of course you need a city map to visit Ferrara. You can find it to the tourist office. But the easiest way to get it is to go to MC Donald's in front of the Cathedral, there you can have very usefull maps.
Tourist Information Office
44100 FERRARA (FE )
Tel: 0039 0532 209370 / 299303
Fax: 0039 0532 212266
Luggage and bags:
My preference is a back pack if travel by train is expected, but a suitcase is much easier if you are traveling by car.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun block, and blister packs, as well as North American bandaids. Italian bandaids fall off.
Photo Equipment: Everything is available, just don't get caught without spare batteries. Remember the afternoon closures in Italy.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Summer time almost requires the wearing of shorts and sandles.