Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia), Ferrara

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Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) was once the recreational playground for the Dukes of Ferrara. The building is divided into the 14th-century wing to the west, which houses the civic museum, and the two-story 15th-century wing to the east. In the latter's Hall of the Months, you'll encounter some of the most important cycles of frescoes from that era. These impressive frescoes were divided into 12 sections, one for each month of the year (though today only the months of March through September are visible), and depict the world of gods, the cosmic world, and the world of man. A visit to Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ferrara visit planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This former este family villa is a short distance from the centre, where the cathedral is located. In "For 12 Months", frescoes are painted all over the wall. There were some missing parts, but they were still worth seeing. This is the only room to see, so if you have enough time, you can go there.
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  • Palazzo Schifanoia's museum venue is housed in an Estense delight in via Scandiana in Ferrara. The building was built in 1385 and the name was intended to underline its function at the Corte Estense, that is, a building destined for rest and recreation. The palace was erected for Alberto V d'este in 1385. The occasion to commission the Fresco cycle in the palace was when, in 1452, Borso received the title of First Duke of Ferrara from Pope Paul II. The commissioned pictorial works were intended to celebrate the Duke's good governance and greatness. Palazzo Schifanoia belongs to the artistic heritage of Ferrara and is part of the civic museums of ancient art in Ferrara. Following the earthquake of Emilia of 2012, the palace suffered damage and until the end of 2017 only the hall of months and the stucco room were visited. At the beginning 2018 began a long restoration work that will close the entire building for a few years. So today unfortunately only the façade can be visited
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  • It was closed for resturation and unfortunatly we went there. But we see the Church santa maria in Vado, close to the palace and after that visited National archeology museum...
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