Cathedral

Piazza della Cattedrale, Ferrara

The cathedral of Ferrara dates from the 12th century and bears witness to all the historical periods ...

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Piazza della Cattedrale, Ferrara

Opening Hours

Working days: 7.30-12.00 / 16.00-18.30.
Sundays and holidays: 7.30-12.30 / 16.00-19.30.

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The cathedral of Ferrara dates from the 12th century and bears witness to all the historical periods of the city. The outstanding façade was begun in Romanesque style, still visible in the lower part. The upper part was built some decades later in a Gothic style and besides the numerous small arches and windows presents an extraordinary Last Judgment by an unknown sculptor. The side facing Piazza Trento e Trieste is decorated with two galleries and small columns of various shapes. The interior was completely rebuilt at various times and today hosts a complex decoration of paintings and sculptures.

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Palazzo dei Diamanti

Corso Ercole I d'Este, 21, 44121 Ferrara

The magnificent Palazzo dei Diamanti, at the centre of the Addizione Erculea, on the important cross ...

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Corso Ercole I d'Este, 21, 44121 Ferrara

Opening Hours

National Gallery 9.00-14.00. Thursdays: 9.00-19.00.
Visits are possible during the opening hours of the National Gallery and of the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art.

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The magnificent Palazzo dei Diamanti, at the centre of the Addizione Erculea, on the important crossroads known as the Quadrivio degli Angeli belonged to the duke’s brother Sigismondo d’Este. Its name derives from over 8000 pink and white marble ashlars in the form of pyramids (or diamonds) that cover the two façades. The architect Biagio Rossetti rendered it a townplanning masterpiece by placing the most important decoration on the corner: a contrivance destined to highlight the importance of the crossroads. Today, the palace is home to museums: Pinacoteca Nazionale and Galleria d'Arte Moderna.

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Palazzo Municipale

Piazza Municipale, 2 - Ferrara

Begun in 1245, the City Hall was the residence of the Este family until the 16th century. ...

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Piazza Municipale, 2 - Ferrara

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Working days 9,00 – 14.00 Closing days Saturdays, Sundays and holidays

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Begun in 1245, the City Hall was the residence of the Este family until the 16th century. The main entrance is through Volto del Cavallo, opposite the cathedral, and is flanked by two sculptures, copies of the original 15th century ones. The present-day facade is a neo-Gothic reconstruction that includes the Torre della Vittoria, where the bronze monument to Victory, a work of great value by Arrigo Minerbi (1918) is housed. Today the building hosts the municipality of the city of Ferrara

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The walls, stretching for nine kilometres, surround Ferrara almost entirely, forming one of the most ...

Corso Ercole I d’EstePublic squares and streets

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Opening Hours

Always open

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The walls, stretching for nine kilometres, surround Ferrara almost entirely, forming one of the most comprehensive and varied routes in Italy. All the most significant periods of Italian military architecture are represented there, surrounded by the greenery of the embankments and ramparts. Also studied by -michelangelo as an example of the highest military art, the red tile curtain walls bear wirtness to the important past of the city.Nowadays, the city walls have become a large park, in addition to the smaller ones within the city.

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Piazza Ariostea

Piazza Ariostea - Ferrara

This very special oval piazza set below ground level and also famous for the races of the Palio, is ...

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Piazza Ariostea - Ferrara

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Always open

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This very special oval piazza set below ground level and also famous for the races of the Palio, is the work of the architect Biagio Rossetti.
The town-planning intent was to give the new city (the so-called Addizione Erculea) its own meeting point, which could then become the 'new market square'. But the main marketplace always remained the one along the side of the Cathedral. The piazza, framed by two of Rossetti's palaces with porticoes, was formerly called Piazza Nuova, but is now named after the poet Ludovico Ariosto, whose statue stands at the centre on a column.

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Delizia Estense di Benvignante

SS 16 per Argenta, Benvignante

This work by the court architect, Pietro Benvenuto degli Ordini, was carried out for Borso d'Es ...

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SS 16 per Argenta, Benvignante

Opening Hours

Visit only outside

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This work by the court architect, Pietro Benvenuto degli Ordini, was carried out for Borso d'Este and is an excellent example of the refined, elegant Ferrarese style during the Renaissance period.
Although the building is in the category of a country villa, it also played an important role as both a defensive outpost and as a symbol of political power. This might was represented by the vaulted, turreted tower in the centre of the building. The coat of arms gazes out over the brickwork arched entrance and is yet another sign of the splendour of times gone by.

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Delizia Estense di Belriguardo

Strada Provinciale 274, Voghiera (Fe)

Built in 1435, the Delizia del Belriguardo was the first to be built outside the walls of Ferrara. I ...

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Strada Provinciale 274, Voghiera (Fe)

Opening Hours

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 10-12; 15.00-18.00. All days: with reservation for groups.Visits are possible during the opening hours of the Archaeological Museum.

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Built in 1435, the Delizia del Belriguardo was the first to be built outside the walls of Ferrara. It was one of the largest and most sumptuous stately homes of the Renaissance period, so much so that it was dubbed "The Versailles of the Estensi". Besides the main building, it included two loggias around the minor buildings, with stables that could accommodate up to 200 horses. The entire complex was surrounded by vast gardens with ponds and fountains, embrasured walls with painted towers and a moat. Today, the Delizia houses two museums.

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Delizia Estense del Verginese

Via del Verginese, Gambulaga

In the small village of Gambulaga, set in the green countryside, stands this quaint Estense turreted ...

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Via del Verginese, Gambulaga

Opening Hours

Sat and holidays:
10.00-12.30/15.00-18.30 (November - March)
10.00-12.30 / 15.30-19.00 (April - October).
All days: with reservation for groups

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In the small village of Gambulaga, set in the green countryside, stands this quaint Estense turreted villa, which, due to its small size, looks like a sort of miniature castle. Alfonso I had it built at the beginning of the 16th century on the banks of the River Sandolo, The architect Girolamo da Carpi converted a pre-existing farmhouse configuring the building as a castle bordered by four square embrasured towers. The aim was by no means defensive, but was highly ornamental and ostentatious. Alongside, stands a small 18th-century church, joined the building by a portico of the same period.

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Villa della Mensa

Strada per Formignana, Sabbioncello San Vittore

This is a monumental complex of great importance, where the bishops of Ferrara stayed until the peri ...

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Strada per Formignana, Sabbioncello San Vittore

Opening Hours

Temporarily closed

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This is a monumental complex of great importance, where the bishops of Ferrara stayed until the period of the Napoleonic suppression (1797). The great villa was built on the orders of Bartholomew della Rovere, nephew of the Pope Sixtus IV and brother of the Pope Jiulius II between 1474 and 1495. The Villa has a polygonal groundplan and a cloistered court. The front of the building, facing west, continues in two walls with battlements that extend to the service courtyards at the sides of the villa.

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Trepponti

Comacchio

The reason for which this singular structure was built lies in the need for defending the city. ...

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Comacchio

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Always open

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The reason for which this singular structure was built lies in the need for defending the city. In fact, the only means of access was from the confluence of the river ways. It is the one single building which best represents the lagoon features of the city of Comacchio. It’s formed of five wide rounded staircases, each one extending over one of the canals, topped by a central structure in Istrian stone and two towers. Its purpose was to connect the network of internal canals with the canal leading to the sea. At the foot of the bridge there is a square on which the old fish market was located.

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The Pickling Factory

Via Mazzini 200, Comacchio

The imposing eel pickling factory at Comacchio is a piece of the delta's history. Life in the V ...

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Via Mazzini 200, Comacchio

Opening Hours

Winter (1 November-28 February): 9.30-13.00 / 14.30-18.00; Summer (1 March-31 October): 9.30-12.30 / 15.00-19.00.
Guided visits on arrangement.

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The imposing eel pickling factory at Comacchio is a piece of the delta's history. Life in the Valli was hard, a life spent between the ubiquitous water and the meagre patches of flat land, searching for eels and fish to survive.The Museo dei Fuochi tells of these affairs with its twelve functioning chimneys that served to give the eel that characteristic cooking that has put it back on modern menus. The fires, the spits and the barrels have all been restored to recreate the fascinating storyline of a territory interwoven with legends and truths.

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The Valleys of Comacchio

Via Agatopisto, 3 Comacchio

Although land reclamation has reduced their size, the marshes are still one of the largest lagoon sy ...

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Via Agatopisto, 3 Comacchio

Opening Hours

From April 1 to June 8 and from September 13 to October 31
Excursions 11.00am-3.00pm guaranteed
Excursions 9.00am-5.00pm departure guaranteed with minimum 10 people
From June 9 to September 12
Excursions 11.00am-5.00pm guaranteed
Excursions 9.00am-3.00pm departure guaranteed with minimum 10 people

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Although land reclamation has reduced their size, the marshes are still one of the largest lagoon systems in Italy. They cover an area of more than 11,000 hectares between Comacchio and the river Reno and are connected to the sea via canals. They form an environment of rare beauty within the Po Delta Park: in some places the stretches of brackish water are interrupted by rises in the land or divided by embankments and ancient sandbars, in others they extend freely like mirrors reflecting the ever-changing light of the sky. The valleys are included in the Po Delta regional Park.

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Campotto oasis

Via Cardinala 1/c Campotto

The Campotto Oasis is part of the Po Delta Park and represents an important rest area for migratory ...

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Via Cardinala 1/c Campotto

Opening Hours

Valle Santa: free. Thu, Sat., Sun. entirely open.
Val Campotto, Valle Bassarone and Bosco del Traversante only with a guide together with the Museum - min. 5 pax.

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The Campotto Oasis is part of the Po Delta Park and represents an important rest area for migratory birds. A station for the capture and ringing of wild birds is based in the oasis, where experts meet periodically to check the routes of migratory flocks of birds. The Oasis isd divided into three parts: the Campotto and Bassarone floodplains, the Valle Santa and the Traversante wood.
The lagoons were created in their present form at the beginning of the last century and essentially serve as enlarged reservoirs to hold any waters overflowing from the rivers in the Lower Bologna Plain.

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Mesola Wood

Via dei Frassini 24, Mesola

The Gran Bosco della Mesola covers an area of 1,058 hectares which represent the remains of a woodla ...

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Via dei Frassini 24, Mesola

Opening Hours

Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and holidays from 9 a.m. to one hour before sunset. Open from March to October. Not all the wood can be visited, but the trails allow sightings of red deer and fallow deer. Access on foot, by bicycle or on the ecological farm wagon.

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The Gran Bosco della Mesola covers an area of 1,058 hectares which represent the remains of a woodland complex, once much larger, which originated around the year 1000. One part of the wood is a Full Nature Reserve, an area fully protected and left to its natural evolution, while the rest of the area is a Nature Reserve. The terrain is of alluvial origin and is irregular, a symptom of ancient dunes which in parts form pools of water with marsh vegetation. The wood is part of the Po Delta regional Park.

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