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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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nice hidden gem

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 11, 2014
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Bologna, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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Auckland
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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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London
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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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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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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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