Presently also known as the Town Hall, the Il Palazzo Ducale Estense was built by the Este family in the 13th century and was their residence till the 16th century. It is now primarily owned by the Municipality of Ferrara and has undergone several changes over the centuries. The major architectural highlights of this place are as follows:
- The table in front of the Cathedral comprising of the Tower of Victory representing Gothic style of architecture.
- The Face of the Horse, which constitutes a bow and column where the statues of the Marquis Nicolò III and the Duke Borso d'Este are placed.
- The Courtyard Ducal, currently known as the Town Hall Square.
- The grand staircase built by the Pietro Benvenuti in 1481.
- The former Chapel of the Court which is presently known as Sala Estense and is used mainly for conferences and shows.
- The street Blanket which connects the Palazzo Ducale with Castello Estense.
The interiors of the Town Hall which contains the following rooms of importance:
- Dell’Arengo Hall
- Hall of Tombstones
- Board Room
- Salon del Plebiscito
- Cabinet of the Duchesse
- Golden Room
- Tapestry Room
Il Palazzo Ducale Estense Travel Tips
- The Golden Room in the Palazzo Ducale is temporarily closed due to ongoing restoration.
How to Reach Il Palazzo Ducale Estense
- Bus: No. 4, 11 and 390 from stop Corso Porta Reno.
- No. 4, 11 and 390 from stop Corso Martiri.
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33.12% of people who visit Ferrara include Il Palazzo Ducale Estense in their plan
57.14% of people start their Il Palazzo Ducale Estense visit around 3 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Il Palazzo Ducale Estense
80.95% of people prefer walking in order to reach Il Palazzo Ducale Estense