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Castello Estense, Ferrara

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Government Building
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 castle with many frescoes. There is a picturesque moat surrounding it full of water and the entrance with drawbridge. In the heart of Ferrara is together with the strength of the Cathedral City
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  • Beautiful castle, very interesting both for its history and for the salt. To see the prisons. I also recommend the old town and the Cathedral. Ferrara, a beautiful city!
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  • One of the most beautiful castles in Italy. Completely surrounded by water and located in the city centre. To see absolutely
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