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Address: Largo Castello 1, 44121, Ferrara, Italy
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+39 0532 299233
09:30 - 17:30
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Tue - Sun 09:30 - 17:30

Ticket office closes 45 minutes before.

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If you have only a few hours to spare in Ferrara then visit the Castello Estense. It is a 25 minute walk from the railway station but there are buses available. The bus fare is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Malcolm W
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you have only a few hours to spare in Ferrara then visit the Castello Estense. It is a 25 minute walk from the railway station but there are buses available. The bus fare is a fixed price so have some loose change available.

Thank Malcolm W
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This castle sits proudly in the centre of town. It is really incredible. It has a drawbridge and moat on one side (not far from passing traffic!). The other side backs up to a town square. It is a beautiful structure with a very interesting history. We wish we had had more time to spend here. It is the centrepiece... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This medieval castle complete with moat was commissioned by Nicolò II d'Este in 1385. It is now the home of Ferrara town hall. First impression was that it all looked very modern. There is a nice view of the moat and town from the Orange Garden on the first floor. The Ducal Chapel has very ornate decoration. The ceiling of... More 

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Forli, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

it was a winter cold foggy day, but the structure of this beautiful castle in the middle of the town it stood like a ghost in the mist... that's a must in Ferrara

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the castle with a comapny event. We had a guide that was very helpful to explain us everything, from the history of the castle, till all the details of each room we toured. Highly recommended!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

This castle, in the very center of the town, do not seem to have served a protective role, as it is not in an elevation, certainly because there are not many in this region. Very well conserved, it is a nice place to know.

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Ferrara, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

"You only need to ask! Then Ferrara will embrace you with the most welcome"...once I was told it worked like that in Ferrara for visitors and honestly, I was blown away and mind blown with the beauty and charming of the castle. Look at it for yourself especially on both sunny days and foggy days (ferrara's signature)...it might be too... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This is well worth a visit. Few tourists around. Good atmosphere and very calm and peaceful. A good place for peace and quiet which is steeped in history.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This castle is the biggest attraction in the beautiful city of Ferrara. It's located right in the city center and it is walking distance from the train station, about a 20 -25 minute walk. It is definitely worth visiting as well as visiting the city of Ferrara where there are many other attractions to visit as well like museums etc.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Massive, magnificent and steeped in history, Castello Estense dominates the city centre with its impressive towers, moat and bridges. It was built to inspire awe by the Este dynasty, and has been the scene of many dramatic episodes in their lives. Go down into the dungeons and see the dark prison where two illicit lovers were executed on the orders... More 

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