Este Castle of Mesola

Mesola - Piazza Umberto I, 1

Este Castle of Mesola


Entry price: € 3.00
Red. 2 € (over 65, under 18 anni, groups). Free up to age 6


Always open
From November to March: Sat, Sun and Holidays 9.30-12.30/ 14.30-17.30. From April to October: Tue-Sun. 9.30-12.30/ 15.00-18.00. For groups booking required.


Telephone: +39 339 1935943

The most important building in the village is certainly the massive and elegant hunting castle built by the last Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso II during the second half of the XVIth century. It was the last of the so-called "delizie" (delights) of the Este family. It was meant to provide hospitality for the court during the hunting season, but the entire complex was surrounded by fortification walls with towers. The castle, which stood on the western side of the entire complex, still dominates the village with its four elegant-shaped towers. The main building is surrounded by low service buildings gathered into a semi-circle, which outline the courtyard. Nowadays the castle is used as the seat of the Municipal Library and the Historic Archive. In the Civic Art Gallery important exhibitions of contemporary art take place every year. The Centre for Environmental Education, related to the nature of the surrounding Po Delta Park is also located in the castle.

Source: local Staff of Ferrara


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