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 retired there and made hers small private courtyard and ordered the renovation, mainly carried out by Girolamo da Carpi.
He designed the castle as a rectangular building and two orders, bordered by four squared embattled towers. Aside, a small eighteenth-century church is placed, joined to the building via a porch built in the same period. The interior was decorated in the 18th century with stucco, Art Nouveau flowers of tempera, shells, rosettes, volutes and thick frames outlining ceilings. The nearby pigeon tower is a remnant of the properties originally situated around the delight and dates back to the sixteenth century.
The halls of the Verginese house the permanent exhibition “Mors Inmatura - il sepolcreto dei Fadieni” documenting the discovery of a small Roman necropolis within walking distance from the Delizia. In addition to the five steles, more than 200 artefacts found in the tombs are exposed: clay articles, bronze artefacts, harness products, coins and a unique collection of tableware glassware, intact and finely crafted, very rare for the territory of Ferrara.
Outside the garden was reconstructed, called Brolo, made in the Renaissance essentially by flowers and fruit trees, to combine colours and scents and the fruit production for the canteen.
The former chapel of the castle, adjacent to the porch and communicating with it, is used for civil marriages.
How to reach the Delizia del Verginese:
By car: highway connection Ferrara-Porto Garibaldi, exit at Masi San Giacomo, towards Portomaggiore; at Gambulaga turn left on the road “Strada Esterna Rosa” and continue on the road “Strada Esterna Verginese”. About 25 km.