Castello Estense, Ferrara

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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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  • Great to visit. I especially liked the large angled mirrors that allow easy viewinng of the ceiling frescos. Staff werre very helpful. 10EUR Concession for Seniors, plus 1EUR for locker use was... 
    Great to visit. I especially liked the large angled mirrors that allow easy viewinng of the ceiling frescos. Staff werre very helpful. 10EUR Concession for Seniors, plus 1EUR for locker use was...  more »
  • Almost empty rooms, not original but the most serious thing is how much is risky climbing to the tower with a stair unsafe and full of people who is not controlled in the way they climb and how much.....  more
    Almost empty rooms, not original but the most serious thing is how much is risky climbing to the tower with a stair unsafe and full of people who is not controlled in the way they climb and how much.....  more »
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  • A marvellous massive castle with amazing view and great coffee served inside. Interior is very interesting as well with attractive wall drawings. It's definitely a must visit as the whole town of Ferrara is which feels like a live medieval museum.
  • Really nicely done. Staff is helpful and relatively friendly. All information on the exhibits is in Italian and English. On the website it says that a reservation to enter is highly recommended which we did, but they did not acknowledged our time slot reservation anyway.

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