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Palazzo Schifanoia

Palazzo Schifanoia is open with a new itinerary (divided over 850 square meters, 11 rooms, about 170 works of art), a new layout and new lights and a new museographic concept developed with the aim of reconnecting Ferrara with one of the most important testimonies of its history.
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).

Building on Schifanoia began at the end of the 1300s in a very green area near the river Po. Nowadays, the palace has the appearance of a long building divided into two wings: the single-storey 14th-century wing to the west and to east the two-storey 15th-century wing which makes up Duke Borso's extension of the years 1465-1467.
The façade, at one time crowned with crenellations and frescoed with fake polychrome marble, is distinguished by an elegant marble portal designed by Francesco del Cossa.

The most famous and interesting room is definitely the Sala dei Mesi (Room of the Months), frescoed by Ferrara painters of the 15th century: Francesco del Cossa, Ercole de' Roberti and others. Painted pilaster strips divide the wails into squares, each corresponding to a month.

The visit includes the main room of the Palace, the Room of the Months (with a new illumination system) and other 10 rooms of the fifteenth-century building, some of which  never open to the public: a journey through the age of Borso and Ercole I, the sixteenth-century splendor of Alfonso I and the autumn of the Renaissance.


Open: 10.00-19.00. Ticket office closes at 18.00. Closed on Monday

Open Easter Monday.
Closed January, 1st; 6th; Easter Sunday, November 1st, December 25th and 26th.

Reservations are recommended:

Closing days

  • Monday


Full 10,00 euro.
Reduced 8,00 euro (people aged 18-30; over 65; university students, YoungERcard owner, authorised categories).

The ticket includes the visit of the Lapidary Museum

FREE ENTRANCE for the owners of MYFE tourist card


  • Up to age 18
  • Groups of students
  • Disabled persons with one accompanying person
  • Tourist guides
  • Journalists

How to get here

On foot: 20 minutes from the Castle Estense
By bus: No. 1 and No. 9 from the Railway Station and the Castle Estense, stop - Hospital in Giovecc (600 meters); No. 6 from V.le Cavour and from the castle, stop Alfonso d'Este (300 meters).
Accessible by car (parking only on street nearby).

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