Overlooking the current Via Scandiana, near the Basilica of Santa Maria in Vado, in the south-eastern area of Ferrara, PALAZZO SCHIFANOIA is one of the most enchanting and emblematic residences of the Este family.
Built in 1385 within the city walls, in a wide green area near the Po river, it is today the result of several structural changes and extensions carried out over the centuries.
The name literally means “loathing boredome”, and as a matter of fact it was requested by Alberto V d’Este as a refuge where to abandon oneself to the otium, enjoying the pleasures of eating and resting.
Today, it hosts the Musei Civici d’Arte Antica di Ferrara (City Museum of Ferrara Ancient Art) and is famous for the inner decorations, of which the Months Room (Salone di Mesi) definitely deserves a mention. It is a large frescoed cycle painted by the best painters of Ferrara of the time (1470), and experts consider it one of the highest examples of Italian Renaissance art linked with the Estensi.