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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. Put Castello Estense into our Ferrara vacation planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Beautiful and welcoming town imposing Castle landscaped and well maintained to visit, beautiful room with armor and lance, Windows that allow to observe the romantic courtyard.
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  • Ferrara beautiful city rich in culture and history. The Este Castle depicts the elegance and history of this beautiful town. I recommend everyone to visit the Castle, its magnificent rooms, the mysterious prisons and its towers.
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  • Definitely the best attraction of the city. To visit at least externally, fascinating especially at night with the lights surrounding this castle.
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