Top Choice Castle in Ferrara

Castello Estense

Complete with moat and drawbridge, Ferrara's towering castle was commissioned by Nicolò II d'Este in 1385. Initially it was intended to protect him and his family from the town's irate citizenry, who were up in arms…
Top Choice Palace in Ferrara

Palazzo dei Diamanti

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 geniu…
Palace in Ferrara

Casa Romei

This palace was once owned by Giovanni Romei, a top administrator to the Este clan – and his importance shows in the architecture. The austere brick exterior hides a peaceful inner patio (once part of an adjacent mo…
Cathedral in Ferrara


The outstanding feature of the pink-and-white 12th-century cathedral is its three-tiered marble facade, combining Romanesque and Gothic styles on the lower and upper tiers respectively. Much of the upper level is a …
Museum in Ferrara

Museo del Risorgimento e della Resistenza

Next door to Pinacoteca Nazionale, this small museum exhibits documents, proclamations and posters from the Italian unification movement and WWII, as well as numerous uniforms, guns and hand grenades.
Museum in Ferrara

Museo della Cattedrale

This museum houses various artefacts from Ferrara's Duomo, including a serene Madonna by Jacopo della Quercia, a couple of vigorous Cosimo Tura canvases, and some witty bas-reliefs illustrating the months of the yea…
Museum in Ferrara

Museo Lapidario

Your ticket to Schifanoia also gives entry to this nearby museum, which has a small, undocumented collection of Roman and Etruscan stele, tombs and inscriptions.
Architecture in Ferrara

Palazzo Municipale

Linked to the castle by an elevated passageway, the 13th-century crenellated Palazzo Municipale was the Este family home until they moved next door to the castle in the late 15th century. Nowadays, it’s largely occu…
Palace in Ferrara

Palazzo Schifanoia

Dating to 1385, the Este's 14th-century pleasure palace suffered significant earthquake damage in May 2012, but its highlight – the Salone dei Mesi (Room of the Months) – remains open to visitors. Inside you'll find…
Gallery in Ferrara

Pinacoteca Nazionale

Ferrara's art gallery, housed in the late-15th-century Palazzo dei Diamanti, is the perfect spot to contemplate the genius of the 16th- to 17th-century ‘Ferrara school’, spearheaded by artists with odd nicknames suc…