After reading Karen Essex's novel "Leonardo's Swans", you will love the Isabella d'Este's private rooms where the Marchioness's spirit is still living within these spaces.
Yes it's true! Although now they are quite empty: the most of Isabella's art collection having been dispersed amongst the most important museums in the world. And today only a few pieces still remain in Mantua. But the fine frescos, the precious wooden inlays, the gilded ceilings and Isabella's secret garden still tell us a lot about the woman, who – even during her lifetime – was named "The First Lady" of the Renaissance.
When planning to pay a visit to Isabella's rooms, please be aware that they are not included in the usual visitor's route within the Ducal Palace of Mantua. Visitors wishing to see them may have to ask for special permission to see them. We will be only too happy to help you in getting this permission.