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N° 044 | Art Palazzo

users 2 bed 1 bath 1

Who doesn't dream of living in an Art Gallery, especially a 500-year-old Palazzo in Italy. 

Palazzo Beccaguti Cavriani was built at the end of the 15th century by Alessio Beccaguti, a very successful military commander and civil engineer. At that time, Mantua was ruled by Francesco II Gonzaga, a time when Italy was as prosperous in the arts as it was politically divided. 

At the beginning of the 2000s Palazzo Beccaguti Cavriani was completely renovated by the current owners, Architect Massimo Ghisi and his wife Vanna Bernardelli. They have transformed this ancient palazzo into a home, architecture studio Disegno, and art gallery. They personally took care of the renovation and design, down to the very last detail. The quality is truly outstanding. The aim of the design of the Palazzo is to live in direct contact with the artworks and with as little furniture as possible. Staying here is a profoundly unique experience! Once or twice a year they open their private art collection to the public, making the Palazzo an inspiring and constantly changing meeting place for artists and art lovers.

The Space 

The property consists of two units that can be rented separately or together.  The Fresco Suite is also for two people with frescoes from the sixteenth century.  The Fresco Suite, the only fully painted room in Palazzo Beccaguti Cavriani, is located on the first floor along the eighteenth-century staircase.

The Suite has a double bedroom with a table by Renzo Piano, chairs by Charles Eames, and chairs by Le Corbusier. Television, kitchen, bathroom, and Wi-Fi. Located in one of the oldest streets in the heart of the historic center from which you can visit the city simply on foot.

Guests will be welcomed by a designated person who will give all the useful information to get to know the house, the city, and all the artistic and cultural initiatives available.


Mantua is a UNESCO world heritage site in Mantova, Northern Italy.  History dates back more than then1200 years of history, surrounded by unique natural landscapes.  The city is surrounded by four lakes, making the city look like an island. Palazzo Beccaguti Cavriani is the perfect starting point for discovering the historical highlights of the region, like Verona, Parma, Modena, Piacenza, Ferrara, and Lake Garda

Coming Soon!

It will soon be possible to rent the entire property which includes Gallery Suite, Fresco Suite, and Main House.  The entire property sleeps a total of 10 guests. It has a living room, dining room, 3 x kitchens, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Additionally, there is a courtyard, a garden with a swimming pool, and an art gallery that houses the Bernardelli Ghisi collection. For more information, email us at:

The Bernardelli Ghisi collection is a collaboration between owner and architect Massimo Ghisi and Vanna, former owner of the Bernardelli fashion store. 

Extra Services 

It is also possible to rent out the entire property for Shootings | Advertising campaigns | Films | Conferences and cultural events | Other events and parties 

*Currently the two Suites are only rented out for holiday accommodation. The main house will be available for rental in the near future. 

Plinius Loves 

The spaces are truly captivating and inspirational, there is a perfect combination of historical architecture,  modern design, and contemporary art. 

All lovers of beauty must dream of sleeping in an art gallery at least once!

From Alessio Beccaguti to Massimo Ghisi and Vanna Bernardelli, a remarkable story that spans more than 500 years

Location: Surrounded by nature and yet in the middle of the historic city of Mantua which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

*Featured in Elle DECOR 

Nearest Airport

Verona Airport [36 min]  Bologna [1:19 hr]  Milan [2 hrs] 


Prices & availability


After the booking request is received we will confirm the availability and total price with the owner. You will then receive a confirmation and the total amount of your booking by email. A deposit of 30% of the reservation sum is requested upon confirmation (within 48 hours). The remainder must be paid no later than 60 days before the start of your stay. When booking within 60 days, the total reservation sum must be paid immediately. In case of cancellation more than 60 days before the start of the stay, 50% of the deposit will be returned*. In case of cancellation within 60 days, no refund will take place. *Applies to most properties, but not all. We therefore recommend cancellation insurance.

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Prices | Price transparency: Plinius is completely transparent about the prices, we do not charge a booking fee or add any additional charges. 

High season: 01/07/2023 - 31/08/2023 | 22-12-2023 - 08-01-2024 € 180 per day (all inclusive)

Low season 08/01/2024 – 01/07/2024 | 01/09/2024 - 21/12/2004 | €170 per day (all inclusive)

Included in the price: 

Gas | Electricity | Water | End of stay cleaning

Additional costs


Extra Information: 

*Only for adults ~ because there is so much valuable art in and around the property, it would not be an ideal place for kids

It is possible to rent out the property for :

- shootings 

- advertising campaigns 

- films

- conferences and cultural events 

- other events and parties 


Do you have any additional questions, or if you like to combine other destinations and properties within the area for your travel itinerary? Please do not hesitate to contact us at:


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