Castello Estense

Castello Estense, Ferrara

Castello Estense
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Charlie S
Victoria, Australia812 contributions
Apr 2022
Great to visit. I especially liked the large angled mirrors that allow easy viewinng of the ceiling frescos. Staff werre very helpful. 10EUR Concession for Seniors, plus 1EUR for locker use was very reasonable.
Written April 25, 2022
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Andrew D
Milan, Italy158 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
The first rooms are large and largely empty apart from detailed (wordy) information boards, but stick with it as the better decorated rooms and exhibitions come later.
The Boldini exhibition was a little small, but the Crema was excellent.
The bookshop has been moved from the beginning to the end of the tour.
Written August 22, 2021
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Ralph D
San Francisco, California, USA9 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a great castle. I was late and couldn't see the Lions Tower. History has English for most signs and descriptions. One nice feature were mirrors to allow you to look at frescoes on high ceilings without craning your neck.
Written February 12, 2020
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Mark_EFC_1878
Liverpool, UK357 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Impressive castle, definitely worth going to see if you’ve got the Ferrara tourist card. Tower is an extra charge and 120ish steps but again worthwhile for the views across the city’s rooftops. Staff are wonderful. Very well priced little cafe
Written February 19, 2020
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Musicalphotoman
Dublin, Ireland84 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The castle is hugely impressive from the outside but the museum is less so. Some rooms are just text and photos. The rooms with frescoes are spoilt by masses of tape applied to the images for conservation purposes. It is hard to appreciate the art. 2 euro gets you up a tower for a fine view of the city.
Written August 24, 2020
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,675 contributions
Oct 2019
Ferrara is a beautiful medieval and at the same time the first Renaissance city. Ferrara is known for its large number of churches, monasteries, palaces, museums, art galleries, a fortress and a University founded in 1391( two of the most famous students were astronomer Nikola Copernicus and alchemist Paracelsus).The d'Este family is the creditable for the development and prosperity of the city, Ercole d'Este was the biggest patron of the arts. So they have built many beautiful palaces but the most beautiful of all is the magnificent castle (Castello Estense). Built in central Ferrara, it dominates the environment with its four towers.
Built of brick, it captivates with its beauty and one can still see the fantastically preserved towers, walls, water pit and functional drawbridge. In the fortress lived since 1501 Lucretia Borgia, daughter of Pope Alexander VI with her third husband Alfonso I. As Lucrecia Borgia was loyal to her husband, husband's family loved her very much and was buried next to her husband and mother-in-law in Ferrara. The interior is richly decorated. Beautiful numerous rooms leave us breathless. Some of them are Gothic Rooms, Ducal Chapel, Saletta dei Giochi ("Small Chamber of Games"), Saletta dei Veleni ("Small Chamber of Poisons") seem to have been used originally by court pharmacists to produce medicine and some, also the poisons used against political enemies. Further interesting are the Hall of Games, the Appartamento della Pazienza ("Patience Suite"), the Government Room, and certainly the interesting Coats of Arms Room (The room displays two series of decorations from the Papal States period)......Very interesting, nice and educational place.
Written November 25, 2019
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weedsmoore
Montreal, Canada25 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
Sunday mornings in April and May, the courtyard of this castle comes to life in a thrilling way! Local people from the different quarters of Ferrara don fifteenth-century dress and create activities that evoke life in Renaissance Ferrara. The "duke and dutchess" receive many members of the "nobility" in glorious pomp, complete with bodygards and drummers and pipers. There are also several flag-throwing sessions, where young men and women who are probably high-school students in their day jobs enter wholeheartedly into an athletic, choreographed dance which is nothing short of delightful. It's all part of a contest, and weekday evenings you can catch glimpses of the next Sunday's participants practicing their elaborate dances just outside the Castello - sans costumes, but with great civic pride. A real treat!
Written November 5, 2012
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Hans W
Namur, Belgium70 contributions
Aug 2019
The outside of the castle is still ver impressive. They went trough a lot of trouble to make the visit of the inside as attractive as possible but since most of the works of art and the interior are gone only a few interesting ceiling freco’s are worth the visit. Of you are interested in the history of the castle and the d’Este family you can of course read all the panels but probly betterbto read a good book at home. The history of painting in Ferrara is preseting a lot of not very interesting works that are more of a decorative or local historical interest
Written August 16, 2019
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InspiredReviewer
Cardiff, UK961 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This massive castle dominates a quiet town which is quiet and clean.
Just 30 minutes on the fast train from Bologna through beautiful countryside was a joy.
The castle is of imposing proportions, its moat, its drawbridges and its towers date back to that remote period. An elevated covered passageway, which still exists, joined the military building to the marquises’ Palace, today Palazzo Municipale. After centuries the castle became the magnificent residence.
The rooms are impressive and well illustrated in Italian and English which enhanced the visit.
The audio at €2 is worth having but is just a collection of videos for each room.
The dungeons were incredible and and barbaric conditions directly below a sumptuous palace sourounded by a moat.
To do this castle justice you need to take at least 2 hours to roam around.
Lunch at the nearby pizzaria dell Luna (hidden down one of the side streets behind the castle), a local small restaurant, would be enjoyable.
Written May 17, 2019
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RobGfromWorcs
Worcester, UK204 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
This imposing castle looks great, but the trip inside is not that imposing. Although the information is in Italian and English there seems to be something missing and you leave not really being convinced you know the full story of the castle.
Written April 22, 2019
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