Palazzo dei Diamanti

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Named after the spiky diamond-shaped ashlar stones on its facade, the late-15th-century 'diamond palace' was built for Sigismondo d'Este. It houses Ferrara's Pinacoteca Nazionale, where you can contemplate the genius of the 16th- to 17th-century ‘Ferrara school'. High-profile special exhibits are held in the adjacent Spazio Espositivo.

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1. Pinacoteca Nazionale

Ferrara's art gallery, housed on the 1st floor of the late-15th-century Palazzo dei Diamanti, is the perfect spot to contemplate the genius of the 16th-…

2. Spazio Espositivo

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Tucked away on the ground floor of Ferrara's Palazzo dei Diamanti, this museum houses high-profile special exhibits.

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