Ferrara returns to the splendours of the Renaissance for the Este Carnival

From 20 to 23 February 2020 will be held the traditional historical procession inspired by the triumph of the brothers Alfonso and Ippolito D’Este

Ferrara (Italy) – The sceneries are the authentic ones of the past, because in Ferrara squares, monuments and historical buildings, including the majestic Estense Castle, are still those of the Renaissance. But from 20th to 23rd February 2020, the magnificence of its historic centre will be the setting for the exclusive Este Carnival, to be experienced with the Consorzio Visit Ferrara. A Carnival out of the ordinary, which, like a journey through time, transports visitors into the world of ladies, princes, courtiers, storytellers and armed men, costume banquets, theatrical performances, historical dances, shows inspired by the festivals held at Carnival in the 15th and 16th centuries, to immerse themselves in the life of the Este family, the lords of Ferrara in the Renaissance. The districts of the Palio of Ferrara organize fancy-dress events and historical dinners, theatrical companies from the Marche, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Emilia Romagna bring on stage shows and comedies. Conferences and meetings enliven the events dedicated to cultural insights. You can take part in boat trips in the moat of the Estense Castle, themed guided tours of the historic centre and museums, workshops and ancient games. Moreover, the Frescobaldi Conservatory of Ferrara will host the opening concert of the Carnival. Among the highlights of the 4 days of celebration, the historical parade on Saturday 22nd February, which this year will be dedicated to the brothers Alfonso and Ippolito D’Este protagonists of Polesella’s victory over the Venetian armies on 22nd December 1509. With them and 250 participants you will be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of triumph, and then live other experiences of the Renaissance world, such as the harshness of the medieval process and torture, or the enchantment of the polychromy that frescoed the interior walls of Casa Romei, a rich 15th century house, on whose walls the original frescoes will be projected. The closing of the Carnival, Sunday 23 February, will see another procession with the brothers Alfonso and Ippolito D’Este accompanied by Duchess Lucrezia Borgia, from the Castle to the grand staircase of Piazza Municipale where the re-enactment of the battle between Este and Venetian soldiers will be staged.


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