The Castello Estense – Visit and Guided Tour

The Castle
The Este Castle in Ferrara has been the Palace of Power ever since. Built in 1385 on a project by the military engineer Bartolino da Novara on behalf of the Este family, today this Palace hosts the Government of Ferrara Province.

The Castle is still surrounded by a moat with water of the river Po.

Today, the Castle no longer features the beautiful artwork by masters as Giovanni Bellini, Tiziano, and many more, but still shows nice paintings on its inner walls of the many large representative rooms. The master pieces suffered an important dispersion at the end of the 16th century, and are now to be admired at international public and private museums and art collections.

The visit takes place on three levels of the Castle: on the Ground Floor, on the Lower Ground Floor, and on the Main Floor. The rooms still tell of the architectural structure and the usage made of them in the past.

The itinerary includes the dungeons, memory of grim facts at the time of the Este domination and narrated in works by F. Lope de Vega (1562-1635), J. W. v. Goethe (1749-1832), G. G. Byron (1788-1824), G. D’Annunzio (1863-1938), G. Donizetti (1797-1848), G. de Chirico (1888-1978), and many more.

On the Main Floor the visit follows with a stop at the Loggia degli Aranci and its roof garden, then at the Sala dell’Aurora, the Saletta dei Giochi, and the Sala dei Giochi in which the paintings on the ceilings are by the 16th c. painter Sebastiano Filippi. Before leaving the Castle a stop at the coffee shop is higly recommended, where a wooden veranda overlooks the monumental corso Ercole I d’Este.

The second part of the museum with the rooms of “Governo”, “Devoluzione”, “Paesaggi”, “Geografie”, and the “Camerini del Principe” host an art exhibition of the Cavallini Sgarbi art collection, up to 2 September 2018.
Through the Salone degli Stemmi the exhibition visiters leave the Castle, walking down the monumental stairs back to the courtyard of the Castle.

Guided tours – Rates 2019
Duration: 75 minutes
Groups (up to 30 people): 90€. Entrance fee not included

Guided tours – Payment
– Cash
– Bank transfer

Openings 2019
Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm* (Museum: last entry 4:45. Museum & Tower: last entry 4:45pm)
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 6pm
26 December: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Museum: last entry 5:45pm. Museum & Tower: last entry 5:15pm)
Closed: Monday (October, November, December), 25 December

Special openings 2019
Tuesday 1 January: 1:30pm – 6:30pm
Sunday 6 January: 9:30am – 6:30pm
7 – 25 January South wing & “camerini” closed, reduced ticket.
Friday 8 march: 9:30am – 6:30pm
20 – 30 April: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Wednesday 1 May: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Sunday 2 June: 9:30am – 6:30pm
1 – 3 November: 9:30am – 6:30pm
Thursday 26 December: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Museum: last access 5:45pm. Museum & Tower: last access 5:15pm)
Monday 30 December: 9:30am – 5:30
From 27 December South wing and “camerini” closed, reduced ticket.

Entrance fee 2019
Full: 8*
0-6 anni: Free
7-12 anni: 1
Up to 18 years and over 65 years, groups (min 15 people): €6*
Schools: 3
More gratuities and reductions: Please, contact the Ticket Office during the opening times of the Castle (Tel +39 0532 299233)
Tower (122 steps): €2
*Bonus 1€ Amici del Castello Estense: A additional price reduction of €1 is allowed on visitors with the tour guideElisabetta Concetta Gulino.

Castle – Reservations
Groups (15 – 30 people) are recommended to book in advance and to make a time reservation. The reservation is made by the guide, and is free of charge.


The closest coach parking is  the “Ex-MOF” (access through via Darsena / corso Isonzo. Free)
Passengers alight at viale Cavour, internal street (access through viale Cavour / via Spadari – Palazzo delle Poste, follow the directions for “Touring Hotel”. Stop just after via della Luna.

Ferrara City map
Click here, to reach the webpage with the city map of Ferrara.


Castle visit and guided tours in Ferrara, Comacchio, Cento, Po Delta, and Pomposa
Please, contact me, to know more about: Tel +39 0532 91219 – Mob +39 339 8743857 or fill in the form

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