Between Etruscan ancestors and life at court
Palazzo Costabili stands out on the ancient Via della Ghiara with its imposing bulk, one of the most beautiful Renaissance palazzi of Ferrara, an absolute masterpiece - even though unfinished - by the great ferrarese architect Biagio Rossetti.
The central courtyard, the loggias, the grand staircase, the succession of the wide rooms testifie to the life of a high rank ducal family, evidenced by the extraordinary frescoed ceiling by Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, which portrays scenes of court life.
The story of this exceptional building is intertwined with the fate of the ancient city of Spina, which begins to unfold its secrets at the time of the great land reclamation works during the first half of the last century. The Palazzo became a casket for the treasures of the Etruscan city and displays in its splendid halls the finds from the town of Spina and the rich grave goods from its necropolis.
Take a step into the ancient Spina with its splendid Etruscan bronzes, golden and amber jewels and especially its beautiful Attic vases, decorated with the mythical stories of gods and heroes, but also with scenes of daily life, which connect the Etruscan Spina with the great Athens and now with us who visit these halls.
Via XX Settembre, 122 - Ferrara
Fully accessible to mobility-impaired visitors
From Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 17.00 (the ticket office closes at 16.30)
Normally closed January 1st, May 1st, December 25th
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time. Last adimission: 30 minutes before closing time.
Full: 6,00 €
Reduced 3,00 € (Young people aged between 18 and 25 years, upon presentation of valid identity card or passport);
Free of charge for all people under 18 years upon presentation of valid identity card or passport, the first sundays of each month from October to March and on April 23th, December 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, August 14th and 15th;
for citizens of non-EU Countries, only upon mutual agreement.
From July 1 2017 it will be possibile to access only the Renaissance Gardens at the cost of 1 euro. The opining times are the same as the Museum.