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“Casa Romei, charming building in Ferrara”

Museo di Casa Romei
Ranked #5 of 136 things to do in Ferrara
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Casa Romei was built by the merchant Giovanni Romei around the mid fifteenth century, and constitutes a unique renaissance mansion in Ferrara. Original decorations from the age of its first owner, elegant courtyards, loggias, halls, make it an exceptional landmark inside the ancient city centre. During the time that the house formed part of the Monastery of Corpus Domini, the ceilings of the rooms on the first floor (XVI century), were decorated with elegant grotesques. Casa Romei became a veritable museum in 1955 and received collections of frescoes, statues and lapidaries from mostly destroyed ancient city churches and civil buildings. Therefore you can discover -inside its 15 rooms- witnesses from a forgotten town. The echoes of important artists, such as Donatello, Francesco Dal Cossa, Gregorio di Lorenzo, Bastianino, Alfonso Lombardi, make the visit inside Casa Romei an unforgettable experience of a greater interest.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Casa Romei is the only building in Ferrara that still manages to convey the charm and atmosphere of an elegant building built between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Around 1440 Giovanni Romei, a wealthy merchant, landowner, banker and official of the Este house, began the construction of his domus magna in the heart of Ferrara. In the beautiful courtyard and in the frescoed decorations of the rooms and the loggias late-Gothic and Renaissance elements blend together.
Giovanni Romei's home is a unique example of architecture from the early fifteenth century Ferrara.
On the ground floor there are the original and magnificent decorations of a taste between the late Gothic and Renaissance: the Sibyls' Room and the Prophets' Room.
The museum, which offers the view of precious frescoes detached from buildings in Ferrara now lost and preserves precious paintings and sculptures by great artists such as Donatello or Alfonso Lombardi, gives visitors the opportunity to discover an ancient Ferrara no longer existing.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This home is cultural capital! Spend a day in Ferrara, contemplating great art and cultural treasures, those you can’t take with you! ...And visit Polissena's Rooms at Casa Romei!

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Reviewed 1 October 2017

This is really worth visiting. Gives a most illuminating picture of life for a wealthy citizen of Ferrara. Very very interesting

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

If you want to know something about history of Ferrara city you need to visit Casa Romei.Ticket price 3 euro/1 adult

4  Thank Doina-Elena G
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

Wonderful historic residence in Ferrara shows how the wealthy lived in medieval times. To my eye much looked back to Roman times, however it was amazing to see what was behind the street walls that we walked past. We were met at the entrance by an English speaking lady who worked there and she was able to answer some of our questions. A minor disappointment was the lack of interpretation within the museum and the rooms, it could have added so much. But still worthwhile. There is no furniture within the rooms as the last owner left it to the nearby monastry.
NOTE: Openings time, like many sites in Ferrara, vary sometimes mornings and sometimes afternoon.

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