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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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Beguiling but fragmented frescoes

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 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 13, 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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Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We were treated with a concert the first time we visited the garden. an exquisite experience: classic music in a context of a magic garden. Unfortunately the Palace is under partial renovation nd only a small part is open to the public. Go with a guided tour: the frescoes have so many details and cultural reference that are lost without... More 

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Several strands of interest here. A few interesting frescoes ( read Ali Smith's article from The Guardian!) and the Palazzo itself is an interesting old building but some rooms are still closed for restoration after a recent earthquake. In the garden is a rather nice cafe where you can eat al fresco from their healthy menu - I liked the... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

One of the most beautiful palaces in almost-non-touristic Italian town. The freschi in Salone dei Mesi are breathtaking, though only 4 of 12 are left.

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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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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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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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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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