Its imposing proportions, its moat, its drawbridges and its towers date back to that remote period. An elevated covered passageway, which still exists, joined the military building to the marquises’ Palace, today Palazzo Municipale. Centuries went by and the risk of riots died down. And so the castle became the magnificent residence of the court and was embellished with roof terraces at the top of the towers, marble balconies, the Renaissance style courtyard (at the time fully frescoed) and sumptuous apartments. The imposing towers stand out at the four corners of the Castle, symbols of the magnificence of the Este Family: the Torre di Santa Caterina; the splendid Torre dei Leoni, from which it is possible to admire the panorama of Ferrara (you can climb to the top of it during the visit of the Castle); the Torre Marchesana; the Torre di San Paolo.
(Ph. Nicola Bisi - Wikicommons)
The Estense Castle has obtained the "Quality Museum" status from Istituto per i Beni Culturali dell'Emilia-Romagna.
Exhibition to December 27th, 2017: L'arte per l'arte: From Previati to Mentessi, from Boldini to De Pisis. A new journey for the Castello Estense.
9.30-17.30. The ticket office closes at 16.45.
From March to September OPEN DAILY.
From October to February CLOSED ON MONDAY.
April 15, 16 (Easter), 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29 and 30, May 1: open until 18.30.
June 2nd, August 15th, November 1st, December 8th, 26th: OPEN
December 25th: CLOSED
FREE ENTRANCE for the owners of MYFE tourist card
|Full price||8,00 euro.
|Reduced||6,00 euro (under 18, over 65, groups more than 15 people).|
|School parties (12-18 years old)||3,00 euro.|
|Under 12||1,00 euro.|
|Family:||1 child (under 18) free each adult|
|Didactic activities||5,00 euro|
|Entrance to the Lions Tower
|Under 6||free entrance|
- Tourist guides
- Disabled persons with one accompanying person
How to get here
On foot: 20 minutes from the train station, 10 minutes from the Centro Storico Parking.
By bus: N. 1 and N. 9 from the train station or bus stop Cavour Gardens or Giovecca Teatini.
Accessible by car (San Guglielmo Parking - 350 mt.).