D is also for Diamonds...so my ABCW post this week is about Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. (Diamanti is Italian for diamonds.) The outer wall of the palazzo is covered in large marble blocks cut to look like diamonds. It is a very unique looking structure! It was built around 1500 and is a striking example of European Renaissance architecture. I believe it was once home to the Este family (what wasn't in that part of the country?!)
My mother and I had hoped to tour the National Art Gallery now housed in this building, but alas it was closed the day we were wandering around this section of the city and we never did make it back during our time in Ferrara. But we got up close and personal with the exterior, and also were able to stroll around the inner courtyard. I would love to visit Ferrara again someday...it is a fascinating city. If (when) I return, I would love to rent a bicycle while there - cycling is "the" mode of transportation around this place.
Here are some photos of the Palazzo dei Diamanti taken last August...
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