Este Castle - "The woman, the knights, the weapons, the love,..."

Ph Pierluigi Benini

Women, knights, arms, loves... and all the stories of the Este court


Available dates: 4/02, 11/02, 18/02, 25/02 from 16:00 to 17:30 | Reservation required 
Hours: from 16:00 to 17:30
Fees: € 10 per person - free up to 15 years old. Fees do not include the ticket to the Castello Estense - the guide provides a bonus of € 1 per participant on the cost of the ticket. Small dogs allowed.
The meeting point with the guide is in the inner courtyard of the Castle, under the loggia.
If you are unable to take part in the visit, please inform us in good time by calling
0532 419190.


Full price: € 12; Reduced price: € 10 
Free admission: MyFE card holders; children under 13.


These are the protagonists of the events narrated during the guided tour of the Estense Castle, a defensive fortress in the Middle Ages and an elegant Estense residence in the Renaissance, a place of power, intrigue and passionate love stories. Visiting the Castle from the ancient medieval Gothic rooms to the prisons in the basement, we will know the compelling story of Don Giulio d'Este and the unfortunate love story of Ugo and Parisina Malatesta. Then the Renaissance banquet and the master chef Cristoforo da Messisbugo. We will go up to the main floor to the Garden of the Oranges, where Ludovico Ariosto and the court poets entertained the Este duchesses with their poems: Lucrezia Borgia,  Eleonora of Aragon, Isabella d'Este. We will visit the Ducal Apartments with the Camerino dei Baccanali, the wedding room of the Duchess Renata of France and her private Chapel, the Games Room with beautiful frescoes and the representative Halls, the so-called apartment of the "Patience", the Hall of Honour and the Halls of Mirrors.  The itinerary will conclude with the Cardinals' Apartments and the sumptuous Hall of the Coats of Arms and the figure of Pope Clement VIII Aldobrandini.

Ph Pierluigi Benini

Ph Pierluigi Benini