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Castello Estence, Ferrara - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Largo Castello 1, 44121 Ferrara, Italy

Phone: +39-0532299233

Ticket Price: 8 EUR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

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About Castello Estence, Ferrara

Castello Estense is a charming medieval castle that is located in the heart of the city of Ferrara. Symbolized as the face of the city, the towering Castello Estence was erected upon the orders of Nicolò II d'Este in 1385. The castle has elements of the Renaissance style of architecture and has quite an interesting story behind its construction.

The major highlights of the Castello Estense are:

  • The moat and the drawbridges to the three entrances overlooking the brickwork ravelins.
  • The frescoed courtyard containing the gallery of portraits of the Este family.
  • The Gothic rooms having cross-vaulted ceilings and a series of panels depicting the socio-political life of the times.
  • The dungeons where the lovers Parisina Malatesta and Ugo (the Marquis’s son) were imprisoned and tortured.
  • The Lion’s Tower which served as a watchtower as well as the headquarters for the Este army.
  • The Loggia and the Garden of the Oranges which emanate with the fragrance of oranges and have impressive architectural elements.
  • Cabinet of the Bacchanalia where the wall to the right displays scenes from the myth of Bacchus.
  • The Ducal Chapel that is adorned with frescoes depicting the Four Evangelists.
  • The Chamber of Dawn that has a stunning ceiling display illustrating the four parts of the day.
  • The Saletta dei Giochi (Small Chamber of Games) which has paintings of the Four Seasons on its ceilings along with a number of beautiful frescoes.
  • The Saletta dei Veleni (Small Chamber of Poisons), the ceiling of which dates back to the 20th century and illustrates Italy and its conquests during the Fascist period.
  • The Hall of Games which has 11 panels depicting different varieties of sports.
  • Saint Paul’s Tower which contains images on the walls displaying Diana and small panels depicting the Four Seasons.
  • The Coats of Arms Room that exhibits two series of coat of arms from the period of the Papal States.
  • The Council Room that depicts the stages of the liberation movement of the city through its art and design.

Apart from the above, the Castello Estense is full of small fascinating exhibits and art that can leave you spellbound. Some sections of the castle are being used as government offices presently. To find more information about Ferrara, you can also visit the tourist office in the inner courtyard,  which is available in a variety of different languages.

Castello Estence Information

  • Guided tours are recommended for the tourists. Please check out their schedules before booking.
  • Check out the café and the bookshop where you can grab a bite to eat and buy some souvenirs as well.
  • June 2nd 2015: Free entry.

Castello Estence Ticket Prices

6, 00 €:

  • People under 18
  • Groups containing more than 15 people
  • People over 65
  • Members of associations with agreement
  • Students up to 25 years old (school documentation required)
  • The entrance ticket to the exhibition "Boldini Lo spettacolo della modernità" entitles the reduced ticket to the exhibition in the Castle "L'arte per l'Arte".

3,00 €:

  • School parties (children between 12-18 years old)     

1,00 €:

  • Children under 12 years
  • For each paying adult in a family, 1 minor enters free.

5,00 €:

  • Didactic activities.

4,00 € (with the right to reduced ticket):

  • Guided tour

3,00 €:

  • Guided tour (6-18 years old)

2,00 €:

  • Entrance to the Lions Tower (This site however, has been temporarily closed)


  • Children under 6 years.
  • Soldiers in uniform.
  • Tour guides, tour leaders, interpreters and teachers who are on duty.
  • Ferrara Province staff when on duty.
  • Disabled people and their carers.
  • Journalists with the press card.
  • Art historians and critics authorized by the Castle Management.
  • Guests of Ferrara Province authorized by the Presidence.

This museum is included in "MyFe Card" Ferrara, the combined ticket for the Museums of Ferrara.

June 2nd 2015: Free entry.

Castello Estence Opening and Closing Hours

  • Jan 31-May 31 2015 & September: Ticket office closes 4.45 pm.
  • Museum Night on May 16 2015: The castle reopens from 7:00 pm to 12:00 am after the normal daily hours. Last admission is at 11:00 pm.
  • June 1st to June 30th 2015: Ticket office closes at 6:15 pm.
  • July 1st to August 31st 2015: Ticket office closes at 6:15 pm.
  • October 1st to December 31st 2015: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Ticket office closes at 4:45 pm.

How To reach Castello Estence by Public Transport

  • Train Station: Stazione di Ferrara.
  • Bus: No. 4, 11 and 390 at stop Corso Martiri.

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Castello Estence, Ferrara Reviews - Write a Review

  • This is an interesting and incredible castle, and they've spent a lot of resources to make it worth a visit. You can see everything from the dungeons (makes you think about how cruel the world was before) to big halls for the rich and a climb up to the Lions tower. Going up to the tower costs 2 euro extra, and you have to decide when you buy your ticket. We had only one hour to spend on our tour through the castle, which was not enough. Have at least a couple of hours.

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  • Huge, fascinating medieval castle. It's been carefully restored to its original state. Well worth a visit as you get a really good impression on how life was centuries ago. Leave at least 3-4 hours to explore.

  • Interesting site. Good visual displays and text in English. An essential stop if visiting Ferrara.

  • The place is interesting and is very poor visiting Ferrara and don't go inside the castle. Inside you can see the prision cells and the other rooms. Was incredible how all the workers there were very kind people, helping you and smiling you all the time.

  • What an incredible place to explore. Visiting the Este (Alfonsine, Alfonsino) Castle near Brindisi reinvigorating my love for archaeology. My husband and I spent 2+ hours wandering the grounds and appreciating this architectural marvel. This medieval castle is remarkably well-preserved and one of the coolest places you can visit in southern Italy. Since our visit here, we've scouted out castles to visit at nearly every place we've traveled! This place will excite you, provoke interesting conversations about residents past and make you wish you could meet them to hear their tales. Go! Pro Tips: - There isn't a bathroom onsite, so plan accordingly! - Bring a flashlight so you can explore some of the lower levels - Wear sunscreen if you're visiting in the summer as there isn't much shade if you're exploring the outside grounds

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