Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara

Palace in Ferrara

Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara
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Palazzo Schifanoia, an extraordinary testament to the Renaissance era, stands as an iconic symbol of the Este family’s influence in Ferrara. Built between 1385 and 1391 as a suburban retreat, it was intended as a place to escape boredom, giving rise to its unique name, which translates to “chasing away boredom” in Italian. Subsequently, under the rule of Borso d’Este (1450-1471), the palazzo was expanded and transformed into a sumptuous residence, reflecting Ferrara’s elevated status in Europe during that period.

Described as a “jewel set into a ring,” Palazzo Schifanoia played a central role in court life during the 15th and 16th centuries. However, over time, it underwent a gradual decline and saw changes in its form and function. It wasn’t until the rediscovery of the Hall of the Months in the 19th century that the palazzo regained significance. In 1898, it was transformed into Ferrara’s city museum, marking a new chapter in its history.

Following an earthquake in 2012 and subsequent architectural restoration, the Museo Schifanoia has once again opened its doors to visitors. It now offers a unique and immersive experience, allowing visitors to explore its rich history and captivating art. With a new itinerary spanning approximately 1400 square meters, 21 rooms, and featuring around 250 works of art, the museum continues to reconnect Ferrara with its remarkable past.

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Visiting Palazzo Schifanoia, Ferrara


Open: 10.00-19.00. Ticket office closes at 18.00. Closed on Monday.

The ticket includes the visit of the Lapidary Museum



Address: Palazzo Schifanoia, Via Scandiana, Ferrara, Province of Ferrara, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes

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