Palazzo Municipale

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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,201 contributions
Historic Home of the Ruling Este Family
May 2019
The Palazzo Municipale sits opposite the cathedral and is normally completely overshadowed by it. However the Cathedral is currently undergoing renovations and is covered with hoarding so the Palazzo is no longer the poor cousin. Instead it now dominates the piazza.
It looks not unlike a small castle with a large tower and crenellated roofline. Built in 1245, it was originally home to the powerful ruling Este family until they moved down the road to the castle a couple of centuries later. However you can still see two members of the Este family commemorated on the building. Niccolo III D’Este is the figure on horseback above the arch and the other figure sitting on the column is his son Borso. Both were interesting characters. Niccolo was married three times and he executed one wife and his illegitimate son Ugo when he caught them sleeping together. Borso stayed on the right side of his father and subsequently became Duke. He was known for wearing clothing made of gold, keeping pet leopards and trying to build an artificial mountain (a futile project that he had to give up).
The large archway leads through to what was the palazzo courtyard which you can wander through.
Written 31 December 2019
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia4,462 contributions
Fascinating Palace
Oct 2019
The Palazzo del Municipio tells the story of the city of Ferrara, which is managed to maintain its structure over the years. Residence of the Este family that still dominates the city today with its imposing staircase and beautiful facade. The history of the Palace is extremely rich and interesting. The Palazzo del Municipio (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 flanked by two sculptures. To the right, above an arch designed by Leon Battista Alberti, is a statue of Niccolò III d'Este on horseback, to the left, seated on a column, is his son Borso. The present-day facade is a Neo-Gothic reconstruction that includes the Torre della Vittoria, where the bronze monument to Victory and the work of great value by Arrigo Minerbi is housed. At the end of the 15th century in the courtyard of honor the architect Pietro Benvenuti degli Ordini, began construction of the covered monumental staircase. The interior of the Palace is richly decorated. The most impressive rooms are the Stanzino delle Duchesse (Rooms of Duchess), which housed Eleonora d'Este ( She was the first daughter of Alfonso I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara ) and Lucrezia d'Este ( daughter of Ercole II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara ).
Written 22 November 2019
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john b
Valparaiso, IN772 contributions
We loved Ferrara
Oct 2019
Walking the entire old area is wonderful/ beautiful/charming. It's like a small Florence with some tourist but not the masses...no Michelangelo's...but beautiful and just as old. Church was closed for remodeling...wish we could have seen.
Great food here...better than Tuscany IMO.
Worth at least 2 days...we want to come back and live here for a month.
This Building is representative of all the beauty here.
Written 16 October 2019
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Fudge03
Sussex, England1,205 contributions
Disappointing
Sep 2017 • Couples
Disappointing. The outside is suitably awesome, but the inside is largely bare and the information supplied very dry and wordy. We failed to get any feel of what had happened there, despite the presence of a dedicated poison room and some rather spooky dungeons.
Written 24 October 2017
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Alan E
Oakville, Ontario, Canada646 contributions
Walk in the steps of the Borgias!
Sep 2017 • Friends
Palazzo Municipale, town hall (1243), has a big arch is flanked by statues of the Marquis Niccolo Ill on horseback and Duke Borso of Este enthroned.
The original Este palace was where Lucrezia Borgia celebrated her marriage to Alfonso d'Este, It is an iconic building that is still a working home for the Municipality of Ferrara. There were flags flying below the windows representing the winners of the palio held the last Sunday in every May. The races are run in the historical Piazza Ariostea.
Written 28 September 2017
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HampshireBirdman
Martina Franca, Italy485 contributions
Wonderful condition after all these years
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is an iconic building for Ferrara appearing in so many books and guides for this city, and it is still a working home for the Municipality of Ferrara. There were flags flying below the windows, probably representing participants in the palio.
The outside of the building is in excellent condition and whilst we were there the local fire brigade were abseiling over the tower looking at the condition..
The inner courtyard has some restaurants and bars. Sadly we did not have time to go inside.
Written 16 July 2017
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miacabrerm
Miami, FL88 contributions
Beautiful Palace!
Oct 2016 • Couples
Totally worth visiting and very close to the Castello in the center of the city. We walked from the train station and it is a pretty walk and it only took us about 25 minutes, taking our time.
Written 3 November 2016
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK930 contributions
Steeped in history
Oct 2016 • Friends
The original Este palace, scene of fabulous banquets and court ceremonial occasions so lavish their reputation spread all over Italy. It was here Lucrezia Borgia celebrated her marriage to Alfonso d'Este. The sweeping staircase entrance has been climbed many famous pairs of feet over the centuries
Written 26 October 2016
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sssteveg
Haifa, Israel1,424 contributions
Municipality and museum as well!
May 2016 • Couples
This palazzo also happens to be the city municipality building. When we went in, we weren’t aware of that. However, once inside, it was clear where we were. It is a working city hall, and there were clerks walking around doing their work.
The place is a real museum, and there were also schoolkids there on a teacher guided tour. The rooms that are open are beautiful, and filled with lovely tapestries and statues. There was also a display of a public project dedicated to helping the underprivileged. It’s free and you can stroll about at your leisure.
Written 20 October 2016
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invicta10
Hastings, UK60 contributions
Still a working building, but plenty to look at.
Sep 2016 • Friends
The Palazzo Municipale is close to the Estensi Castle in the historic centre of Ferrara and there are several other significant buildings close by such as the Cathedral. The city administration still occupies part of the buildings but various rooms and other parts are visitable. There's a rather sinister statue of Savonarola close by outside.
I particularly liked the facade of the building and the external grand staircase (Scalone d'onore) just inside the main courtyard. And it almost goes without saying that there are frescoes and tapestries inside.
Something else to like about Ferrara is the fact that the historic centre is almost traffic free, with high priority given to bicycles.
Written 3 October 2016
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