Things to see and do - Ferrara
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Ferrara Travel guide
Ferrara : Michelin's recommendations
With its wide avenues, empty squares and austere palaces, Ferrara seems to have come straight out of a painting by Giorgio De Chirico. Born in Ferrara, this famous painter used the town as a source of inspiration for his “metaphysical painting”. However, it was the architect Biagio Rossetti and the Este family who were responsible for the fine Renaissance district, which is often referred to as the “first modern town in Europe”.
Tourist attractions Ferrara : Things to see and do
Piazza Cattedrale I - 44100 Ferrara
This Cathedral in the Romanesque-Gothic Lombard style has a beautiful tripartite façade endowed with a magnificent canopy (over the door), decorated with a depiction of the Last judgement. You will notice on the right side of the building (where the ..
Corso Ercole I d’Este 21 I - 44100 Ferrara
With a façade embellished by bosses (8 500 "diamonds" covering its walls), this palace is the most important work by architect Biagio Rossetti, who clearly intended angularity to be the key feature. It accommodates the Pinacoteca Nazionale ..
Largo Castello 1 I - 44100 Ferrara
The powerful edifice, built in 1385 and transformed in the 16C into a princely abode, was the home of the Este family. An upper covered passageway links it to the town hall, formerly a ducal palace. The orangery, ducal chapel and rooms, rich in fresc..
Via Padiglioni 5 I - 44100 Ferrara
Prix Prices from : 53 €
Set in the heart of Ferrara, Hotel De Prati a 2-minute walk from the Opera House and 400 metres from the Diamond Palace. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV. Salami, breads and sweet and savoury pastries are served dai..
Corso Porta Reno 32 I - 44121 Ferrara
Prix Prices from : 70 €
Just 50 metres from the Cathedral, Hotel Nazionale is in the historic centre of Ferrara with its Castle Estense. It offers modern rooms with LCD TV and free Wi-Fi. All air-conditioned, rooms here have a contemporary design with wood floors and aller..
Via Correggiari 4/A I - 44100 Ferrara
Prix Prices from : 64 €
In Ferrara's historic centre, Hotel Corte Estense is just a few steps from Ferrara Cathedral. It offers free Wi-Fi and features frescoes, wood-beamed ceilings and antique furnishings. The Corte Estense is set in a converted 17th-century building. Ro..
via Castelnuovo 9 I - 44121 FERRARA
A more classical dining room with modern coloured accessories. A small atmospheric location with attentiveness to both service and cuisine, offering both creative dishes and more traditional fare. Also has an outdoor section.
via del Gambero 4 I - 44121 Ferrara
An unmissable highlight for anyone wanting to sample the best of Ferrara's cuisine. The chef pays tribute to local specialities such as: butternut squash cappellacci, pasticcio di maccheroni in crosta di pasta frolla (a type of maccheroni pie) and sa..
via Ravenna 1048 I - 44040 GAIBANA
Don't be fooled by its simple and unfussy appearance - Trattoria Lanzagallo is one of the best restaurants in the province for top quality fish dishes, which are authentic and full of flavour. The turbot fillet with a potato crust is highly recommend..
Corso Ercole I° 1 I - 44121 Ferrara
Set in the former seat of the Stock Exchange. Peaceful and full of charm, an informal location to pause for a hot or cold dish, such as a selection of cheeses and cured meats.
via Bononi 34 I - 44124 FERRARA
via largo Castello 38 I - 44121 FERRARA
This fine restaurant is located in a courtyard and the large windows provide a splendid view of the castle. The cuisine reflects the inspiration and enthusiasm of the youthful management.
corso Ercole I D'Este I - 44121 FERRARA
Highly creative cuisine served in a stylish and elegant setting. The chef works with top quality ingredients to produce contemporary dishes that are memorable and full of flavour.