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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


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Delizia di Benvignante
Delizia di Benvignante
The Delizia Del Benvignante was designed by the court architect Pietro Benvenuto degli Ordini for Borso d'Este and testifies the sober and refined elegance of Ferrara architecture during the Renaissan...
The Delizia Del Belriguardo
The Delizia Del Belriguardo
The Delizia Del Belriguardo was built by Niccolò d'Este in 1435. It was the first of the famous Este residences to be built outside the walls of Ferrara and remained the most rich and sumptuous. Illu...
The Delizia Del Verginese
The Delizia Del Verginese
Originally a farmhouse, the Verginese was transformed into a ducal residence in the early sixteenth century by Alfonso I d'Este and given to Laura Eustochia Dianti. On the death of the Duke, the lady ...
Mesola Castle
Mesola Castle
The proud Este Castle of Mesola and important fishing port of Goro mark the north-eastern border of Ferrara territory and delimit the protected area of the Regional Po Delta Park: a European reference...






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