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. Here we can visit ancient prisons, kitchens, large frescoed salons and exhibitions on the territory of Ferrara.
From here, passing through Piazza Savonarola, we reach the medieval center with its Palazzo Ducale, that now host 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.
With a 15-minute walk, you can reach Palazzo Schifanoia, an Este palace renowned for the Sala dei Mesi, frescoed by the 15th century Ferrara school.
Close to Palazzo Schifanoia, you can visit the Church of Santa Maria in Vado, with the beautiful paintings of Bononi and the famous Chapel of the Eucharistic miracle, which took place in 1171.
Options: instead of the interior visit of Castello Estense and of Delizia di Schifanoia, we can visit the Cathedral Museum and Casa Romei or Palazzina Marfisa d’Este
The Cathedral Museum, inside the ancient church of San Romano, houses among other precious things the pipe organ altarpieces by Cosma Tura, precious Flemish tapestries and the thirteenth-century tiles from the Door of the Months of the cathedral.
Casa Romei combines the architectural and decorative elegance of a Renaissance residence with magnificent art collections.
Palazzina Marfisa d’Este offers us a view of the city in the moment of the Este crisis, at the end of the 16th century. Here Marfisa, granddaughter of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso I, lived and die refusing to abandon Ferrara even after the Este Family exile.
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.
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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?
The monuments of this itinerary are also accessible for mobility impaired people.
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
Yes, the costs are as follows:
– € 8,00 for the Castello Estense – € 6,00 for people under 18, over 65 and groups over 15 people – € 3,00 for secondary and high school – € 1,00 for children under 12 years old.
– € 5,00 for Palazzo Schifanoia – € 3,00 for people over 65 and groups over 15 people – free for schools.
– € 6,00 for the Cathedral Museum – € 3,00 for people over 65 and groups over 15 people – free under 18 years old.
– € 3,00 for Casa Romei – € 1,50 for people from 18 to 25 years – free for people under 18.
– € 4,00 for Palazzina Marfisa d’Este – €2,00 for people over 65 and groups over 15 people – free under 18 years old.
If you stay in Ferrara more than one day we suggest you to buy the MyFe Card which includes all the monuments mentioned above, it costs € 12,00 and it is valid for 2 days.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
The entrance to Castello Estense and Palazzo Schifanoia is allowed to groups up to a maximum of 30 people ( Castello) and 25 people (Palazzo Schifanoia) every 10 minutes. The reservation for groups is therefore mandatory. For information and reservations you can contact the number +39 0532 244949 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. The same procedure is also suggested for Casa Romei, Palazzina Marfisa d’Este and the Cathedral Museum.
Is it possible to pay the tickets in advance or with credit card?
Yes, it is. For reservations and advance payment contact the Information and Booking Office tel. +39 0532 244949 or email email@example.com
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).