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After a restoration that lasted 2 decades, this 16th-century palace, which is still inhabited today, reopened its doors to visitors in 2008. The palace retains much of its former splendor, and visitors can wander through the public spaces, which are the piano nobile and the rooftop garden (the other floors are inhabited). This palace offers insight into how Mantuan noble families lived throughout the centuries; it is also home to a wonderfully restored cycle of 17th-century frescoes by Frans Geffels, which will appeal to fans of Flemish painting and subjects.