Lucrezia Borgia spent the second half her life in Ferrara. After two marriages that ended in bizarre and terrible ways–as you will see if you watch the Showtime series– her last marriage to the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso I (or Alfonso II if you count how many husbands she had named Alfonso), was relatively tranquil.
In fact, her life had a fairy tale quality. She lived in this giant brick castle, complete with a moat and dungeons underneath. (There would not normally be ice on the moat. I happened to get to Ferrara during the coldest early spring in the last thirty years. )
Near the castle, Lucrezia attended church in a pink and white striped gothic cathedral, which had a pink and white striped bell tower that is leaning a bit, after close to a thousand years. Here they are:
When Lucrezia tired of her castle or her pink striped cathedral, she could visit the castles and hunting Continue reading