Palazzina Marfisa d'Este
Palace in Ferrara
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.
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