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Palazzo Municipale

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Piazza del Municipio 2, 44121, Ferrara Italy
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One of the jewels of the Emilia-Romagna region, the UNESCO-listed city of Ferrara is famous for its lavish architecture. Get up close and personal with the city and its sights on an immersive bike tour. Explore the banks of the River Po, see the moated Castello Estense, discover the Ferrara Cathedral, and learn about the ruling Este dynasty, who made Ferrara a major capital of Renaissance Europe.
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Dec 2019
United Kingdom3,923 contributions5,896 helpful votes
The Palazzo Municipale sits opposite the cathedral and is normally completely overshadowed by it. However the Cathedral is currently undergoing renovations and is covered with hoarding so the Palazzo is no longer the poor cousin. Instead it now dominates the piazza. It looks not unlike a small castle with a large tower and crenellated roofline. Built in 1245, it was originally home to the powerful ruling Este family until they moved down the road to the castle a couple of centuries later. However you can still see two members of the Este family commemorated on the building. Niccolo III D’Este is the figure on horseback above the arch and the other figure sitting on the column is his son Borso. Both were interesting characters. Niccolo was married three times and he executed one wife and his illegitimate son Ugo when he caught them sleeping together. Borso stayed on the right side of his father and subsequently became Duke. He was known for wearing clothing made of gold, keeping pet leopards and trying to build an artificial mountain (a futile project that he had to give up). The large archway leads through to what was the palazzo courtyard which you can wander through.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Asiyah Noemi K wrote a review Nov 2019
Pula, Croatia4,414 contributions38,348 helpful votes
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The Palazzo del Municipio tells the story of the city of Ferrara, which is managed to maintain its structure over the years. Residence of the Este family that still dominates the city today with its imposing staircase and beautiful facade. The history of the Palace is extremely rich and interesting. The Palazzo del Municipio (City Hall) was the residence of the Este family until the 16th century. The main entrance is through Volto del Cavallo, opposite the cathedral, and flanked by two sculptures. To the right, above an arch designed by Leon Battista Alberti, is a statue of Niccolò III d'Este on horseback, to the left, seated on a column, is his son Borso. The present-day facade is a Neo-Gothic reconstruction that includes the Torre della Vittoria, where the bronze monument to Victory and the work of great value by Arrigo Minerbi is housed. At the end of the 15th century in the courtyard of honor the architect Pietro Benvenuti degli Ordini, began construction of the covered monumental staircase. The interior of the Palace is richly decorated. The most impressive rooms are the Stanzino delle Duchesse (Rooms of Duchess), which housed Eleonora d'Este ( She was the first daughter of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara ) and Lucrezia d'Este ( daughter of Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara ).
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Date of experience: October 2019
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john b wrote a review Oct 2019
Valparaiso, Indiana776 contributions340 helpful votes
Walking the entire old area is wonderful/ beautiful/charming. It's like a small Florence with some tourist but not the masses...no Michelangelo's...but beautiful and just as old. Church was closed for remodeling...wish we could have seen. Great food here...better than Tuscany IMO. Worth at least 2 days...we want to come back and live here for a month. This Building is representative of all the beauty here.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Fudge03 wrote a review Oct 2017
Sussex, England1,210 contributions459 helpful votes
Disappointing. The outside is suitably awesome, but the inside is largely bare and the information supplied very dry and wordy. We failed to get any feel of what had happened there, despite the presence of a dedicated poison room and some rather spooky dungeons.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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Alan E wrote a review Sep 2017
Oakville, Ontario, Canada647 contributions167 helpful votes
Palazzo Municipale, town hall (1243), has a big arch is flanked by statues of the Marquis Niccolo Ill on horseback and Duke Borso of Este enthroned. The original Este palace was where Lucrezia Borgia celebrated her marriage to Alfonso d'Este, It is an iconic building that is still a working home for the Municipality of Ferrara. There were flags flying below the windows representing the winners of the palio held the last Sunday in every May. The races are run in the historical Piazza Ariostea.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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