A city full of sightworthy places
In Ferrara it is impossible to get bored, thanks to the wide range of options available to its travelers.
However, there are some places that you can not miss at all:
Ludovico Ariosto’s House
The famous poet, who wrote the Orlando Furioso (The Frenzy of Orlando) lived in Ferrara at the end of his life. Here he completed the final version of his most famous work. Tourists can now visit his restored house and make a voyage among the relics and the works of art of the famous Italian writer.
In Ferrara there are many noteworthy churches.
The most interesting is the Cathedral, constructed in the first part of the 12th century, with its immensely beautiful facade and the fresco that covers the entire vault of the apse, called the Last Judgement and made by Bastianino.
Other interesting churches are: Cathedral of San Giorgio, built outside the city walls to the right of the Po di Volano; Church of San Francesco in Renaissance style; Church of San Paolo, full of paintings; Church of Santa Maria in Vado, where (that is what they say) an Eucharistic miracle happened in the second half of the 12th century; do not forget also Church of San Cristoforo alla Certosa, Monastery of Corpus Domini, Church of Sacre Stimmate (sacred stigmata), Church of San Benedetto, Monastery of Sant’Antonio in Polesine, and many more.
The Castello Estense
In the heart of the city you can find the the famous and important Este Castle, built by Bartolino from Novara, the architect of the Este court. For a long time it was a military structure which later became a sumptuous and noble residence. Not to be missed the prisons in the basement, the kitchens on the ground floor wanted by Duke Alfonso I, the Loggia and the Garden of the Oranges.
Jewish Ghetto in Ferrara
Here the Jewish community lives. This area was created in the early 1600s by the papal government in the current Via Mazzini, Via Vignatagliata and Via Vittoria. In Via Mazzini at number 95 you can see the old synagogue.
There are many museums to visit: The National Museum of Italian Judaism and the Shoah that traces the history of the Jewish Community from '300 to today; the Cathedral Museum, neighboring the Cathedral itself, the Lapidary Civic Museum that hosts Roman sarcophagi and epigraphs, Schifanoia Museum with works of Ferrara Renaissance painting school, the Civic Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Model Town, the Museum of Risorgimento and Resistance, the Museum of Geo-paleontology and the National Art Gallery which hosts prestigious art pieces of Ferrara.
Palazzo dei Diamanti
Palazzo dei Diamanti is a palace built in late 1400s and takes its name from the diamond-shaped marbled bricks studding the façade. Inside this beautiful building there is the Civic Gallery of Modern Art. It is the symbol of Ferrara, with the four towers surrounded by a moat, symbol of the greatness of the Este family, and elegant white balustrades.