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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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  • We were able to take the opportunity to visit the Este castle with a guided tour and it was worth it! The guide was very prepared and allowed us to understand the role of the castle in the history of the Este family, leading us from the dungeons at frescoed rooms of the noble floor. We unfortunately managed to climb the Tower of the Lions because the visit (lasted almost 2 hours, from 15.30 to 17 volumes) came to an end when the tower was already closed. However we did not mind since it was foggy and we couldn't see the view.
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  • Impressive entering seems to go back in time. Beautiful fountains that emerge from the moat
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  • Visiting the castle in certain hours you can use the accompanying brave guides who know how to explain and promote the historical discourse as well as artistic. Good so the organization.
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