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. Illustrious guests came here, such as heads of state, popes and princes passing through Ferrara. The decay of the Delizia began with the last Duke Alfonso II.
The Delizia Del Belriguardo was originally made up of a main building with fifty rooms, all decorated, and two lodges; around there were large stables and other buildings. Today you enter in the large courtyard, passing under the loggia and the entrance tower, still topped by the Este sign in Istrian stone. The main body has large Gothic windows and a passage through which you reach a columned loggia. Once, there was a large and lush garden full of fountains and fish ponds, while inside the building were the famous rooms painted by the artists of the Officina Ferrarese. The only pictorial testimony left is the cycle of the Sala Della Vigna located on the ground floor and visible to this day. In the frescoes shoots, vine leaves and grapes give the illusion of a huge pergola supported by rows of four caryatids, against the backdrop of beautiful imaginary landscapes.
One wing of the building houses the Archaeological Museum, which contains relics of necropolis of Voghenza, and the Sala Virgili, with works of the contemporary sculptor.
How to get to The Delizia del Belriguardo:
By car: From the highway Ferrara-Porto Garibaldi, exit at Gualdo; continue following the signs for Voghiera.
By bus: suburban bus 342 Ferrara-Longastrino, stop in Voghiera, opposite the Delizia.