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Palazzo Schifanoia (Palace of Joy)

Via Scandiana 23, Ferrara, Italy
0532 64 178
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Ranked #17 of 50 attractions in Ferrara
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: They say the name of the palace comes from the motto 'schivar la noia' meaning 'avoid boredom' and refers to the building's function as a place for... more »
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Rijswijk
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We visited while having a myFE card. There are just 2 poorly lit rooms, one with only a nice ceiling with lots of angels, the other huge room had some outstanding frescos on one wall, one longer wall with partially damaged frescos and 2 walls with just the leftovers of once beautiful frescos. Happy we were there on the myFE... More

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Auckland
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is very interesting if you are interested in astrology , as the frescoes, once grand I am sure, show all the astrology signs with three levels of heaven, cosmos and life on earth. There are unusual but it's quite a walk to get there for only two rooms and only one interesting to me. The cafe is pretty eccentric... More

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London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The marvellous paintings of the months - it is such a pity that so many of these are missing. As with all high up and ceiling paintings the museum authorities need to provide step ladders (safe ones with rails of course) or large angled mirrors so that more detail can be viewed

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London
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

From reading the local information, I was expecting much more than one large hall with some restored frescoes. Worth popping into if you are in this part of town and have a FE card, giving free entry to all the state owned museums in the town.

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Perugia, Italy
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

If you care anything at all about Renaissance Italy, you must not miss these frescoes. Although they are in varying states of repair, they provide an absolutely unique portrait of Renaissance Ferrara. I could spend hours here. Yes, they are poorly lit, for reasons good and bad, and you wish they would have restored them all (though of course this... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Please make sure to find the cafe on the peaceful and green courtyard- after checking the wonderful frescos.

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Aveiro, Portugal
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I can't say I loved it or hated it, however, if you are in Ferrara, you shouldn't miss it. The architecture is very beautiful and if it is sunny, it's a great place for afternoon tea

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I looked at them for an hour! So much happening, busy renaissance scenes. Wonderful colors. Costumes, animals.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Such a shame that some frescos are destroyed, but those remaining are so full of life and beauty. They capture the spirit of Ferrara when it was one of the most artistically and especially musicalyl creative cities in Italy

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

The garden of palazzo Schifanoia hosts a nice sweet restaurant that mainly consists of old wooden furnishings and offers a daily menu very precise. It is such a sweet corner to have a good pasta on Sunday where you can enjoy shade and peace.

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