Castello Estense, Ferrara

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Must see · World heritage site · Castle · Historic Site
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. Our Ferrara trip itinerary maker makes visiting Castello Estense and other Ferrara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Our visit certainly did not disappoint. The painted ceilings were beautiful and the views from the roof were spectacular  more »
  • The first rooms are large and largely empty apart from detailed (wordy) information boards, but stick with it as the better decorated rooms and exhibitions come later. The Boldini exhibition was a...  more »
  • Great castle! A huge part of Ferrara history. I recommend a visit, is totally worth it!
  • Views of Building structure is awesome. People are very cool younger and older are all good.

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