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Verginese Castle

Le Occare, an ancient Farmhouse in the countryside of Ferrara

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The Belriguardo castle "Delizia di Belriguardo", masterpiece of the architect Giovanni Da Siena, under the commitment in 1435 of Niccolo III d’Este, was the summer residence of the Este court and, at its best, was like a little Italian Versaille. 

The "Delizia del Verginese" was one of the many castles that the Lords of Este built in the countryside to go hunting and to spend the summertime far from the sultriness of the town. Designed by the architect Girolamo da Carpi under the commitment of Alfonso I d'Este, was a gift to his lover, the beautiful courtesan Laura Dianti. A magnificent conservative restoration has bring to a new life this elegant little castle, now used for art exhibitions and concerts.