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. 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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  • Castle D'Este is a very interesting place to visit and one of the highlights of a visit to Ferrara. Surrounded by a moat it dominates the centre of the city and towers over the surrounding area. At ni...  more »
  • Wonderful place, a lot of history involved, large collection of paintings, walls and climbing in the castle tower, provides a view of the whole city. . A place that is a mandatory visit in the city. Affordable
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