Fodor's Expert Review Palazzo Schifanoia
Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.
The oldest, most characteristic area of Ferrara is south of the Duomo, stretching between the Corso Giovecca and the city's ramparts. Here various members of the Este family built pleasure palaces, the best known of which is the Palazzo Schifanoia (schifanoia means "carefree" or, literally, "fleeing boredom"). Begun in the late 14th century, the palace was remodeled between 1464 and 1469. Now part of the Museo Schifanoia, the lavish interior is well worth visiting—particularly the Salone dei Mesi, which contains an extravagant series of frescoes showing the months of the year and their mythological attributes. Since a 2013 earthquake, only the Salone and the adjacent Ala degli Stucchi have remained open to the public.