Discover Ferrara, a wonderful historic city in the heart of Emilia Romagna.
In its history, the city was a real artistic pole during the Renaissance. In fact, Ferrara has become known in the past as the homeland of the Estense family. The family has contributed in an inexpressible way to the cultural and architectural development of the city. Thanks to them, Ferrara has gone from being a small country town to a city recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to see in Ferrara:
Ferrara has several places of cultural and artistic interest that deserve an in-depth look.
Let’s list some of them:
The Cathedral Basilica of San Giorgio, or Ferrara Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral named in honour of the patron saint of the city. It stands in the city centre just next to the Estense Castle.
The Estense Castle.
The Estense Castle is the main monument of Ferrara. It stands majestically in the city centre surrounded by a moat.
It is a Renaissance building, built at the beginning of September 1385.
The City Walls.
It has a length of more than 9 km and was built in the Renaissance by the Estensi family to defend the city. Today they stand out as a place for recreation and sport where you can jog or ride a bicycle.
It takes its name from the writer Giorgio Bassani who wrote the famous novel set in Ferrara entitled “The Garden of the Finzicontini”. The park is located in the north of the city and covers an area of 1200 hectares.
It is one of the iconic places of the city. Important art exhibitions are held here, attracting tourists from all over the world.
Typical food from Ferrara.
Apart from culture and art, Ferrara certainly stands out on national soil, also for its culinary traditions.
From the Emilian city come dishes such as:
- The pumpkin Cappellacci, a fresh pasta stuffed with pumpkin.
- The gravy salami. The cured meat – or, to be more precise, the sausage
- The Ferrarese pie.
- The Coppia bread.
- The tender cake.
Events in Ferrara.
The city hosts several important events that attract hundreds of travellers every year. Let’s list some of them:
Ferrara Under the Stars.
A summer festival that has been hosting international rock and Indian artists for over 25 years with events in the heart of the city.
Ferrara Buskers Festival.
It is considered the main street artist festival in the world. It has existed for over 30 years and has more than 9,000 artists with 800,000 visitors every year
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As you may have noticed, Ferrara, however small, is an incredibly attractive city. On your next visit to Italy, you can’t forget to add it to the list of the cities to visit on our peninsula.