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Lovely in Every Way

This 17th century Benedictine monastery is the home for a small group of nuns that tend the... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
SelbyDale
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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This isn't a place for mass tourism. Luckily. No room for parking the car (or the coach) there... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Hendrik_NL
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 14 August 2018

The church is a little bit further from other attractions of the historical centre of Ferrara, so it takes ~15-20min to get there. Remember to check the current opening times - when I visited, they were only open 9:30-11:30 and 15:15-16:45! A total of 3.5h...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

This 17th century Benedictine monastery is the home for a small group of nuns that tend the complex. When you enter the church you will be on the side where one sits for services. On the other side of the grill is the decorated chapels...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

This isn't a place for mass tourism. Luckily. No room for parking the car (or the coach) there. Parking is for residents of that Ferrara area only. So we had to walk. Arriving at the monastery, after walking a number of cobble stoned streets in...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Hendrik_NL
Reviewed 10 April 2018

A made a return visit to Ferrara to visit this monster and to view the frescoes in the chapel. I wasn't disappointed. Although there are specific opening times, you still need to ring a bell and to be let in by a nun who takes...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank AnneSpecial
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Ring the bell, a nun will guide you to the private part of the church with beautiful frescoes (Giotto school) and 1400 wooden choir from where they pray 4 times per day. The grave of Beatrice d'Este is also inside. The cloister must be lovely...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Jose_el_Sabio
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Ring at the door of this out-of-the-way oasis and a Benedictine nun will show you the amazing frescoes by the school of Giotto. It helped to have a little Italian, since our guide spoke no English, but the BIblical scenes are so familiar that it...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 29 April 2017

This monastery is definitely worth the walk. Although a little off the centre it is, in our opinion, one of the highlights of our visit to Ferrara. The frescoes are beautiful and the extraordinary atmosphere of the monastery, still in use, is a lasting memory.

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank gianlorenzo
Reviewed 18 April 2017

This convent really is a hidden gem with a very special atmosphere and wonderful 500 year old frescoes, the best in Ferrara. It is important to check opening times to avoid disappointment but try and go so that you can attend afternoon vespers, a very...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

Beautiful trecento frescoes and gives a real feeling for many women's lives in the late medieval and early Renaissance periods.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Caterina408
Reviewed 14 October 2016

A nun will meet you at the door during visiting time, check ahead and if you go late in the afternoon you will be able to sit outside and then go back in to hear the 5:00 pm chanting of vespers, and she will walk...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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