Cortile Ducale

Through the "Horse Vault" you get access in the Ducal Courtyard (now Town Hall Square), where you can see the marble windows of the Este family apartments, the grand staircase (1481) designed by Pietro Benvenuto degli Ordini and the former Chapel of the Court, now Estense Hall, used mainly for conferences and shows. In 1638 the Ducal Palace there was the premiere of the opera "Andromeda" by Michelangelo Rossi.