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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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Beautiful building. Only 2 upstairs rooms, one with wall frescos, one with decorated roof. stunning. It only costs 3 euros to get in. There is a beautiful garden out the back with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
octoplaits
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Melbourne, Australia

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love frescoes and will take any opportunity to seek them out in their original setting. Thus we ended up at this palazzo. Some are in good condition and really lovely, some are badly, probably irreparably damaged. Those in good shape have so much detail I was curious about, but the only info is in Italian, so I left a... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

but when you go in, the first room you see just takes your breath away: it is all frescoed and some of the colours are still very vivid! Every detail is a masterpiece: the dogs, the ducks, the horses & the people! There's just one other room where you can watch a small video about the evolution of the palace... More 

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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Only 2 rooms for you to see here. The main room has 2 walls covered in fresco detailing the events that take place in the countryside and at court month by month. Beautiful colours and detailing on some of the months but time has not be good to most of the room. Cheap to get in - free with a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful building. Only 2 upstairs rooms, one with wall frescos, one with decorated roof. stunning. It only costs 3 euros to get in. There is a beautiful garden out the back with a cafe to enjoy the sunshine

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The remarkable Renaissance frescoes of the Palazzo Schifanoia were one of the highlights of our visit to Ferrara. A plus: there is an excellent and informative video in the room adjacent to the Hall of the Months.

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Thank Ann J
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Only two big rooms, but well worth the visit. Look at the expressions on the faces of the persons on the fresco's - surprise, annoyance, flirt, smiles.

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Thank Tineke B
Lincolnshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

We went as part of the My Fe card, but were only able to see one room (with some impressive frescos). I was expecting something larger, but there is a lovely cafe in the garden, serving local fayre, so, if you're out this way, pop in for that and the frescos!

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Thank BethanyLincs
Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

The second floor contains original massive frescos painted by Cosimo Tura the mid-15th century as well as some other unknown painters. The gem of the frescos was ordered by Esty. Do some research before you go or get a guided tour to ensure that you better understand the frescos. They contain multiple allegorical references. The main fresco is as bright... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Cosme Tura wall paintings are exquisite and quite extraordinary and definitely a highlight for us. The more you look the more you see. And afterwards a drink in the idyllic garden.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

Palazzo Schifanoia is a tantalising experience, as so much has been lost. The frescoes are incomplete and the building has changed a lot. What remains is beautiful and well worth the visit. It is presented very well with a reconstructed panel and a helpful digital history of the building. A haunting and memorable visit.

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