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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  • August 18, 2017
    Fascinating Castle and the tower. The moat with water gives a good idea of the fortress. Also inside are beautiful rooms. Don't miss the prisons, even the kids. In we there is boat service in the ditch (short ride with electric boat).
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  • August 18, 2017
    Took the opportunity to visit Castello during a day off. Very impressive. Found mainly on the ride up the tower which was well worth the extra ticket. Beautiful views and majestic rooms.
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  • August 18, 2017
    We visited Ferrara in August this year and spent a couple of hours in the castle. There are few, if any, original furnishings in the castle as they were all taken to Florence after the death of the la...  more »

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