Don’t miss the medieval dungeons of Castello Estense, a moated structure in the center of the city. The castle was begun in the 14th century, after a violent riot convinced Nicollo II d’Este, a local nobleman, that his palace was no longer sufficiently protected to guarantee his family’s safety. Construction began in 1385 under the direction of architect Bartolino da Novara, and a wooden passageway soon linked the Este family’s old residence to the new castle, allowing residents to flee from one to the other. Though many of its sections are now used as government offices, you can still visit the castle’s cross-vaulted living rooms, court kitchens, chapels, and the claustrophobic dungeons, which were once used as prison cells and torture chambers. The site also includes a small cafe and a bookshop. Our Ferrara trip itinerary maker makes visiting Castello Estense and other Ferrara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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Castello Estense Reviews
Da vedere se si visita Ferrara, molto bello. Abbiamo usato le videoguide che ci hanno spiegato al dettaglio ogni stanza del castello. Da vedere anche la torre dei leoni acquistabile a parte. Buona org... more »To see if you visit Ferrara, very nice. We used video guides that explained to us in detail every room of the castle. Also worth seeing is the lion tower that can be purchased separately. Good organization
Una meraviglia, posto al centro delle città, prima fortezza poi dimora della Famiglia Estense. Consigliatissima la visita alle stanze interne, si può ammirare ľarte di cui gli estense si fecero gran p... more »A marvel, placed in the center of the cities, first fortress then home of the Estense family. A very recommended visit to the interior rooms, you can admire the art of which the Estense became great promoters, perfect reconstruction of a Renaissance stately home, a real dive into the past.
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