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Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia)

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Address: Via Scandiana 23, Ferrara, Italy
Phone Number: 0532 64 178
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Wonderful frescoes

The frescoes were great, but it was a long walk to see two rooms up a lot of stairs. It may be worth the effort if you have extra time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
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Rehoboth, MA, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Aside from a few damaged frescos this is a bland building without much to recommend it. Worth stopping in while waiting for the nearby Santa Maria in Vado to open.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015 via mobile

The frescoes were great, but it was a long walk to see two rooms up a lot of stairs. It may be worth the effort if you have extra time.

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phinneasbec
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Go see the frescoes. Ignore the damaged walls and enjoy the magnificent art that remains. It was fantastic to be there with virtually no one else in the room. I think we must have just been luky with the timing. Worth the trip. Just go.

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Oxford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You must read Ali Smith's brilliant novel How To Be Both first and then you will really appreciate this place. It's centred on the frescoes here with a mixture of the painter's voice and a modern family visiting. The book has been shortlisted for all the prizes and won the Costa. It makes for a magical visit - especially with... More 

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Bologna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The frescos in this palace (the room of the months) are a must see. they are a pleasure to watch and you feel sad for the ones who have been lost forever. Nowadays the palace is only partially open (because of the eartquake of a few years ago) but I think it is worth going there also because the walk... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

It has some spectacular frescoes, some have been lost, but is worth it. The garden has a cafe, really charming, "vintage", loved it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

DISCLAIMER: I'm from Ferrara and I had to study Palazzo Schifanoia and its "hall of the months" ("Salone dei mesi") for a university exam in the mid eighties so I'm disgustingly partisan in this review ;-) You can easily find a quite good description of Palazzo Schifanoia at Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_Schifanoia) so I will not waste any word trying to describe... More 

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Southport, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

There are only two rooms to see but one has a splendid cieling the other some wonderful wall paintings although time has taken its toll and only about 50% of them are still in reasonable condition. Still, you get a great impression of what it would have been like.

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Rijswijk
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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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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