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Ferrara, città del Rinascimento,
e il suo Delta del Po

Villas, historical residences and theatres

House of Ludovico Ariosto
The house, probably built to the design of Girolamo da Carpi, has a simple but elegant brick façade.
Casa Romei
Giovanni Romei became administrator to the lords of Ferrara and married the princess Polissena d’Este. On the Via di San Francesco he had a house built that showed his high ranking.
Palazzo Bonacossi
This was built in 1468 for Diotisalvi Neroni, a Florentine exile protected by Borso d'Este.
Palazzo Costabili
In 1502 work began on the construction of a large palace on the Via della Ghiara (now Via XX Settembre) for Antonio Costabili, Ferrara’s ambassador at the court of Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan.
Palazzo dei Diamanti
The magnificent Palazzo dei Diamanti, at the centre of the Addizione Erculea, on the important crossroads known as the Quadrivio degli Angeli belonged to the duke’s brother Sigismondo d’Este.
Palazzo Renata di Francia
The palazzo was built around 1475, possibly to a design by Pietro Benvenuto degli Ordini.
Palazzo Municipale
Begun in 1245, the City Hall was the residence of the Este family until the 16th century. The main entrance is through Volto del Cavallo, opposite the cathedral, and is flanked by two sculptures, copies of the original 15th century ones.
Palazzo Paradiso - Ariostea Library
The palace was built in 1391 and decorated with scenes of court life and motifs drawn from the literature of chivalry.
Palazzo Schifanoia
The name of the palace derives from the motto 'schivar la noia' meaning 'avoid tedium' and refers to the building's function as a place for fun and recreation as it was an Estense ‘Delizia’ (palace for recreation).
Municipal Theater "Teatro Abbado"
The theatre of Ferrara was built between 1790 and 1797, under the direction of Antonio Foschini and Cosimo Morelli.
Palazzina Marfisa d'Este
The Villa is a splendid example of a 16th-century high-class residence and was once surrounded by magnificent gardens that connected it to other buildings known as Casini di San Silvestro.
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