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Ferrara Recommended Recommended : 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”.

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Tourist attractions Ferrara : Things to see and do

  • Cathedral (Duomo) Recommended Recommended

    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 ..

  • Palazzo dei Diamanti Recommended Recommended

    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 ..

  • Castello Estense Interesting

    Largo Castello 1 I - 44100 Ferrara

    With its princes and patrons who were at times rather bloodthirsty (not unusual in those days), the Este family ruled Ferrara from 1208 to 1598 and certainly knew how to beautify their city. Protected by four drawbridged chatelets, the castle reflect..

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Hotels Ferrara

  • Hotel Torre della Vittoria Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    Corso Porta Reno 17 I - 44121 Ferrara

    Prix Prices from : 85 €

    Offering free WiFi and a panoramic city-view terrace, Hotel Torre della Vittoria is located in central Ferrara, within 200 metres of the Estense Castle and the cathedral. The spacious and elegant rooms have a flat-screen TV. Rooms at the Torre della..

  • Hotel Nazionale

    Corso Porta Reno 32 I - 44121 Ferrara

    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..

  • Hotel Santo Stefano Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Boccacanale Di Santo Stefano 21 I - 44121 Ferrara

    Prix Prices from : 45 €

    Hotel Santo Stefano is in Ferrara historic centre, a 5-minute walk from Castello Estense and Ferrara Cathedral. It offers classic rooms with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. A breakfast with sweet and savoury ingredients is served in the dinin..

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Restaurants Ferrara

  • Max Comfortable restaurant 

    piazza Repubblica 16 I - 40121 Ferrara

    Belonging to the new generation of restaurants, this place is located in the old town and serves seafood and special cheeses. Small dining area, with outdoor tables as well.

  • Duchessa Isabella Restaurant within a Michelin recommended hotel (or restaurant) 

    via Palestro 70 I - 44121 Ferrara

  • Ca' d'Frara Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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..

  • La Borsa Wine-Bar Quite comfortable restaurant 

    corso Ercole I D'Este 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.

  • Il Don Giovanni Comfortable restaurant  A very good restaurant in its category

    corso Ercole I° D'Este 1 I - 44121 Ferrara

    A solid partnership is behind the success of this restaurant, with one partner offering expert wine advice front of house, and the other creating imaginative dishes in the kitchen. Il Don Giovanni has put Ferrara firmly on Italy's culinary map.

  • Trattoria Lanzagallo Quite comfortable restaurant 

    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..

  • Big Night-da Giovanni Comfortable restaurant 

    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.

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