Palazzo Castiglioni represents, together with Palazzo Ducale, the Duomo and the Palazzo Vescovile one of the icons of Piazza Sordello. The 14th century palace was originally the home of the Bonacolsi, the first lords of the city. The facade surmounted by Ghibelline battlements faces Palazzo Ducale, the center of Mantua's artistic and political life, which under the guidance of the Gonzaga family became one of the most important European courts of the Renaissance.
Palazzo Castiglioni History
The palace, entirely in terracotta topped by Ghibelline merlons, was built at the end of the thirteenth century by Pinamonte dei Bonacolsi on land purchased by Rolandino de Pacis, who made it the home of his powerful family. Pinamonte acquired and joined the palace other contiguous buildings in the civitas vetus, among which the tower of the Cage, symbol of the power of the Bonacolsi. The most prestigious building was left by his father as an inheritance to his second son Bardellone, his successor in the city government.
The Bonacolsi family ruled Mantua during the thirteenth century until, on August 16, 1328, the last Bonacolsi, Rinaldo, was overthrown during a revolt supported by Luigi Gonzaga, who took power.
From 1328 the palace became the property of Ludovico I Gonzaga, captain of the people of Mantua. Passed to the marquis Gianfrancesco I Gonzaga, he was granted by them to his son Alessandro Gonzaga who, dying without children, left him to his brother Ludovico
The Castiglioni family has been one of the most important Lombard aristocratic families since the 10th century. Most of the members had their home in Milan: the Mantuan branch was born in 1440 to Baldassarre Castiglione, the grandfather of the homonymous author of the book Il Cortegiano, the diplomat-scholar Baldassarre Castiglione
In this unique context for charm and history, luxury suite guests are available, all embellished with details of great value and furnishings of particular impact, in addition to the main floor available to host events on an area of about 500 square meters.