Ludovico Ariosto

Ludovico Ariosto

Poet and playwright

Ludovico Ariosto was born in Reggio-Emilia into a prosperous family of Ferrara. In 1484, he moved to Ferrara where he began his literary and philosophical studies. The Cardinal Ippolito d'Este and his brother Alfonso I Duke of Ferrara took the young poet under their patronage and appointed him as one of the gentlemen of their household. In 1516, he published the first version of Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando). During the last years of his life, he continued to revise it, and the final version appeared in 1532. Ariosto Library (via delle Scienze) cherishes a rich collection of Ariosto's most important manuscripts, and also contains 650 editions of his works. A room of the library is home to Ariosto Tomb, that was largely made of marble and is totally surrounded by sumptuous frescoes. Via Ariosto 67 hosts the small yet harmonious home where he spent his last years. It contains plenty of interesting memorabilia, and its façade bears the inscription "Parva, sed apta mihi" (It is small but fits me). The text also underlines it was erected by Ludovico with his own money.



  • Reggio Emilia, September 8, 1474 - Ferrara, July 6, 1533
  • 1 of 10 children
  • 2 children who had out of marriage
  • 11 years served for the preparation of Orlando Furioso
  • 40 cantos that divide the original work
  • 3 editions of the work
  • 7 satires
  • 6 comedies

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