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Palazzo Schifanoia (Palazzo della Gioia)

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Address: Via Scandiana 23, 44121, Ferrara, Italy
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+39 0532 64178

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Strange place but interesting.

We found this to be a very interesting place for coffee. We sat in the garden which had trees with elegant dresses hanging on them. Wonderful atmosphere and we'll worth a visit.

Reviewed 6 November 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

This place is so cool to sit down and enjoy a coffee or fresh juice. The settings are somewhere between a traditional old Italian giardino and a story book. The food and drink are delicious made with fresh local produce. I'm returning here on my next trip to Italy to see the attached Frescoes.

Thank Annette V
Manhattan Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

What ever happened to the Goddess of Truth? Does anyone know her whereabouts? If so, please share. This vibe opens at 9:30 a.m. and is definitely worth the visit. After climbing the stairs you enter the hall filled with ancient frescoes in various stages of decay. Very interesting to see how the 12 months were viewed. We had both halls... More 

Thank Sequoia R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We found this to be a very interesting place for coffee. We sat in the garden which had trees with elegant dresses hanging on them. Wonderful atmosphere and we'll worth a visit.

1 Thank L90MAW
Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Unmissable. What remains of the magnificent frescoes portraying the Este court at play, and a series of horoscope paintings is a delight for the eyes. Spot Duke Borso d'Este among the figures, riding on his horse, meeting the people, out hunting, watching a palio and generally mixing and mingling with his subjects. There are scenes of people working in the... More 

Thank Patricia G
Haworth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Palazzo has some old and great Frescos but that is about it. Given the number of glowing reviews we had read we expected a little more. If old Fresco's are your thing you'll love it. If not you might feel a little let down.

1 Thank jackharrybill
Basel, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

This 'small' palace, badly damaged by the 2012 earthquake, has some of the most beautiful Renaissance frescoes you'll see anywhere. Right now only two rooms are open, incl. the Salone dei Mesi with the frescoes. These 15th century paintings are unfortunately not in good condition, but what is left is breathtaking. Incredibly expressive faces, fascinating genre scenes, and one big... More 

Thank HaNosseah
Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

Ferrara is the city of the Este family, the Estensi town. In the Via Savonarola you will find one of their palaces, the Palazzo Schifanoia. It is not as impressive as the big castle in the main square but don't pass up the opportunity of a visit because it houses some of the most interesting and beautiful secular frescoes of... More 

Thank invicta10
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Got to see these wonderful frescoes for free with my 2day €10 myFE card. Got stuck here in a thunderstorm so had a good chance to see them well. My advice is get a myFE card and see all the lovely things this town has to offer.

Thank Willie2000
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Do not let the walls that are in terrible condition put you off. Although little to see in terms of number of works and size, there is nothing small about these works in terms of impact. This is a place to contemplate some of the finest painting in history. Worth many repeat visits.

Thank phinneasbec
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This palazzo consists of one large hall covered in frescoes. Good in combination with neighbouring museums on the MyFe card, or for fresco-freaks.


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