Don’t miss the medieval dungeons of Castello Estense, a moated structure in the center of the city. The castle was begun in the 14th century, after a violent riot convinced Nicollo II d’Este, a local nobleman, that his palace was no longer sufficiently protected to guarantee his family’s safety. Construction began in 1385 under the direction of architect Bartolino da Novara, and a wooden passageway soon linked the Este family’s old residence to the new castle, allowing residents to flee from one to the other. Though many of its sections are now used as government offices, you can still visit the castle’s cross-vaulted living rooms, court kitchens, chapels, and the claustrophobic dungeons, which were once used as prison cells and torture chambers. The site also includes a small cafe and a bookshop. Our Ferrara trip itinerary maker makes visiting Castello Estense and other Ferrara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Castello Estense
Tours to Castello Estense
$179 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ferrara Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide
Duration: 3 hours
$107 BOOK WITH VIATOR Ferrara Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Castello Estense reviews
The first rooms are large and largely empty apart from detailed (wordy) information boards, but stick with it as the better decorated rooms and exhibitions come later. The Boldini exhibition was a... more »
The castle is hugely impressive from the outside but the museum is less so. Some rooms are just text and photos. The rooms with frescoes are spoilt by masses of tape applied to the images for... more »
Great castle! A huge part of Ferrara history. I recommend a visit, is totally worth it!
Views of Building structure is awesome. People are very cool younger and older are all good.
Plan your trip to Ferrara
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Ferrara
Side trips from Ferrara
Museums in Ferrara
Historic Sites in Ferrara
Hidden gems in Ferrara
Trips to Castello Estense by other users
60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM LEBANON Rome Florence Bologna 15 days in Venice, Emilia-Romagna & Madrid BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO Venice Bologna Madrid 8 days in Florence BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Cappelle Medicee Massai Orafi in Florence Ponte Vecchio 3 days in Ravenna BY A USER FROM EGYPT Basilica San Vitale Mausoleo di Galla Placidia Dante's tomb and Quadrarco of Braccioforte 3 days in Bologna BY A USER FROM EGYPT Castello Estense Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo Basilica San Vitale 5 days in Venice BY A USER FROM ITALY Basilica di San Marco Doge's Palace Piazza San Marco