Palazzina Marfisa d'Este

Palace in Ferrara

Palazzina Marfisa D’Este
CC BY-SA 3.0 / Lisa1963

Marfisa d’Este Villa is a remarkable 16th-century aristocratic residence that serves as a splendid example of the era. It was once surrounded by magnificent gardens that connected it to other structures known as Casini di San Silvestro. The villa derives its name from Princess Marfisa d’Este, who inherited the property from its builder, Francesco d’Este. Francesco was the son of Duke Alfonso I and Lucrezia Borgia and was responsible for its construction.

Princess Marfisa resided in this villa until her passing. She had a strong attachment to Ferrara, even after her family relocated to Modena, and continued to live in the city when it came under the rule of the Papal States. The villa’s façade facing Corso Giovecca is constructed of brick and features large rectangular windows. The expansive garden behind the villa was once connected to it and is now enclosed by a loggia adorned with painted depictions of an artificial bower, which was historically used for various performances and gatherings.

The Palazzina Marfisa d'Este appears in our Complete Guide to Visiting Ferrara!

This website uses affiliate links which may earn a commission at no additional cost to you!

Visiting Palazzina Marfisa d'Este

Address: Palazzina Marfisa d’Este, Corso della Giovecca, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

Nearby Attractions