Este Castle
Este Castle behind Savoarola statue.
Este Castle behind Savoarola statue.
The only castle in Europe located in the very Center of the City the “Castello Estense” is the symbol itself of Ferrara. Former residence of the Este dukes – governors during the golden age of the City, it has a perimeter moat with drawbridges in defense from unwanted attacks. It was built in 1385 as instrument of political and military control.

The Rooms

Basically the actual structure you can see nowadays is the following: Groundfllor Ducal Kitchens. Prisons and Cordolo room. The nobles floor

Loggia of the Oranges so called roof garden. Small room of bacchanalian. Ducal Chapel. Dawn Hall. The games’ room. Games Hall. Patience Apartment. Foyer of the Gallery. Ettore and Andromaca room. Saint Paul Tower. Antechamber of government. Government Hall. Devolution room. Landscape room. Armorial Hall. Municipality room.

An ancient legend tells the tragic love story of Ugo and Parisina respectively eldest son and second wife of Nicola III. They were imprisoned in the Tower of the Lions before being executed. On that occasion, Nicola III killed all the  adulteresses women of Ferrara. It is said, therefore, that in the castle prisons there are two ghosts who still mourn the souls of women died because of them. Detailed info about activities, events and discounted tickets for a visit are available HERE.
Este Castle
Este Castle
The clock tower
The clock tower
Renaissance age cannon
Renaissance age cannon
North-East tower
North-East tower

May 20, 2012 a strong earthquake -5.9 on Richter table (followed by a second quake on May 29) has caused considerable damage to many parts of the structure. Lions tower suffered a small crash. The work of securing started quickly but the complex of external restoration work continued until early summer 2015


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