"Le donne, i cavallier, l'arme, gli amori, le cortesie, l'audaci imprese io canto..."
(Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso)
Staying in the rooms of Dimora Marfisa d'Este you will live the experience of living in an authentic Ferrara home: the long entrance hall, the pink marble stairs on the right, the back garden, the floors of antique terracotta, the "perisane" window shutters to close in the evening.
Here you will find yourself immersed in a unique place, full of history. You will walk through the library's twenty thousand books, collected over a lifetime by Giorgio Franceschini, lawyer, historian and partisan.
It was in these rooms that the tricolor flag which weaved above the town hall on the day of the liberation of Ferrara from Nazi-fascism was secretly sewed together, overnight, by Giorgio’s mother.
You will find the libraries passing through the big entrance hall L'audaci imprese, or going up the stairs towards the bedrooms, or whilst having breakfast in the Le Cortesie room.
From the bedrooms you will hear the distant sound of the tennis balls from the Giardino dei Finzi Contini courts, on which young Giorgio Bassani and Michelangelo Antonioni used to play.
You will be able to enjoy a moment of relaxation in the garden, in the shadow of the big Ginkgo Biloba tree, and whilst you look at the park of the Renaissance Palace once owned by the noblewoman Marfisa d'Este, the niece of Lucrezia Borgia and protector of Torquato Tasso, you will let someone tell you the legends of her endless lovers.
Or perhaps, whilst you taste the typical Tenerina cake or some of the other homemade delicacies, you will read the homage book that you will have found, different for each guest, on your bedside table on your arrival.
Then you will go out, on foot or by bicycle, and like a traveler on the Grand Tour of the past centuries, you will slowly lose yourself in the magical beauty of Ferrara.