Castello Estense

Castello Estense, Ferrara

Castello Estense
4.5
Historic Sites • Castles
10:00 AM - 5:00 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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Musicalphotoman
Dublin, Ireland84 contributions
Impressive
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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Disgruntled1108
London, UK99 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2019
Amazing place to visit, I was able to find peaceful spots to reflect before wandering on through the castle.
Written August 19, 2020
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Danna968
Frankfurt, Germany131 contributions
Very lovely place
Jul 2020 • Friends
It’s like the very central spot in Ferrara and so impressive. Right next to the Castello are a lot of cafés, bars and places to be.
Written July 4, 2020
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Jivko V
Sofia, Bulgaria1,543 contributions
Castle
Jan 2020
Impressive castle in the center of Ferrara. It was built in the 15th. century. It is also surrounded by water channel, like the English castles.
Written February 29, 2020
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Steveage
Rexburg, ID3,269 contributions
The Art and the Dungeon
Jun 2019
8€ per person? Do it! Facciamolo!! The castle has incredible artwork throughout. The other eerie aspect is the dungeon area both for poor folk and a jail area for even some learned political prisoners. There is still visible "graffiti" from the political prison area visible since the 1400's. To me the 16th century frescoes of Greek religious scenes was among the most intriguing artwork, but there's plenty! In 2012 a major earthquake hit this area. Many of the huge, gorgeous frescoes all over the ceilings and walls have white tape all over - trying to keep them intact.
Written February 24, 2020
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Mark_EFC_1878
Liverpool, UK337 contributions
Worth seeing
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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Ralph D
San Francisco, California, USA9 contributions
Good restoration
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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Eduarda Cunha
Braga, Portugal39 contributions
Highlight of Ferrara
Oct 2019 • Family
It is a beautiful castle with a lot to see inside in terms of history and art but not much regarding the original furniture which always disappoints me.
The visiting hours are a bit limited but after having visited I understand why (you wouldn't want to go in the dungeons with no day light and it also takes a while to go through all the rooms).
Written February 6, 2020
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edwardvos
Milan, Italy2,578 contributions
A magnificent building representing the city of Ferrara
Jan 2020
The Estense Castle, dedicated to San Michele, was born on 29 September 1385, the day of the Saint, the Marquis Nicolò II started the construction of a powerful fortress entrusting the work to the court engineer Bartolino da Novara. Built as a fortress for political and military control and for the defense of the Este family. The castle was built around the ancient tower of the Lions, an ancient construction for sighting existing from the thirteenth century then inserted along the walls that bordered the city to the north. The construction originally served as a defensive fortress with towers and drawbridges but over time its character as a dynastic palace replaced the military one. Even today we can admire its beauty and its function intact over time, with the moat and drawbridges. Magnificent!
Written January 6, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,233 contributions
Excellent Starting Point to Explore Ferrara
May 2019
This was the first thing we saw as we walked into the historic centre from the train station. You can’t miss it. It is an imposing 14th century castle with impressive towers rising up from a deep moat. It takes up the space of a whole city block. The best thing about it, is that it still has the moat with water – with bonus fish. You don’t often see that part of the castle still intact. It makes it a whole lot easier to imagine a knight in shining armour riding across the drawbridge.
It’s free to cross the moat via the drawbridge and wander around the castle courtyards. Other parts of the castle are ticketed and cost €8.
The castle was home to the noble Este family, who ruled Ferrara for over 300 years during the Renaissance. Built to repel bloody uprisings among the peasant farmers, one has to think that the peasants didn't stand a chance of putting a dent in these walls.
In their day, the Este family were as formidable and powerful as Florence’s Medici family. They commissioned buildings, fostered urban planning, were patrons of the arts and founded a university but they also had murder, poisonings, scandals, stepmothers having affairs with stepsons and internal plotting.

TIPS:
• The Castle is a good starting point in Ferrara because the Tourist Information Office is inside the castle grounds. They were very helpful and gave us free maps and a little booklet with local restaurants.
• It is about 20 min walk from the station but once at the castle, you are pretty much at the historic centre and only 2-3 minutes walk from the Cathedral.
• Open every day in summer (closed on Mondays Oct-Feb)
Written December 31, 2019
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