Le Delizie Estensi
The word "Delizia" shows the court and princely living, characterized by the continuous interplay between nature and artifice, that the literary tradition of the late 16th century leads mainly to leisure and entertainment places. Between the city and the countryside, there were 53 Delizie Estensi, including hunting lodges and summer retreats located in the territory of Ferrara and Rovigo, blasted by the Este family in a period from the late fourteenth to mid-sixteenth century. Many of these have unfortunately disappeared.
The Delizie Estensi, together with the city of Ferrara and the Po Delta Park, have been included in the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO as follows: "the residences of the Dukes of Este in the Po Delta show such an exceptional influence of the Reinassance culture”.
Some of the Delizie Estensi are still in good condition and fully open to visitors, such as the Mesola Castle, the Villa Del Mensa, the Delizia del Verginese, the Delizia del Benvignante and Delizia del Belriguardo.