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Ferrara - A Different Place To
Go For Your Italian Journey
The usual visit to Italy proposes the celebrated cities of Venice, Florence or Rome.
You'll be often lodged in an global resort, usually extremely costly, and you'll likely receive an
aseptic reception and a low excellent price ratio. You'll be very lost in a massive city area using a
hefty traffic and you'll share your visits to monuments and museums together with mass tourism.
Sometimes it happens that small is better. You can plan rather to visit Ferrara, a tiny medieval
and renaissance city of Emilia Romagna, in the north west of Italy.
It's been recently declared a Unesco world heritage site, due to its beautifully preserved ancient
urbanistic architecture, superb monuments and artistic treasures and the abundant and varied
In Ferrara and its countryside you can plan your stay in a tiny hotel, a guesthouse, a bed &
breakfast or a farmhouse where you will discover a quite inexpensive accommodation and a
In Italy there is plenty of magnificent old cities, but Ferrara is something different.
It hasn't been included in the frantic transformation and modernization that caused lots of Italian
towns to loose their individuality and soul. Ferrara isalso, in some way, a world apart. The
ancient town wall, which had previously the purpose to defend the city from hostile military
attacks, remains preserved. It averted Ferrara to grow out of control, and also maintained the
urbanistic tissue of the city. The ancient narrow alleys had been conserved and the bike remains
the most used vehicle in town. In reality Ferrara is globally renowned as the bike's city. From the
15th century Ferrara reached its highest growth, under the power of the Este family. The
Maecenatism of the Dukes of Este has been a very effective attractant for a Whole Lot of artists,
Particularly architects like Biagio Rossetti, Girolamo da Carpi, Giovanni Battista Aleotti,
painters such as Piero della Francesca, Francesco del Cossa, Dosso Dossi, Cosme Tura, and
literates like Torquato Tasso. This offered the stimulation for the accumulation of so many
artistic treasures in Ferrara and the evolution and renaissance transformation of the city.
The Cathedral, masterpiece of Nicolò, the magnificent and absolutely preserved powerful Ferrara
castle, the world renowned the "Palazzo dei Diamanti", masterpiece of Biagio Rossetti, with its
more than eight million diamond shaped ashlars, and also the superb fresco cycle of "the
Months" in Schifanoia Palace, masterpiece of the "Officina Ferrarese", a very rare renaissance
cycle of paintings of profane subject, are just the main attractions of Ferrara. In addition, the
surrounding territory is extremely abundant of artistic and pragmatic factors of attention, first of
all the "Delizie Estensi", ancient country residences of the Este family. The main of them, the
Belriguardo Castle, was a little Italian Versailles in which the court spent the summertime, and
was celebrated by Goethe in his "Italian journey".
The close Delta of the Po River is a precious naturalistic region, protected under the normal
reserve of the "Delta del Po" Park, and is among the greatest places in Italy and in Europe for
birdwatching with more than 300 distinct species of birds registered.
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