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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  • This is a truly magnificent building packed with history. There are lots of information panels and historical objects on display throughout the building and information is in both Italian and... 
    This is a truly magnificent building packed with history. There are lots of information panels and historical objects on display throughout the building and information is in both Italian and...  more »
  • Obviously this is a spectacular building. The exhibition inside is tiresome and extremely average. Worth a walk around the terrace is beautiful. There is nothing to see inside apart from room after... 
    Obviously this is a spectacular building. The exhibition inside is tiresome and extremely average. Worth a walk around the terrace is beautiful. There is nothing to see inside apart from room after...  more »
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  • It is nice to visit castles when there is one around. It helps understand how the area grew around it. This one includes a lot of explanations. I just regret that the inside does not include any furniture. The castle in itself is well preserved, not as good as others that I visited in France but it is worth a visit. If we could have a service with human guides, I would go for it. It just makes such a huge difference about what you learn and how you enjoy the tour. The temporary painting exhibition was just great. The price is high though (14€ including the tower). I recommend to visit the tower to get a scenic vie of the city.
  • Beautiful castle with a moat surrounding it and in great shape. Was not able to enter it on the day we visited but I hear that it is worth it. There is a tower to view Ferrara from and so could be interesting for aerial photos.

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