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Palazzo Schifanoia

Palazzo Schifanoia reopens to the public Saturday, May 15th
Palazzo Schifanoia

The name of the palace derives from the motto 'schivar la noia' meaning 'avoid tedium' and refers to the building's function as a place for fun and recreation as it was an Estense ‘Delizia’ (palace for recreation).

The visit includes the main room of the Palace: The Room of the Months (with a new illumination system).

Building on Schifanoia began at the end of the 1300s in a very green area near the river Po. Nowadays, the palace has the appearance of a long building divided into two wings: the single-storey 14th-century wing to the west (home to the Civic Museum which is still temporary closed.) and to east the two-storey 15th-century wing which makes up Duke Borso's extension of the years 1465-1467.
The façade, at one time crowned with crenellations and frescoed with fake polychrome marble, is distinguished by an elegant marble portal designed by Francesco del Cossa.

The most famous and interesting room is definitely the Sala dei Mesi (Room of the Months), frescoed by Ferrara painters of the 15th century: Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de' Roberti and others. Painted pilaster strips divide the wails into squares, each corresponding to a month.


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Palazzo Schifanoia reopens to the public Saturday, May 15th
10.00-19.00. Ticket office closes at 18.00. Closed on Monday

Open Easter Monday.
Closed January, 1st; 6th; Easter Sunday, November 1st, December 25th and 26th.

The entrance is limited to 15 pax every 20 minutes
Reservations required on weekends, recommended the other days of the week:

Closing days

  • Monday


Full 10,00 euro.
Reduced 8,00 euro (people aged 18-30; over 65; university students, YoungERcard owner, authorised categories).

The ticket includes the visit of the Lapidary Museum

FREE ENTRANCE for the owners of MYFE tourist card


  • Up to age 18
  • Groups of students
  • Disabled persons with one accompanying person
  • Tourist guides
  • Journalists

How to get here

On foot: 20 minutes from the Castle Estense
By bus: No. 1 and No. 9 from the Railway Station and the Castle Estense, stop - Hospital in Giovecc (600 meters); No. 6 from V.le Cavour and from the castle, stop Alfonso d'Este (300 meters).
Accessible by car (parking only on street nearby).

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