of the lower one.
The Palace can be visited and recently also the gardener’s house and the cellars have been opened to the public. Very impressive are also the four Italian gardens, spreading across the hill until they reach the town’s main square.