Ferrara Travel Guide

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Ferrara Things to Do

  • Depth Of Floods Shown

    At the side of Piazza Savonarola is a marble monument which shows the various depths of floods during the past centuries. The city has been covered with watered numerous times and it is amazing how deep the water was.The dates of the floods are recorded on the monument.

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  • Walking The Streets Of Ferrara

    Ferrara has a great history, you can see that when you reach Piazza Savonrola and see the castle. Complete with a moat and towers, the castle is in fairly good condition. You can take a boat ride on the weekends, which could be fun especially for children. Ferrara has a great history of foods, and your visit to a local trattoria will make your day...

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  • Castello Estense, Part IV

    “We took our lunch in historic Ferrara, and I feel one could almost write a book about the castle alone. I took a photograph of one of the grim towers of the castle, where the beautiful, pleasure-loving, young, artistic, athletic Marchesa Parisina Malatesta, wife of Niccolo III, was made to expiate the crime of her guilty love with Ugo...

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  • Castello Estense, Part II

    “A minute, before the monstrous moated castle of Ferrara, which, like an illustration to a wild romance, came back again in the red sunrise, lording it over the solitary, grass-grown, withered town.”—from “Pictures from Italy” 1846 by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) The town of Ferrara may have been withered in the 1840s when Dickens visited; but it...

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  • Duomo - statue of Alberto V d'Este

    On the right part of the facade, just above side entrance to the cathedral, there is the statue of Alberto V d'Este, who in 1391obtained a papal bull from Boniface IX for the institution of a University.The right side of the Cathedral is flanked by a series of a small haberdashers shops.

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  • Castello Estense

    The four defending towers; the Tower of the Lions, the Marchesana Tower, St. Catherine's Tower and St. Paul's Tower were the sentry points of an enormous fortress surrounded by a moat much wider than the present one.Before the castle was built, an old 25 m high watchtower from 900 stood to defend the northern line of the city walls, near strategic...

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Ferrara Restaurants

  • Delicios local food

    This is my favorite restaurant in Ferrrara, I come back every time I am in town.It is centrally located and easy to find. It is nicely decorated with antique and with delicious hanging salumi.It is well known among the local so if you go during the weekend it is better to book in advance as it tend to get full. Cold cuts are great in this area and...

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  • Regional Cuisine A Specialty

    Located adjacent to the piazza named after Girolamo Savonarola, this restaurant is my top pick of Ferrara restaurants. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed with our choices, which feature cuisine noted from the Ferrara area.If you are looking for spaghetti and meatballs, forget it, don't even ask. You will be getting food...

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  • Fish Place with great pasta, too

    We found this ristorante Pizzeria while driving from Bologan, it lies on the east side of the main road. The ristorante is known for its seafood, but while we were looking at the menu we saw lots of great dishes go by, and on this day, a Sunday, the locals were really digging in which told us that we were in the right place.Owned by a local family,...

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Ferrara Nightlife

  • Old fashion cafe

    There is beautiful old fashionable cafe-bar on Piazza Savonarola with outstanding glass garden overlooking the square and the nearby Castello Estense. There was heavy rain, that late afternoon, when I came to Farrara and it was the best possible spot to have esspresso and glass of white wine. I spend some time here, just before dinner time,...

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  • Street music

    From August 22-28, the city of Ferrara was host of the 18th international festival of street music, known also as the Buskers Festival. The groups and the individual musicians, from all over the world, came to Ferrara in that week making it joyful and colourful capital of Italy at that moment. There was music for everybodies taste, from classical...

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Ferrara Transportation

  • Visit Ferrara on foot

    The best way to visit Ferrara is on foot, if you don't mind walking a little. All palaces and churches are quite close to the centre, i.e. to the Castle and the Cathedral.While you are walking, even in pedestrian streets, pay great attention to the cyclists. Ferrara is the city of bikes: cyclists drive anywhere and don't care about pedestrians at...

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  • Another word on train travel...

    I suggest you take time to read a map ahead of boarding your train. Familiarize yourself with the route you might be taking, then check the large train schedules located throughout every station for the departure times. Note the various stops along the way. This is helpful to know you are on the right train, especially at night. If you sit in the...

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  • Trenitalia to Ferrara

    We don't own a vehicle, so train travel has become our preferred method of transportation through default. We never travel 1st Class, finding little need for it, nor do we book the EuroStar. EuroStar is consistantly late, plus way over priced, at least by 40% compared to Trenitalia's 2nd Class service.We find the trains to be very efficient,...

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Ferrara Shopping

  • Pampepato: the chocolate special bisquit

    In all the patisserie and bakery fresh made or industial in the supermarket A little bit of Pampepato history:During the 1600s, the nuns of the Corpus Domini convent in Ferrara, drawing on an old recipe created by the great Renaissance cook Cristoforo da Messisbugo, created a cake to send to the great personages of the age. Cocoa had only recently...

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  • Ferrara bread: la coppia

    In all bakery shop The coppia, the typical bread of Ferrara, has recently received from the EU the I.G.P mark (Protected Geographical Identification).The "twisted" or "twined" bread, the ancestor of today’s coppia appeared in 1536 during a dinner party offered by Messer Giglio in honour of the Duke of Ferrara. The famous coppia (in dialect...

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  • Salama da sugo

    In the butcher shop or 'salumerie' ( special salami shop) or in good food markets It was a typicol Cristhmas dishes, now u can find it in many restaurant all the year.The salama is an unusual mixture of pork meat with spices and red wine, which acquires its unmistakable taste after a long seasoning period, during which it remains either hanging...

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Ferrara Local Customs

  • Cappellacci di Zucca

    We always enjoy trying local foods during our travels, so when we visited Ferrara (as a day trip from Bologna) in June 2010, my girlfriend and I studied the cuisine section of our guidebook with interest.Being in Italy, we were not surprised to read that Ferrara's most famous dish is one that features pasta; Cappellacci di Zucca.More specifically,...

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  • Il Palio di San Giorgio: Flag Carriers

    The most impressive group of revelers to participate in palio festivities were alfieri, the flag bearers. They performed choreographed formations, tossing banners into the air. Up close, we got to watch them practice their moves on Piazza Castello. It was a thrill.I liked watching the young boys being instructed by the experienced men in the art...

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  • Il Palio di San Giorgio: Bambini

    One of the joyful sights at il Palio di San Giorgio was the participation of the children. They seemed genuinely interested in the proceedings. This is their heritage and they are proud of it at such a young age. That is a good thing.

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Ferrara Warnings and Dangers

  • Parking your car

    Biking is the main means of transportation in Ferrara. Apparently only city residents can park on the streets, so if you are driving, try to find the nearest car park. We left our car at the "Parcheggio CENTRO STORICO", which was a couple of blocks away. € 4.50 for 24hrs. If you have luggage, it's advisable to leave them first at the hotel before...

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  • Mind the bicycles!

    The number of people who ride a bicycle is much higher in Ferrara than in many Italian middle-sized cities. However, this can prove a danger for those who are not accustomed to the way the Ferrarese ride their bikes.Cyclists feel as the masters of the streets, they do not break when they get close to a pedestrian, they ignore that all bikes have a...

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  • Closed on Mondays...

    As a 'general' rule of thumb, attractions are closed in Italy on Mondays. Be sure to check ahead to confirm that what you have traveled thousands of miles to see, is going to be open to the public.Ferrara is a dead loss on Mondays. The castello, which we particularly did want to view, closes on Mondays. Strangely, the Tourist Information Centre was...

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Ferrara What to Pack

  • 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...

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  • Easy to find...

    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 OfficeCastello Estense44100 FERRARA (FE )Tel: 0039 0532 209370 / 299303Fax: 0039 0532...

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Ferrara Off The Beaten Path

  • The Coat-of-Arms of Ferrara

    The coat of arms of the Comune di Ferrara is that of the family that ruled the area for many centuries, the Este family. The partition of the field is parted horizontally, with the upper part Argent (Silver/White) and the lower part Sable (Black).

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  • Synagogue of Ferrara - Scola Tedesca

    Scola Tedesca, in Via Mazzini 95, is the only surviving of the several synagogues that once flourished in Ferrara. It is located in the historic Jewish building from 1421. It would seem that Jews excisted in Ferrara in 1088, but only under the Dukes of Este in the 15th century the community developed rapidly.The building also houses a Jewish Museum...

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  • Arched house

    I suppose we all, memers of VT, are somehow cloned when writing reports from our travellings, in particularly if the tip is about ancient or medieval times structure. I guess it's because when strolling in some town we are "armed" with the city maps and brochures which indicating what to see, where it is located and whats the name of the structure....

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Ferrara Sports & Outdoors

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    by Azhut Written Aug 11, 2003

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    The Country Club Fossadalbero, about 15 kilometres from Ferrara, has its seat in a "Delizia" of the Este family, a magnificent XV century castle, built by the architect Giovanni da Siena and commissioned by the marquis Nicolò III, and completed under the duke Borso.

    Equipment: TECHNICAL DATA: 9 holes, metres 1562, par 29 - metres 600, par 27 (Pitch & Putt).

    FACILITIES: Practice course, putting green, pitching green, bar, restaurant, swimming-pool, tennis courts, football ground.

    SEASON: March to November.
    Closing day: Monday
    Green fee: 16 Euro.
    Green fee for the practice course: 11 Euro.

    HOW TO GET THERE: Motorway Bologna - Padova, exit Ferrara nord, follow the northern ring road and then the indication Copparo (on the left). After Boara, turn left to Ruina. Turn left again to Fossadalbero.

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Ferrara Favorites

  • Porta Paula

    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.

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  • The city walls

    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...

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  • Ferrara Tourist Office Links

    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:MAIL: infotur@provincia.fe.itTELEPHONE: +39 0532...

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