• Art & Culture

House of Rigoletto

Where
Piazza Sordello, 23, Mantova

Let's move on to Piazza Sordello, behind the Duomo, where the house of the court jester has been identified as the current House of Rigoletto.

A location that does not correspond with the description in the opera libretto ("in a far-off alley" at the "most deserted end of a blind street") but which - curiously enough - perfectly matches the indications given by Victor Hugo and the librettist Piave.

This mediaeval dwelling was later renovated in the 15th century: as well as coinciding with the last remaining example of a two-storey building with an enclosed garden typical of Renaissance Mantua, it has a proximity to the Duke's residence that seemed perfect for a court servant.

Featuring two courtyards and a romantic loggia on the upper floor known to music enthusiasts as "Gilda's balcony", it borders a small garden in which a bronze statue of Rigoletto by sculptor Aldo Falchi was erected in 1978. Now a tourist office for the province of Mantua, it was inhabited for centuries by the Canons of the Cathedral.

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