Carrarese Castle (XIV century)

The current building dates back to the year 1340 and was built on the ruins of the previous fortification, destroyed in 1238 by the troops of Ezzelino da Romano. The most antique nucleus, dating back to the period of the great invasions, is represented by a circle of  walls with a church and a large central building. The first structure was incorporated from the XI century in a series of defensive walls and residential buildings until win in roughly the mid XIII century, the Marquis d’Este restored the castle by strengthening its defensive prerogatives. The construction, with a square layout, is surrounded by imposing walls interspersed with twelve small towers. The central tower is situated on the hill, so as to “watch” over the whole town; it terminates with a square tower and at the north-east there is a small castle (also called Rocca del Soccorso) that originally provided access to the fortress. The park and the public gardens constitute an attraction for the uniqueness of their setting and also for the presence of precious arboreal species among which it is worth mentioning the secular wisteria that climbs up the walls on the side of the entrance on Via G. Negri.

The Gardens of the Carrarese Castle can be visited every day of the year, except in cases of force majeure or extraordinary maintenance reasons. Entrance is free.

Opening times:

from October 1st till March 31st: from 09:00 a.m. till 05:00 p.m.

from April 1st till May 31st: from 08:00 a.m. till 08:00 p.m.

from June 1st till September 30th: from 08:00 a.m. till 11:30 p.m.

Now there is a new facilitated path to visit the public gardens of the Este’s Castle:

indicated by special signs, the path starts from the main entrance in Via Guido Negri, it continues along the children’s play area, climbs to the hill and, turning right on the slope, it leads to the walls.There one can enjoy the panorama of the beautiful Italian gardens.

Wheelchair operating on batteries:

people with disabilities can take the opportunity to enjoy the path using the wheelchair at their full disposal without any charge. This must be booked in advance calling: +39 348 93 44 069 or by sending an email to: