The work was commissioned to the court architect Biagio Rossetti, who accomplished in it one of his masterpieces. The grandiose building centres around the courtyard of honour, only completed on two sides and adorned with two open galleries in marble. The windows on the first floor were originally opened and bricked up in groups of two, giving a filled and void effect which can still, in part, be appreciated on the façade of the palace in Via Porta d’Amore: where there is a window with five panes in which the central one is bricked up. In the 1930s dismal restoration work opened the panes of all the windows to obtain an arcade in the style of Donato Bramante, to whom the design for the building was then attributed. For the same reason, namely to justify the attribution of the work to the Milanese architect in Ferrara, the legend arose that the palace had been built for the Duke Ludovico il Moro, widower of Beatrice d’Este, and had then remained unfinished when he fell from power and fled from Milan. Today, curtains are used to give the visitor an idea of the former appearance of the courtyard. Other interesting features of the complex are some of the rooms with 16th-century ceilings frescoed by Garofalo and the neo-Renaissance garden.
The National Archaeological Museum is also housed within the palace.
9.30/ 17.00. Closed on Monday
Visits to the palace are possible during the opening hours of the Archaeological Museum.
Full 5,00 euro
Red. 3,00 euro (students 18-25)
- Over 65
- Up to age 18