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Este Castle (Castello Estense) Tours

Este Castle (Castello Estense)
This iconic castle located in the heart of Ferrara dates back to the 1300s and stands as an homage to an ancient era that still attracts travelers and history lovers to its towering gates. Visitors who want to explore this scenic destination will find restored prisons, barracks and weapon stores, in addition to gardens, a council hall, and dozens of other restored and renovated rooms that showcase what life here was like thousands of years ago. 

Travelers say the idyllic drawbridge, Giants’ Room and the old school dungeon are some of the spots in this massive castle that are not to be missed. And while the castle’s interior is still covered with frescos, visitors say some are badly in need of restoration to return them to their original beauty.

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Castello Estense is located in the center of Ferrara near the intersection of Viale Cavour and Corso Ercole I d’Este. It is open daily except Mondays and hours vary according to the season. Entrance is 8 euros for adults. Guided tours are available for 4 euros.
Address: Largo Castello, 1, Ferrara, Italy
Hours: Open Tues-Sun and hours vary according to the season
Admission: Adults: 8 euros
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Balloon Rides

Private Tour: Emilia-Romagna Hot Air Balloon Flight with Transport from Bologna

Soar up, up and away on a hot air balloon ride over the hills of Emilia-Romagna. The experience includes pickup and drop-off from Bologna, and the ride takes in sights of the region’s vineyard-speckled valleys and castles such as Castello Estense of Ferrara — a moated fortress with a drawbridge. Cap the experience with a glass of sparkling wine, and then relax on the journey back to Bologna. The hot air balloon holds up to five people in addition to the pilot.
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Walking Tours

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Historic City Tour

Historical city tour: Trinity college campus and library (optional inside), Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral (optional), Christ Church Cathedral (outside), Temple Bar, Gerogian Dublin, Merrion square, Oscar Wilde, Gardini Reali. The tour is private and can be customized by travelers.
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Cultural Tours

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Ferrara Tour of Must-See Attractions with Local Top Rated Guide

Ferrara has been nominated among the UNESCO World Heritage sites for the richness and unspoiled beauty of its historical centre.City of art, it has been ruled for centuries by the aristocratic family Este, who influenced the architectural style of the town balancing and melting together elements from the Medieval Age with the Renaissance ones. It is in fact recognized all around Europe as a “modern city with a real Renaissance character”.Wear your comfortable shoes and get ready to live with us a unique experience between art, curiosities and history!
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City Tours

Private Day Tour of Ravenna and Ferrara

Spend a day exploring the beauty and history of Ravenna and Ferrara with this private full-day tour. Visit the top sights in each city, including the cathedral and Castello Estense in Ferrara and the many gorgeous churches in Ravenna with colorful mosaics. Enjoy the personal attention of your private guide.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Ferrara City Center Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Explore the UNESCO-listed city center of Ferrara with a private guide, who’s focused on your sole group. Offering a more personal experience, the tour is perfect for those who are looking for greater interaction with a guide. You’ll not just see the sights of the city, you’ll also learn the city history as you admire landmarks such as Castello Estense, Ferrara Cathedral, and more.
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Bike Tour Discovering Ferrara

Discover Ferrara by bike on a 3-hour tour led by a knowledgeable guide who shows you the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city’s highlights. Bike along Viale Cavour to important sites including the Castello Estense, Palazzo dei Diamanti and the Duomo (Ferrara Cathedral). Wheel down well-marked bike paths that run along the ancient city walls and stop to take in the majestic Piazza Trento Trieste. Learn about the urban planners of the Renaissance who created the Addizione Erculea, and more on this fun and informative bike tour.
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Cultural Tours

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Small-Group Ferrara Tour of City Highlights with Top-Rated Local Guide

During this 2.5 hours small group walking tour a knowledgeable guide will illustrate the story of Ferrara making it come alive, we guarantee you will feel completely engaged with the city atmosphere.You will not only like beautiful monuments such as the Estense castle, the Town Hall, the Palazzo dei Diamanti, you will perceive the feelings that still permeate these buildings full of history and stories.
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Cultural Tours

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Ferrara Highlights Small Group Tour with a Local Guide

Ferrara can be considered an ideal city, its layout is the result of meticulous urban planning, completed and implemented in 1492, this town is indeed the realization of the humanist concept of the ideal city and the only planned Renaissance town to have been completed.Given this premise you surely cannot miss a deep and learned tour of the most important monuments and palaces in order not only to enjoy their beauty but also to understand their profound meaning and importance.During our 2.5 hours small group walking tour our knowledgeable guide will illustrate the story of Ferrara making it come alive, we guarantee you will feel completely engaged with the city atmosphere.You will not only like beautiful monuments such as the Estense castle, the Town Hall, the Palazzo dei Diamanti, you will perceive the feelings that still permeate these buildings full of history and stories.
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Cultural Tours

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Ferrara Highlights Small Group Tour by Night

During this 2.5 hours small group walking tour we will admire all the amazing outdoor monuments of Ferrara, the night lights add a warm and fascinating energy to the richly decorated façade of the St George cathedral, the elegant Town Hall palaces. Our knowledgeable tour guide will lead you at the discovery of the narrow streets of the former Jewish Ghetto, crossing the appealing Via delle Volte, ancient medieval center of the city, with its arches, century-old bricks and churches; end-ing at the Estense castle, an incredible example of a perfectly preserved castle with its intact moat.A night tour is the perfect option to admire Ferrara free of crowds and traffic, the splendid monuments of this charming town become even more striking when lit up.
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Walking Tours

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FERRARA WALKING TOUR

The three centuries of the Este domination, when the court of Ferrara was among the most refined and cultured in Europe, without having canceled the medieval Romanesque Gothic grandeur, have left a profoundly humanistic imprint in the city among churches, castles, delights and palaces wonderfully frescoed. Not to mention the flowering of an elegant and refined gastronomy that continues to delight the palates and tables of Ferrara.
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Cultural Tours

Private walking tour of Ferrara with a local guide

Ferrara is considered one of Italy’s most intact Renaissance cities, and with this walking tour you can take a deep dive into its UNESCO-listed old town by visiting its impressive architectural landmarks with the insight of a private guide. Take in highlights including the imposing Estense Castle, as well as the city’s storied palaces, churches, squares, and Jewish Ghetto on foot without the hassle of a guidebook or map.
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