The classic tour, if you have a means of transport, starts with an introductory panoramic tour of the perfectly preserved city walls, and of the Renaissance quarter, the so-called “Addizione Erculea”, with the magnificent Piazza Ariostea.
The walking tour starts at Palazzo dei Diamanti, a real gem of the Renaissance architecture of Biagio Rossetti, whose double facade is decorated with a marble composed of thousands of “marble diamonds”.
Walking through the elegant Corso Ercole I d’Este, we reach the imposing Castello Estense (only exterior visit).
From here, passing through Piazza Savonarola, we reach the medieval center with its Palazzo Ducale, that now hosts the Town Hall (only exterior visit) and with the Cathedral of San Giorgio, whose Romanesque-Gothic façade introduces us to a late – Renaissance and Baroque interior (closed for restoration).
From the old Piazza delle Erbe (today’s Piazza Trento Trieste), embellished by the imposing bell tower and the old merchant’s shops, you can reach the medieval area of the Jewish Ghetto and the evocative Via delle Volte.
The visiting order of the monuments is not the one listed above and is adjusted according to the needs of visitors. We do not assume responsibility for ticket increases or changes of monuments opening hours that may occur during the year.
For some questions you find a faster answer here than writing us:
Where can I park?
If you are by car, you can park in the Diamanti parking, near Palazzo dei Diamanti, in the Rampari S. Paolo parking and in the Rampari San Rocco parking along the walls. They all cost € 2.00 for the whole day. Otherwise the EX MOF in Via Darsena is free. In the city center there are also several parking lots with parking meters, but usually in here the parking is limited to a maximum of 4 hours. Depending on your needs it may be better to choose one of the these parking areas: we will tell you which one is the most convenient when you book.
If you are by bus the 2 drop off/ drop on points are at Palazzo dei Diamanti (Corso Porta Mare) and Largo Castello (in front of Castello Estense). Also in this case we will tell you which one to choose according to your needs. Buses can park at the EX MOF in Via Darsena.
Where do I meet the guide?
If you are already in the city center, the guide can meet you in your hotel or in Piazza Castello, in front of the entrance of Castello Estense. If you arrive directly for the guided tour then the guide can pick you up in the car parkings or at the drop off/ drop on points.
Can mobility impaired people enter everywhere?
Yes, the monuments of this itinerary are also accessible for mobility impaired people.
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
No, this is a tour with no entrance fees.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
No, is not.
Where are the tourist information offices?
Inside Castello Estense.
Are there public toilets?
Yes, there are free toilets in Parco Massari, close to Palazzo dei Diamanti, otherwise there are pay toilets in Castello Estense court ((€ 0,50).