Favorite thing: Porta Paula is the best preserved and most impressive city gate. It was designed by Giovanni Battista Aleotti and built in 1612. The gate was dedicated to Pope Paul V who was pontiff at that time. During times of Napoleon and French occupation the gate was called Porta Reno.
The historic centre of Ferrara is encircled by the magnificent walls from both medieval and Renaissance times. The city walls are very well preserved and streching in length of nine kilometres around the town. It is one of the most impressive defensive system of the Middle Ages in whole of Italy. Most of the walls were built in the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century during rule of d'Este family. Some wals were added during Papal's rule of the town, in late 16th and 17th centuries.
Once defensive system nowadays is trransformed into a place where locals meeting friends, practicing sports and recreation.
It is not so simple to know when a tourist site reopen after a reconstruction because sometimes delays could occur often due to older sites under the one existent.
Anyway I suggest you to keep a contact with Ferrara Tourist Office one week before your stay in Bologna on October.
I found these links:
TELEPHONE: +39 0532 599490
FAX: +39 0532 212266
Hope to be helpful!
Welcome in my Country!
Via Arturo Cassoli is a pleasant street of Ferrara, bordered with trees and providing a bicycle and pedestrian land. It would be a street like many others in this city, if it wasn't for a beautiful house full of flowers.
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this is the official web site of Provincia di Ferrara and here inthis map u can find the location of the main Hotel, restaurant and B&b, camping.......
Fondest memory: I parked my car quite close to this portal and, had there been no barricades, jackhammers and dusty workmen, might have taken a picture of the whole entrance! As it was, this will have to suffice though it does manage to show some of the finer points of the portal.
In this website u can fidn good info on the main attrections, events, hotel and restaurants, food and more
This is the official touristic web site of the Ferrara Provincia
Favorite thing: Contemporary architecture of Ferrara fits perfectly into the old core of the town. It almost look alike to the medieval buildings and houses which might be seen in its close surroundings. As far as I have seen it, not many city authorities have planed the new structure of the town with such a care. Well done Ferraresi!
Found this very useful website on Ferrara:
Favorite thing: There's a tourist information office in the courtyard of the city hall (Palazzo Municipale) - on the left (I think) as you walk in from the cathedral. This is where I picked up my free map which proved very useful. I believe there's another office in the Castello Estense.
From the web
"The construction of Palazzo dei Diamanti (Diamonds' Palace) was ordered by Sigismondo d'Este around 1493 and is definitely the masterpiece of the court architect and town-planner Biagio Rossetti. It takes 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 emphasise the importance of the cross-roads itself. The Palazzo was designed for a diagonal vision and it focal point is therefore the corner, embellished by the splendid candelabras sculpted by Gabriele Frisoni and the attractive small balcony.
The palast houses the National Art Gallery on the first floor and the Gallery of Modern Art on the ground floor".
So much to see in Ferrara; here's a summary.
Casa Romei: Via Savonarola 30. Beautiful Renaissance house built for Giovanni Romei. Now part of monastery Corpus Domini
Certosa: Viale della Certosa. Former Carthusian monastery dates to 1462. Converted to city cemetery.
Church of San Benedetto, Piazzale S. Benedetto. Church almost destroyed during WWII. Rebuilt after 1950.
Church di San Giorgio, Piazzale S. Giorgio. 1st cathedral of Ferrara. Great frescoes.
Church di Santa Maria in Vado, Via Borgovado. Ancient church with "Temple of the Holy Blood" where on Easter day, 1171, vault of church was stained with blood which spurted out of the Host.
Ghetto e Sinagoghe (Ghetto and Synagogues) The Jewish community flourished until the end of 16th century. Papal government in the 1600's shut the Jews in a ghetto & made them wear badges. (lasted two centuries).
The Walls..town surrounded by walls where you can walk or bike. Start from Porta Paula or Porta Reno.
a. Palazzina Marfisa d'Este (C.so Giovecca 170)
b. Palazzo Bonacossi (Via Cisterna del Follo, 5)
c. Palazzo Costabili (Via XX Settembre, 124)
d. Palazzo di Giulio d'Este (c.soErcoleI d'Este,16)
e. Palazzo Naselli-Crispi (Via Borgo dei Leoni, 28)
f. Palazzo Paradiso (Via delle Science, 17)
City Library now
Piazza Ariostea: In this square on the last Sunday of May, the "Palio" is run.
Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (Gallery of Modern & Contemporary Art) Internationally famous for temporary exhibitions.
Civic Museums of Ancient Art & Medieval Art (Via Scandiana 23) famous for its "Hall of Months" that has some of Italy's most important frescoes of the 15th century.
National Archaeological Museum (Via XX Settembre, 124) Findings from Greek-Etruscan city of Spina.
Botanical Garden (Corso porta Mare, 2) Over 1,7000 species of plants.
Palazzina Marfisa d'Este (Corso Giovecca, 170) Furniture museum
Fondest memory: This is just a smattering of what is here.
But, my favorite times in Ferrara were the times we walked the streets, talked with locals, ate local cuisine, and "soaked" up the atmosphere that is uniquely Ferrara.
Time out in the park. I seem to remember going there to use the public toilets but being disappointed as they were closed (yes, another closure) for repair. Still, it was a nice part otherwise.
Fondest memory: Yep, there was just the lion, me and Cesare Battisti. I next wrote (Trento 12 VII 1916). I assume that inscription was at the base of the sculpture. Perhaps a gift from the good people of Trento?
Can't understand how they thought to name it thus!
Fondest memory: 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.
From 1505 to 1509 this palace was built on the Corso della Giovecca. Peeking through the main entrance you can still see the courtyard gardens in the rear section.
Another item of interest is the Hotel Europa next door, famous for the fact that a Mr. Verdi, he of operatic fame, stayed there. Its facade is nowhere near as attractive though.