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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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Absolutely worth a quick visit

The fading frescoes and paintings are simply amazing. Definitely worth a quick visit. The gardens would be nice to enjoy on a warm, sunny day.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 28, 2015
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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a key place our esoteric art history group visits due to the symbolic works found from the Renaissance era. This 14th century summer Palace built for the royal Este family of Ferrara has been through much change and turmoil over its tumultuously long history but still has secrets to reveal. The Este royal family of Ferrara was instrumental... More 

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Stockholm, Sverige
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Yes folks - there are two frescoed rooms to be seen. And in dilapidated state. I'm sure that they are both fantastic and important, but if you're not a crumbling fresco afficionado, your time is better spent having a drink.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

I read this amazing book, "How to be Both" by Ali Smith and once I read it I had to go to Ferrara to see the frescoes she wrote about. One visit is not enough and Ferrara is worth a lot more time and study. Helps to read up on the history of the Este family who contributed much to... More 

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Silicon Valley
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305 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

The fading frescoes and paintings are simply amazing. Definitely worth a quick visit. The gardens would be nice to enjoy on a warm, sunny day.

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Mississippi
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109 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

The frescoes here are amazing! It definitely helps to have a guide or audio guide so you do not miss the significance of these lovely images! Well worth the visit!

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

We were inspired to visit after coincidentally reading 'How to be both' by Ali Smith during a holiday in the Veneto. The palazzo is tucked away in Ferrara so you do need to search it out, although there is lots of street parking within a few minutes walk. The rating is really for the extraordinary frescoes rather than the welcome... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Having read Ali Smith's How to be both I wanted to go and see the frescoes for myself. They were wonderfull and really enjoyed my visit. The man in the cafe in the garden at the back is charming too, had a nice chat with him about the boo.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A great palace whose high point is the Hall of Months with some beautiful frescoes on some, but sadly not all, walls. There is a good bar in the grounds, It is a place that leaves quite alot to the imagination. It must have been amazing in its hey day

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Fantastic place . It is a long walk through Ferrara back streets but when you'll arrive an entire world will open in front of you. I had seen those frescoes only on my art books , But they are really wonderful . It is just a 2 room museum but an astonishing piece of art. It is a must if... More 

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Verona, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

the place where boredom was loathed !!! There the Librarian Astrologist Pellegrino Prisciano gave directions to a bunch of splendid painters ( Ercole de' Roberti & Francesco del Cossa ) how to fresco the Salone dei Mesi, one of the most magnificent Cycles of early renaissance of Italy!!!

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