Palazzo Municipale
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia33,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Previously, the Town Hall served as the residence of the Dukes of D'Este before their move to the castle. Very distantly, the building resembles the Palazzo della Signoria in Florence. This is not surprising, since d'Este was involved in the design of Florentine architects. The main entrance faces the Corso Martiri della Liberta (Avenue of the Martyrs of Freedom) and is located just in front of St. George's Cathedral. The arch is called the Volto del Cavallo, or Horse Arch. It is marked on both sides by an equestrian statue of Marquis Niccolo III and a statue of Duke Borso D'Este on the throne. The statues are bronze replicas made in 1927. The originals were lost during the French occupation of 1796. The facade in its current form is also not original, it is a neo-Gothic reconstruction of the 20s of the XX century. On the reverse side there is a Ladder of Honor.
Written April 18, 2024
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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 ).
Written November 22, 2019
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545medva
Budapest, Hungary3,904 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
Palazzo Municipale, town hall (1243), big arch is flanked by statues of the Marquis Niccolo Ill on horseback and Duke Borso of Este enthroned. there is a marmor staircase leading to the offices. Inside the Sala dell’Arengo with wonderful frescos.
Written September 2, 2015
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,823 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
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.
Written December 31, 2019
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john b
Valparaiso, IN835 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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.
Written October 16, 2019
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK1,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
The original Este palace, scene of fabulous banquets and court ceremonial occasions so lavish their reputation spread all over Italy. It was here Lucrezia Borgia celebrated her marriage to Alfonso d'Este. The sweeping staircase entrance has been climbed many famous pairs of feet over the centuries
Written October 26, 2016
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invicta10
Hastings, UK59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
The Palazzo Municipale is close to the Estensi Castle in the historic centre of Ferrara and there are several other significant buildings close by such as the Cathedral. The city administration still occupies part of the buildings but various rooms and other parts are visitable. There's a rather sinister statue of Savonarola close by outside.
I particularly liked the facade of the building and the external grand staircase (Scalone d'onore) just inside the main courtyard. And it almost goes without saying that there are frescoes and tapestries inside.
Something else to like about Ferrara is the fact that the historic centre is almost traffic free, with high priority given to bicycles.
Written October 3, 2016
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Bernard
London, UK237 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The sala della duchessa is definitely worth a visit. Check entry times because its not always open to the public if there is a state function / meeting going on inside.
Written June 7, 2022
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Klaus C
Greenhithe, UK401 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Nice place to stop in the shade, get one breath back and take in the beautiful views. Lovely relaxed space.
Written May 30, 2022
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Mark90048
Los Angeles47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The center of the old city, and a classic landmark with exquisite brick detailing. Don’t miss the moat or the drawbridge!
Written April 25, 2022
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