Colours: Red and blue
Territory: Via Pomposa (odd side, up to the limit of Ferrara’s Commune), Viale Po (odd side), Doro area, Via Modena (even side, up to the Botticelli’s canal, right side), external area of Via Pomposa, Casaglia and Ravalle, two agglomerates (up to the limit of the Ferrara’s Commune)
Seat: Via del Melo, 11
President: Gianpaolo Chiodi
The wide territorial jurisdiction of this Contrada includes the lands that expand themselves towards North-East beyond the walls up to the limit of the Commune; here there was the “Barchetto del duca”, where, during the period of Ercole I, took place many tournaments and jousts on horses. Furthermore here was settled Belfiore’s palace, rich of paintings and sculptures that Alberto d’Este made build and that later was enlarged by Leonello and Borso.
When the venetians troops, in 1482, came in through the walls of Barco (last rampart for defending the city) they settled in Belfiore and in the Certosa.
The war against Venezia ended only in 1509 when Duke Alfonso I, after the victory, made ran away the last Venetian (whose name seemed to be Doro) that however remains in the placename of the urban area called “il Doro”.
The lynx with acute sight, symbol of this Contrada, drew on a background red and blue, born with the Marquis Niccolò III (first real Estense prince) the one who had from Duke of Milano in 1441 – Filippo Maria Visconti – the protectorate of Visconti’s Countries. Niccolò wanted to create a confederation of Countries from the Lombardia to the Garfagnana, but he died poisoned and had to leave his emblem to his cultured son Leonello, that bandaged this one on his father honour.
The bandaged lynx is depicted on a medal of Pisanello, a famous artist that worked at Estensi’s Court.