Estense Castle

In Ferrara in 1385, a dangerous revolt convinced Niccolò II d’Este of the need to erect mighty defences for himself and his family thus the Castello di San Michele was built, a fortress erected against the people.
Este Castle of Ferrara
Estense Castle

Its imposing proportions, its moat, its drawbridges and its towers date back to that remote period. An elevated covered passageway, which still exists, joined the military building to the marquises’ Palace, today Palazzo Municipale. Centuries went by and the risk of riots died down. And so the castle became the magnificent residence of the court and was embellished with roof terraces at the top of the towers, marble balconies, the Renaissance style courtyard (at the time fully frescoed) and sumptuous apartments. The imposing towers stand out at the four corners of the Castle, symbols of the magnificence of the Este Family: the Torre di Santa Caterina; the splendid Torre dei Leoni, from which it is possible to admire the panorama of Ferrara (you can climb to the top of it during the visit of the Castle); the Torre Marchesana; the Torre di San Paolo.
(Ph. Nicola Bisi - Wikicommons)

The Estense Castle has obtained the "Quality Museum" status from Istituto per i Beni Culturali dell'Emilia-Romagna.


Opening hours: 9.30-17.30. The ticket office closes at 16.45.

From October to December CLOSED ON MONDAY.

- August, 7th, 14th, 21st  late opening from 19.30 to 23.30 ticket 2,00€.
- November 1st – 3rd: 9:30 – 18:30
- December 26th: 9:30 – 18:30
- December 30th: 9:30 – 17:30
- From December 27th reduced ticket.


FREE ENTRANCE for the owners of MYFE tourist card



Full price 8,00 euro.
Reduced 6,00 euro (under 18, over 65, groups more than 15 people).
School parties (12-18 years old) 3,00 euro.
Under 12 1,00 euro.
Family: 1 child (under 18) free each adult
Didactic activities 5,00 euro
Entrance to the Lions Tower
2,00 euro
Under 6 free entrance


  • Tourist guides
  • Disabled persons with one accompanying person
  • Up to age 6
  • Journalists

How to get here

On foot: 20 minutes from the train station, 10 minutes from the Centro Storico Parking.
By bus: N. 1 and N. 9 from the train station or bus stop Cavour Gardens or Giovecca Teatini.
Accessible by car (San Guglielmo Parking - 350 mt.).

Partially accessible to people with disabilities

last modified Aug 28, 2019 09:52
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