Hotel Le Corti
Via Traversagno 32, Ferrara, 44100, Italy
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Travel Tips for Ferrara
Palazzo dei Diamanti
Can't understand how they thought to name it thus! I digress, this famous palace today houses a modern art gallery, a museum devoted to the Risorgimento and the Pinacoteca Nazionale that has Renaissance works from local artists.
It's situated on the Corso Ercole d'Este 21 and is open Tuesdays to Sundays.
Requested by Sigismondo d'Este around 1493, it is definitely the masterpiece of the court architect and town-planner Biagio Rossetti, taking its name from the 8,500 "diamonds" which form the marble rustication of the original facing.
Situated at the junction of two main roads of the "Addizione", the building symbolises the prestige and glory of the House of Este, but is also intended to highlight the cross-road itself.
The Palazzo was designed for a diagonal vision and its focal point is therefore the corner, embellished by the splendid candelabras sculpted by Gabriele Frisoni and the attractive small balcony shown in this picture.
Bikes Rule in Ferrara
One of the reasons that we found Ferrara so delightful is because almost everyone here rides bicycles. It is amusing to see: a well dressed businessman, with briefcase in hand, on a bicycle; teen-agers in packs on bicycles; older woman with shopping packages on a bicycle; parents with children on the back of their bicycles; and people with dogs in baskets on bicycles.
One day when we were out walking, we saw a pretty young woman park her bicycle in front of an elegant Woman's Shop. Her small dog was in the front basket of the bicycle without a leash or any other restraint.
She was in the store for about twenty minutes. We watched, and soon a group of teen-agers came by on foot and stopped to pet and talk to the talk; I walked over and took a pretty close-up photo of the dog; shortly thereafter, the young woman came out of the store, bags in hand, got on her bike and pedaled off. Allan took the photo of her leaving.
This is not an isolated incident. We saw it over and over again. People in Ferrara love their bikes, and they love their dogs, especially the small ones.
It was so refreshing to spend three days and nights in a city where the major form of transportation is bicycles.
Always travel light...
My preference is a back pack if travel by train is expected, but a suitcase is much easier if you are traveling by car. Winter, Fall, Spring. Layer your clothing to accomodate the big changes in weather. Walking causes a person to overheat, and if you can remove layers rather than a heavy sweater or coat, you will remain comfortable, without feeling a chill as evening comes. Carry an umbrella at all times.
Change your socks twice a day, and you will feel much better. Never wear new shoes without breaking them in gradually before hand. Sun block, and blister packs, as well as North American bandaids. Italian bandaids fall off. Everything is available, just don't get caught without spare batteries. Remember the afternoon closures in Italy. Summer time almost requires the wearing of shorts and sandles.
Do you wanna have so me BBQ 8)?
I really like this restaurant so much... Here's one of my favourites in Ferrara. If you like BBq, here you'll find everything...
There is a cheeful cooker that an expert of the BBQ and he cut the meat in front of you and bake it again in front of you... There are heaps of different kind of wines from all around Italy... My favourite dish is Fiorentina... And tagliata... In the picture you see them... The meat in small pieces is Tagliata and the other's fiorentina.. Very yummy!
And tiramisu and mascarpone are to die for....
Chiesa San Paolo
The Chiesa San Paolo is a church built in 1573 by Alberto Schiatti over a project of the 12th century. The church has got three naves and you can see inside it some importantant Renaissance paintings made by Porri, Pellegrini, Casella, Campanili etc....
On the right side of the church there is the ancient convent.