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 Paradiso - Ariostea Library

In 1567 it was designated as a centre for the various university faculties: it was then that, to the design of Alessandro Balbi and Giovan Battista Aleotti, today’s imposing facade with the clock tower and a large portal in white stone was added. In the eighteenth century, Antonio Foschini built the broad staircase leading to the Ariostea Library and Francesco Mazzarelli the Anatomical Theatre, which can still be visited. In 1801 the tomb of Ludovico Ariosto was transferred here from St Benedict’s Church. The Ariostea Library contains a vast patrimony of books that ranges from antique manuscripts to the most modern publications. It is partly organised with open shelving and has a room with facilities for the visually impaired.


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Mon. to Fri.: 9.00-19-30. Sat.: 9.00-13.00.

Visits are possible during the opening hours of the library.

Closing days

  • Sundays and holidays


Free entrance

Information office

Main Tourist Information Office of Ferrara

telefax 0532 212266

How to get here

On foot: 10 minutes from the Este Castle;
By bus: n. 2 from the Train Station.


Accessible to people with disabilities.

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