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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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  • Given the rain visited with the Castle. Well maintained although devoid of furniture. Very friendly staff and qualified
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  • Beautiful it was our first time in Ferrara a city truly deserves a second visit deeper time has our disposal was really cheap, just one day, and then we couldn't absolutely lose Este Castle Having 2 kids we thought of having to give up the Tower, from which you can enjoy a unique view over the city, but instead the 122 steps have not discouraged and even they have admired the show Really nice garden and the loggia degli aranci
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  • One of the attractions in the old town of Ferrara. Be sure to visit! Huge building where you can inspect yourself, or you can take a tour guide who is all very interesting.
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